1852 AND THE WRECK OF THE OCEAN QUEEN AT THE MEW STONE

Devon Life - - History -

A par­tic­u­larly bad Christ­mas storm in the English Chan­nel sunk a yacht and a barge at Ply­mouth, and 40 tons of coal were washed away at Mill­bay Pier. The coast­guard dis­cov­ered pieces of the wreck­age at Wem­bury Church beach. It’s thought the ship, the Ocean Queen from Lon­don, had been try­ing to en­ter Ply­mouth when it be­came en­tan­gled on the reefs. The body of a 30 year old mariner washed ashore and the re­main­ing 30 strong crew were pre­sumed drowned. The cargo, thought to be bound for the West In­dies, washed ashore too and in­cluded un­bleached cal­ico, ladies dresses, women’s bon­nets and turnovers, thou­sands of reels of cot­ton thread, men’s shirts and woollen Scot­tish caps.

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