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