Sharpnose Point

The Morwenstow Connection

On the 7th of September 1842, the Arbroath brig 'Caledonia' founders on these north Cornwall rocks, taking the lives of it's captain and ten crew members.

Only one seaman survives the tragic event & those lost are given a

Christian burial by the Rev. R.S.Hawker. One hundred and sixty

six years later in 2008, the brig's figurehead will be respectfully

restored and mounted within Morwenstow Parish Church

where a service of dedication & celebration will be

held on the anniversary of the shipwreck to

mark the completion of the project,

a remarkable example of love

and caring from one end

of a long island to

 the other.

 

Morwenstow area, Nth Cornwall Morwenstow Church

Morwenstow Parish Church. It's grounds are the

final resting place of the brig's captain & ten crew

Higher Sharpnose Point, where the 'Caledonia' is wrecked and  

( inset ) Hawker's Hut ( the National Trust'a smallest property) where the

benign Parson ( below ) would keep an eye on the ocean for boats in distress

1842

The photographs of 'Sharpnose Point' & 'Morwenstow Church' are reproduced by kind permission of  Angus Holland, a north Cornwall resident born in Arbroath in 1945.

Caledonia''s figurehead 2

The Caledonia's

figurehead

The end of the 'Caledonia'

 

The Arbroath built brig, homeward bound from the Black Sea port of Odessa, calls into Falmouth to

bury a crewman who has died of his wounds following a knife fight in Constantinople. She leaves Falmouth

for Gloucester to discharge a cargo of wheat as a fierce north westerly gale is raging. A lookout spies huge waves breaking on Sharpnose Point and 28 year old Captain Stevenson shortens sail and tries to stand clear. However the ship refuses to come up and smashes into the rocks beneath the headland. The Captain orders

all the crew into the rigging but the mast collapses, throwing everyone into the wild sea

where all but Edward le Dain of Jersey perish.

Brig Hawker''s Hut

This image copyright Hilary Hoad - courtesy of Pictures of England.com

Rev R S Hawker

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