The tops of the masts, broken funnel from the wreck of the steam cargo ship City of Westminster (1916), showing above the water off Runnelstone, off Gwennap Head.

The top of the masts, broken funnel and bow of the steam cargo ship City of Westminster (1916), just showing above the waves off the Runnelstone rocks, south of Gwennap Head and Porthgwarra. The photographer was standing on the headland looking south towards the wreck over a long rough swell with white horses (white wave tops).

The City of Westminster (1916) had a cargo of South African maize when it struck the Runnelstone in fog and drizzle at 3pm on 8 October 1923. The ship had left Belfast for Rotterdam. The crew were taken off by the Sennan lifeboat and the Penlee lifeboat with others in the ship's boats taken in tow. The next day the ship had broken its back and now lay submerged at high water except for the masts, bow and funnel. On the night of 9 October a gale took it off the rocks into deeper water.

Object Details

ID: G14319
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Date made: 9 October 1923
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Measurements: Overall: 6 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in

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