A close-up view of the damage on the port side below the bridge of the cargo steamer Trooper (1902) while aground in Penzance harbour.

A close-up view of the collision damage to the port side below the bridge of the cargo steamer Trooper (1902) in Penzance harbour off the pier. The top two wooden boards from the temporary repair of the hull, just above the waterline, can be seen in the image. The broken ship's boat is partially hanging from a davit by its stern with the bow resting on the bridge. The twisted plates on the right hand side are still in place where the bow of the British Trader broke and then bent them inwards. The photographer was standing on the deck of a small coastal sailing ship that was alongside the north pier of the dock.

The cargo steamer Trooper (1902) was on passage from Manchester to London with a general cargo when it was seriously damaged in a collision with the steamer British Trader off Ruddlestone on the morning of 7 July 1902. British Trader continued with its voyage undamaged, but Trooper, full of water, made it to Penzance harbour and was grounded off the pier. [The Times, 8 July 1902, Mail & Shipping Intelligence].

Object Details

ID: G14220
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Date made: After 8 July 1902
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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