A port bow view of the cargo steamer Trooper (1902) aground in Penzance harbour undergoing temporary repairs.

A port bow side view of the cargo steamer Trooper (1902) in Penzance harbour off the north pier to the Dock. The tide is out, leaving the ship aground from the funnel forward. A group of men are working on fitting temporary wooden boards across the collision damage below the bridge area. Three of them are sitting on planks suspended down the side on ropes fitting the final lower planks. Two rowing boats are dried out on the mud by the ship and two men are working on a plank of wood resting on the ground. A small boy is watching from the side of the foremost boat. A small sailing vessel, resting alongside the north pier of the Dock can be seen on the right of the image, from which the photographer too the other photographs in the sequence.

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: G14223
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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