The stern section of the cargo steamer Highland Fling (1890) at the break before the bridge, alongside the outer harbour, Falmouth

A close-up view of the break in the stern section of the hull, in front of the bridge, of the Highland Fling (1890) while moored alongside the outer harbour at Falmouth. The hull is submerged at the break to just below the middle deck. In the background are the hills around St. Mawes. The stern section was later put into drydock.

The glass side of the negative has some masking fluid on it and the emulsion side has some graphite highlighting.

The Highland Fling (1890) was on passage from London to Buenos Aires with a cargo of cement. However, the ship put into Falmouth with a leak under the boiler, arriving on 2 January 1907. After being patched up it was decided to proceed to Cardiff for a full discharge and proper repairs. However, after leaving on the afternoon of 7 January encountered thick fog and ran aground off Enys Head, near Cadgwith. As repeated attempts to salvage the ship failed, the salvagers decided to blow the bow section off with dynamite. The stern was then towed away to Falmouth in the hope of salvaging the remaining barrels of cement, the refrigeration equipment and main engines. The hull was eventually broken up for scrap. The bow section broke up in a gale on 23 January 1907 [The Times, 21 and 24 January 1907].

Object Details

ID: G14162
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Vessels: Morayshire (1890)
Date made: After 20 January 1907
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Measurements: Overall: 12 in x 10 in

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