A port bow view of the general cargo ship William Cory (1909) aground on rocks below Boscaswell Cliffs, neer Pendeen.

A distant port bow view of the wrecked general cargo steamer William Cory (1909) below the Boscaswell Cliffs near Pendeen Watch. The tide has dropped enough to leave the bow above water but the deck cargo of timbers has disappeared. The stern is out of the water exposing the propeller and rudder . The photographer was standing on the top of Boscaswell Cliffs looking northeast to the lighthouse on Pendeen Watch in the very distance.

This is a glass copy negative of an original print.

The William Cory was on passage from Oulu, Finland, bound for Newport, Wales, with a cargo of timber pit props. On 5 September 1910 the ship was steaming in fog when it struck outlying rocks off Bottallack Head, putting a hole in the forward hull. The captain looked to beach the ship but could only find cliffs. The ship was grounded on rocks below the cliffs at Boscaswell, near Pendeen Watch. The crew took to the boats but had trouble getting ashore as the deck cargo was floating in the seas. The ship was written off and the cargo of pit props was purchased by the Levant Mine nearby.

Object Details

ID: G14176
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Vessels: William Cory (1909) [also Wm Cory]
Date made: After 5 September 1910
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Measurements: Overall: 10 in x 12 in

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