A port quarter view of the general cargo ship William Cory (1909) aground below Boscaswell Cliffs, near Pendeen.

A port quarter view of the wrecked general cargo steamer William Cory (1909) below the Boscaswell Cliffs near Pendeen Watch. The tide has dropped exposing the propeller and rudder. The bow is also uncovered but the deck cargo of timber has disappeared. The deck cargo behind the bridge and funnel is still in place. The photographer was standing close to the waterline at the base of Boscaswell Cliffs looking northwest and has used the rocks on the left and bottom to frame the photograph.

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: G14178
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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