Bow view of the semi-submerged sailing ship Cromdale (1891) off Bass Point.

An elevated view, very fine off the starboard bow, taken from the cliffs, of the three-masted sailing ship Cromdale (1891) on the rocks at Bass Point below the Lloyd's Signal Station, just south-east of Lizard, Cornwall. A small rowing boat with three? people in is off the starboard quarter. The ship is submerged from the stern to the main mast, and partially submerged to the foremast. The jib and flying jib are set, the fore mainsail and topsail are still set, as are the main and mizzen topsails. The rocks of the cliff dominate the lefthand side and the bottom of the photograph.

The Cromdale was sailing from Chile to Falmouth with a cargo of nitrates when it ran into the rocks below the Signal Station at Bass Point in dense fog. The crew took to the ship's lifeboats. The lifeboats from Lizard and Cadgwith put crew on board to rescue personal belongings but were removed as the ship was settling in the water. The wreck broke up on 30 May 1913.

Object Details

ID: G14057
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Vessels: Cromdale (1891)
Date made: 23-29 May 1913
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Measurements: Overall: 254 mm x 304 mm

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