The French schooner Marie Celine (1876) aground in Paradoe Cove, off Nare Head.

A starboard quarter view, taken from the beach, of the French two-masted schooner Marie Celine (1876) aground on the rocks in Paradoe Cove, between Pendower Beach and Nare Head, in Gerrans Bay. The ship is heeling to port close to a vertical rockface. The name on the stern is painted clearly in black 'Marie Celine Nantes'. The rudder has broken off, just leaving the top of the rudder head attached by a pintle and gudgeon. A boy wearing a flat cap (also in G14065 holding the door) is standing on rocks off the port quarter looking at the camera. With him is a small child, slightly blurred. A boy is standing to his left facing away from the camera. The background is dominated by the cliffs that lead to Pendower Beach.

The French schooner as on passage from Falmouth to Spain, having under-gone repairs after a collision with a steamer. The Marie Celine was driven ashore in a south-westerly gale, carrying a cargo of pitch, on 19 January 1901. The ship was badly holed and broken.

Object Details

ID: G14066
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Date made: circa 29 January 1901
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Measurements: Overall: 254 mm x 304 mm

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