A starboard bow view of the salvage work on the three-masted schooner Voorspoed (1893) while aground on Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

A slightly distant starboard bow view just forward of beam of the Dutch three-masted schooner Voorspoed (1893) aground on Perranporth Beach. The ship has a slight listing to port and the tide is out. A group of horse and carts are off the starboard bow. Off the broadside are a large number of people, including three small boys climbing along one of the schooner yards that is resting on the bulwark and on the sand below. The mizzen schooner yard is also over the side resting on the bulwark and beach. The forecastle has many people on it, while others are standing on the upper deck between the fore and after deckhouses. More people are on the beach off the port bow. Part of Penhale Sands is in the background where it joins the rocky coastline at the back of the beach.

The Voorspoed was on passage from Cardiff to Bahia, Brazil, but encountered heavy weather in the Channel. The ship was heavily laden with coal and machinery and had taken on water from seas breaking over it. Voorspoed was blown inshore into Perran (or Ligger) Bay and beached in the morning of 7 March 1901. The rocket brigade rescued the seven crew and one cabin boy (from Newcastle upon Tyne). The captain was reluctant to leave but did so eventually. The cargo was salvaged during the afternoon although some thought it more looting, as the captain is reputed to have said afterwards: 'I have been wrecked in different parts of the globe, even in the Fiji Islands, but never among such savages as those of Perranporth.' The ship was refloated on the next tide.

Object Details

ID: G14122
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Glass plate negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gibson & Sons of Scilly
Vessels: Voorspoed (1893)
Date made: 7 March 1901
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Measurements: Overall: 254 mm x 304 mm

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