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The Isles of Scilly - Shipwrecks and Valhalla

Stone marking spot where Sir Cloudisley Shovell's body washed ashore at Porth Hellick

The Isles of Scilly are the site of many, many shipwrecks over the years - there are 530 registered wrecks around the archipelago. The best known is probably the shipwrecking of the Association on 22nd October 1707. She was part of Sir Cloudesley Shovell's English Fleet that took part in the seige of Toulon and ran aground on the Gilstone Ledges near Bishop Rock - with others - after they mistook Scilly for the mouth of the English Channel. The channels between St. Mary's and St. Agnes/Gugh - the 'Spanish' and 'Bartholomew Ledges' and also between Tresco and Bryher hold the highest concentation of shipswrecks with a large number also occupying the area west of Annet. An excellent guidebook to shipwrecks on Scilly is the Ships, Shipwrecks and Maritime Incidents around the Isles of Scilly - Isles of Scilly Museum Publication No.3 - the book contains over 140 pages set out chronologically making wreck history very easy to follow. The following tables give a small indication of just some of the larger shipwrecks around the Islands in the last 300 years or so:-

  • Table 1: St. Mary's - St. Agnes - Annet Area

    Name of Vessel

    Date wrecked

    Name of Vessel

    Date wrecked

    Royal Oak

    18 January 1665

    Calliope

    1848

    Association

    22 October 1707

    Charlotte

    1850

    Firebrand

    22 October 1707

    Sultana

    24 March 1853

    Eagle

    22 October 1707

    Rosherville

    1855

    Romney

    1707

    Chieftain

    1856

    Triumph

    1736

    Friar Tuck

    1863

    Collier

    1764

    Express

    1869

    Glasgow

    1778

    Sarah Burnyeat

    1873

    New York

    1782

    Minnehaha

    18 January 1874

    La Maria Clara

    1780

    SS Schiller

    7 May 1875

    Duke of Cornwall

    1786

    River Lune

    1879

    Betsy

    1786

    Independenza

    1881

    Pegasus

    1790

    St. Vincent

    1882

    Colossus

    1798

    Criccieth Castle

    1883

    Melantho

    1799

    Earl of Lonsdale

    1885

    City of Edinburgh

    1820

    Nellie

    1886

    Mercurias

    1835

    Frčre et Soeur

    1891

    Nerina

    1840

    Reginald

    1902

    SS Thames

    4 January 1841

    SS Minnehaha

    18 April 1910

    Challenger

    21 November 1843

    SS Scillonian

    10 September 1951

  • Table 2: Bryher - Tresco - St. Martin's Area

    Name of Vessel

    Date wrecked

    Name of Vessel

    Date wrecked

    Mermaid

    1739

    Forester

    1833

    Nancy

    1742

    Providence

    1833

    Charming Molly

    1780

    Lady Louisa

    1840

    Endeavour

    1781

    Don

    1846

    Oldenburg

    1783

    Arthemis

    1861

    Sophia

    1783

    Mentos

    1861

    Governor Milne

    1806

    Royal Standard

    1871

    St. Francis Apollo

    1806

    Earl Of Arran

    1872

    Marie

    1812

    Linn Fern

    1876

    John & Ann

    1826

    Maipu

    1879

    Delf

    1831

    Horsa

    1893

    Swift

    1831

    Sophie

    1896


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