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New illustrated shipwreck book released this month


A new coffee table book about shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be published later this month.

Sea of Storms, Shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly charts 21 wrecks that have come to grief around the islands and the coast of Cornwall between 1527 and 2003.

The book is written by islander Richard Larn OBE, a veteran diver and shipwreck expert, with original oil and pencil illustrations by maritime artist Oliver Hurst.

Scilly wrecks featured in the book include Sir Clowdisley Shovell’s flagship HMS Association in 1707; the loss of Sir William Hamilton’s priceless treasure on HMS Colossus in 1798; Cornwall’s Titanic - Liner SS Schiller in 1875; the world’s largest sailing ship, schooner Thomas W Lawson in 1907; seven neutral ships sunk in an afternoon – SS Bandoeng, SS Eemland, SS Gaasterland, SS Jacatra, SS Noorderdijk, SS Zaandijk & SS Normanna in February 1917; and Submarine UC-66, which was sunk by a seaplane in May 1917. Among the other stories are the drowning of 189 emigrant passengers on the barque John in 1855 (pictured on the front cover); the demise of full-rigged ship Bay of Panama in 1891; and the loss of 11 Royal Navy submariners on HM Submarine A7 in 1914.

There is also a chapter on the Penlee Lifeboat disaster and the tragic loss on December 19, 1981, of all eight crew members of RNLB Solomon Browne, along with the five-man crew and three female passengers on the coaster MV Union Star they had been trying to rescue.

Richard, 88, and his wife, Bridget are already the authors of more than 60 books on shipwrecks, the sea, sailors and ports.

Sea of Storms, Shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by Richard Larn, with illustrations by Oliver Hurst, is published in hardback by Mabecron Books, priced £25.

The book will be launched on April 24th at the Shipwreck Centre in Charlestown, St Austell.

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