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Shipwreck of the Noisiel, Praa Sands, 1905

PlacePraa Sands Cornwall United Kingdom
KeywordsShipwrecks Praa Sands
PhotographerHawke, Alfred Herbert
Copyright© Estate of A H Hawke

Postcard of the Noisiel, wrecked at Praa Sands on 4th August, 1905. The Noisiel was travelling from Cherbourg to Italy with 600 tons of armorplate when it was driven ashore at Praa Sands in Mount's Bay, August 1905. She met a heavy gale off Ushant and had to run for Plymouth when the cargo shifted and a list developed. Forced into Mount's Bay, the captain tried to anchor. The cable parted, and a second anchor dragged on the sandy bottom. Eventually the ship went broadside through the breakers and broke her back. Six of the crew leapt into the sea and the first realisation on land of the wreck was an old lady's, who saw a face peering through her window - it belonged to the ship's cook. A line was got aboard and the rest of the crew brought off, although two had been drowned in the first attempt. Photograph by A H Hawke of Helston.