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Shipwreck at St Merryn EAW200562

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Filename: eaw200562.jpg

Size: 4794 x 4750 (14.4MB)

Date: 8th March 2016

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Aerofilms photographer

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Shipwreck at St Merryn EAW200562

The wreck of the tanker " Hemsley I" at Fox Cove, St Merryn, Cornwall. September 1969. The vessel went ashore here on 12th May 1969 en route from Liverpool to Antwerp. Aerofilms Collection

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Media ID 11668552

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Boat Historic Maritime Ship Wreck


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Flight > England from the Air > The South-West from the Air

> Flight > England's Maritime Heritage

> Landscapes > Coastal Landscapes > Cornish Coast

> Transport > Maritime > Wrecks

> Transport > Ships and boats


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the haunting beauty of a shipwreck at St Merryn, Cornwall. The vessel in question is none other than the ill-fated tanker "Hemsley I" which met its tragic fate on 12th May 1969 while en route from Liverpool to Antwerp. As if frozen in time, the wreckage lies stranded at Fox Cove, serving as a poignant reminder of the perils faced by seafarers throughout history. The aerial perspective allows us to fully appreciate the magnitude of this maritime disaster. The mangled remains of the once-mighty ship are scattered across the sandy shores, creating an eerie contrast against the serene coastal landscape. Nature has begun to reclaim what was once man-made; rusted metal and decaying wood now blend harmoniously with their surroundings. This photograph not only documents a significant event but also serves as a testament to human resilience and our enduring fascination with maritime history. It invites viewers to reflect upon both triumphs and tragedies that have shaped our relationship with the sea. Doy's skillful composition and attention to detail bring this historic moment back to life, allowing us a glimpse into a past that would otherwise be lost forever. This print is more than just an image; it is a powerful storytelling tool that transports us through time and connects us with those who came before us – reminding us of their struggles, achievements, and ultimately their legacy on these rugged shores.

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