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A few of the triumphs and disasters from the 18th,
19th & 20th Centuries.
Probably the best known wreck is that of The Clarendon, at Blackgang in 1836.
Left St. Kitts (W. Indies) on 27th Aug 1836 with a cargo of sugar, molasses & rum, under the command of Captain Samuel Walker, carrying 11 passengers and 17 crew.
At 6am on the morning of 11th October, in a howling gale and huge seas, The Clarendon hit the beach broadside, rolling over on her side. She broke up in less than ten minutes.
Only 3 crew survived.
A family of 6 perished - Lt. Shore (14th Regiment), his wife & 4 daughters, aged between 9 mths and 18 yrs. (Full story via link below right)
|Information taken from the book "The Back of The Wight" by Fred Mew, by kind permission of The Isle of Wight County Press.|