Wreck of the “Oregon” under Picklecombe Battery, Plymouth Sound

Wreck of the “Oregon” under Picklecombe Battery, Plymouth Sound. 1867. Source: Illustrated London News. Click on image to enlarge it.

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The Oregon, of Shields, laden with lead and cork from Carthagena, wrecked in the gale of Monday week on the shore just under Picklecombe Battery, in Plymouth Sound. It was four o’clock in the morning when tne vessel got ashore, having drifted from her anchorage in Cawsand Bay. The crew were saved by means of a hawser thrown across to the vessel from the neighbouring rocks, with the hawser, as is shown in the sketch we have took place about ten o’clock in the morning. The fury at Plymouth, but the protection afforded by Staddon Heights and the Breakwater prevented any other casualties among the great fleet of shipping which had sought refuge. Without reckoning the craft in Sutton reckoning the craft in Sutton Harbour, or in Hamoaze, or any of her Majesty’s ships, there were counted from the Plymouth Citadel 325 vessels on the Sunday afternoon, and forty or fifty others arrived subsequently. The vessels driven further west, along the Cornish coast, suffered much worse from the storm of the next morning.

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“Wreck of the ‘Oregon’ under Picklecombe Battery, Plymouth Sound.” Illustrated London News (30 March 1867): 317. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 13 December 2015.

Last modified 13 December 2015