SS Newholm SS Ambassador SS
Mendi SS Skaala Privateer Dragon 1757 S.S.Percier MV Napoli
MV Lucy HMT Caroline German Submarine U-260 SS Basil Glenart
Castle SMS Margraf
The Betsey , sailing from Plymouth,
was carrying French prisoners of war when she
encountered bad weather and drifted into the cliffs off
Thurstone. At this time there were so many Napoleonic
prisoners that housing them was becoming a problem so
Princetown and Dartmoor prison was built to solve the
problem. The cost of housing over 10,000 prisoners was a
problem so, as soon as the Battle of Waterloo was won,
they were returned to France in batches on small ships.
Sixty Five of these prisoners were taken from Dartmoor
to Plymouth to board a small boat, the “Betsey”. These
were all from the French cavalry regiment “20th Regiment
of Cuirasseurs”. The image below is of the Cuirasseurs
in Paris in 1914.
The following painting of the
cuirasseurs in the 1800's is by Louis Auguste LOUSTAUNAU
Château de Versailles
leaving Plymouth they encountered rough seas and were
driven into Bigbury Bay and eventually onto the rocks at
Thurstone. Twenty eight of the soldiers died and many
others were injured. Nineteen of the soldiers were
buried in the Thurlestone churchyard.
Today divers have
found that there is no evidence of any remains of the
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