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 painting above was in the "London Illustrated News in
1866 and depicts the Spirit of the Ocean breaking up on
the cliffs to the east of Start Point. This 578 tons
barque and was built in 1863, by Jones & Co and was
originally owned by Messrs C. Walton and Croshaw & Co.
Her Port of registry and survey was London. In the
spring of 1866, under the command of Captain Carey, she
was on route from Halifax Nova Scotia to London when she
encountered a South West gale off the Devon coast. She
was owned by Crawshaw of London and her general cargo
valued at £50,000 was mostly salvaged from the wreck in
the weeks following the sinking. Captain Carey had
decided to try and reach the shelter of Dartmouth but
the conditions were such that she lost the wind and
drifted into the cliffs to the west of Start point. On
board were a crew of eighteen and very few of them were
qualified as able seamen and this was confirmed by a
letter sent by one of the passengers who had posted it
at the previous port of call. Including the passengers,
only four of the forty two people on board were saved
and that was only due to the gallantry of a local,
Samuel Popplestone of Start Farm, who had swum out to
He was awarded the "Gold Medal"
The inkpot below is just one of the many objects
recovered from the wreck. Some of them can be found on
display at the Museum in Salcombe.
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