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The Lalla Rookh was a square-rigged
tea clipper and was homeward bound to London from
Shanghai with 1300 tons of tea and 60 tons of tobacco.
She met her fate on 3rd March 1873 when she struck
Gammon Head in a South Westerly gale and fog. The gale
blew her round into 'Elender' cove where she lay under
the sand today. She had 19 people , including
Captain Fullertonon, on board and most got ashore either
by jumping onto the rocks or using the breaches buoy
which had been deployed by a rocket from Prawle
coastguards. Two other people , Thomas Groves and a
stowaway , were unlucky and had drowned, the mate
trying to launch a lifeboat and the stowaway presumably
hidden in his bunk. There were three Lalla Rookh's
operating at this time and many other ships in the
1800's had this name making research difficult. This
particular Lalla Rookh was built in 1856.
Within a couple of weeks the ship
had broken up and some of its cargo recovered however
the people of Slapton sands got a present when some of
the wreckage and cargo of tea and tobacco was washed up
onto the beach. One piece of wreckage, her figurehead
,was washed up on a beach in Jersey and can now been
viewed on the 'Cutty Sark' in Greenwich.
Below - Some items recovered from
the wreck Photo Steve Clarkson
Today the remains of the wreck lie
in Elender cove beneath the sand. Unfortunately the cove
is used by boaters who discard their rubbish overboard
littering the seabed with bottles and cans. The wreck is
spread over a wide area from 2 to 10m and during
southerly storms some evidence that it was a tea clipper
are brought to the surface of the sand.
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