Poor Mildred, 106 years ago today
Here we see the British three-master barquentine-rig schooner Mildred (207 tons, 116 ft wl) constructed in 1889 by Charles Rawle, shipbuilder at Padstow. As you can see, she is hard aground and swamped at Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall.
“The Mildred, Newport for London with basic slag, struck under Gurnards Head at midnight on the 6th April 1912, whilst in dense fog. She swung broadside and was pounding heavily when Captain Larcombe, the mate, two Irishmen, one Welshman and a Mexican from Vera Cruz rowed into St. Ives at 6am. They later returned in a pilot gig but the Mildred was already going to pieces.”
She was one of a number of shipwrecks photographed by the Gibsons of Scilly.