Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

1874, Minnehaha: St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

The Gibson family’s photographs of shipwrecks were taken in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Four generations of the Gibson family (1872 to 1997) photographed over 200 wrecks along the coasts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in south England. The Gibsons also compiled telegraph messages of the human and mercantile cost of ships running aground off the hazardous coast. Some of these are also featured below. The Royal Museums Greenwich bought the family’s work for £122,500 ($158,000).

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SS Blue Jacket (United Kingdom) November 1898: She was unaccountably wrecked on a clear night a few yards from the Longships lighthouse, Lands End, Cornwall.
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

SV Granite Slate
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

1886, Albert Wilhelm: Lelant
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

Jeune Hortense, 1888
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

SS Punta- Steamer from Panama ran into the Sevenstones and crew abandoned ship. She later sank.
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

SS Tripolitania
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

Jeanne Gougy
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

The Suffolk, Lizard, 1886 , a steamship carrying general cargo and cattle from Baltimore to London. Courtesy Sotheby’s.
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

SV Seine
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

The Mildred
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

City of Cardiff
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

City of Cardiff
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

The Dutch cargo ship Voorspoed
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

The Cromdale
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

November 2, 1875- Steam AKSAI , Russian flag, sailed straight to White Island in St. Martin due to the fog, while going to Odessa loaded with Cardiff coal. The captain and his crew of 39 men were saved by the ship Lady of the Isles. Citation: Larn, Richard (1992). Shipwrecks of the Isles of Scilly. Nairn: Thomas & Lochar
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

James Gibson at work
Incredible Vintage Photographs From The Gibson Archives Of Ships Wrecked On British Coasts

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