Shipwrecks & Rescue

from Gibson Archive

The beach was a vital shipping link as there was no harbour at Perranporth. Boats used the tides to ground on the soft sand to discharge their cargo, such as coal from Wales, at low tide then load up new cargo and leave at high tide.
The sea and weather claimed many vessels.
The remains of the clipper ship La Seine can still be seen at very low spring tides near Droskyn cliffs.

When ships like the Voorspoed were wrecked the villagers would risk their lives to rescue the passengers and crew, but saw its cargo as a valuable source of free goods.

 

photo from from the Gibson Archive