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In Photos: Family business documented shipwrecks

By dpreview staff on Nov 18, 2013 at 05:08 GMT
Family business documented shipwrecks 
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Family business documented shipwrecks 

1875, Aksai shipwreck: White Island, St Martin's, Isles of Scilly (Courtesy of Sotheby's/National Maritime Museum)

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Total comments: 31
lnikj
By lnikj (4 months ago)

Picture 5 is at Perramporth I believe, not the Isles of Scilly (the cliffs are WAY too high).

Sorry .. it’s the pedant in me … great pictures.

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ChrisWal
By ChrisWal (5 months ago)

The collection sold for £122,500. See the following link for a few more details and images...

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/travel-atlases-maps-natural-history-l13405/lot.50.html

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drumsultan
By drumsultan (5 months ago)

Spectacular.

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RoniSteuer
By RoniSteuer (5 months ago)

amazing photos, and amazing how many captains went close to the cliffs to wave for their darlings...

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robmanueb
By robmanueb (5 months ago)

Awesome stuff, love the power and the drama.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

As these photos available for licensing? I'm thinking annual reports for the photo industry.

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Digitall
By Digitall (5 months ago)

Nice colletion, 10 and 12 for me.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (5 months ago)

Could these photos reawaken any dormant litigation between a shipping line, merchants, and Members of Lloyds of London? Wonder if any proctor in the Admiralty courts has seen these pictures.

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victorragusila
By victorragusila (5 months ago)

given that this is a family business, they were probably paid by the merchants and insurance agencies to document the wrecks.

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G3User
By G3User (5 months ago)

Some of these look blurry. They must have been using Canon cameras. They should have used the Nikon F100 or F6. I must say the B&W conversion is convincing though.

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victorragusila
By victorragusila (5 months ago)

the pics are ok, but would benefit from HDR. I wonder why they didnt use that setting.

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kixigvaq
By kixigvaq (5 months ago)

I could have shot better photos with my iPhone

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (5 months ago)

Weren't these shot on the Samsung Wave S8500? This item belongs on Connect

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (5 months ago)

Coming from Cornwall i'm aware of the history of wrecks and Wreckers. The locals going out with lights to lure the ships onto the rocks, finish the survivors off and grab the cargo! This is a great set, i'll have to pop down to Greenwich to see the rest.

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (5 months ago)

I've just comeback from Cornwall and you can still see in a few locations the remains of shipwrecks.

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Alejandro Ruiz
By Alejandro Ruiz (5 months ago)

More recently I've heard that by stormy nights you can see the lights of fake "charm" shootings on the rocks attracting boats to their wreck...

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Bath Steve
By Bath Steve (5 months ago)

A lot of these fascinating images (along with many more) were featured in a tremendous book called Shipwrecked, published in 1974, with a foreword by John Fowles. I have a well-thumbed copy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipwreck_%28book%29

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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (5 months ago)

Wow, neat. As a old sailor I enjoyed them. Scary stuff, the sea.

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Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (5 months ago)

interesting collection. I like No 11 best

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Dareshooter
By Dareshooter (5 months ago)

The Costa Concordia is one of many wrecks not listed here and with good reason, the article is about a collection that was documented by four generations of a family business. What struck me is that most of the ships in this collection came to grief around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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leno
By leno (5 months ago)

Very dangrous waters far more than its fair share of recks.

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JKP
By JKP (5 months ago)

The collection is missing the photo of Costa Concordia.

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BackPacker1532
By BackPacker1532 (5 months ago)

Wasn't sunk in the area covered by the Gibsons

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (5 months ago)

Also after 1997 when the collections last Photo was added.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (5 months ago)

Lovely article...

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (5 months ago)

Must have been exciting to be a Shipwreck Chaser.

These days you only have Tornados and Super Typhoons to chase.

With about a thousand images from other better angles snapped by others.

.

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kixigvaq
By kixigvaq (5 months ago)

I used to live in Dutch Harbor, Alaska and we had our share of vessels on the rocks. If you live in the right place you can still chase shipwrecks.

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Chris_Downunder
By Chris_Downunder (5 months ago)

Amazing shots. Really enjoyed seeing these.

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Noksukau
By Noksukau (5 months ago)

"City of Cardiff: Near Land's End" confused me for a moment!

Lovely to see such famous stretches of Cornish coast, especially Porthcurno taken in 1895, when Rowena Cade was just 2 years old and her incredible outdoor Minack theatre, that would look out on the same view, was just inspiration waiting to create history. :-)

Not a promotional link, but look at www.minack.com to compare the vistas.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (5 months ago)

I've fished off the rocks below the Minack...
I thought that everyone should be told.
And no, I didn't catch anything on that day.

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bed bug
By bed bug (5 months ago)

Fascinating images from a bygone era, thank you for posting these.

Stephen

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