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The Shipwreck Museum & Heritage Centre

You might wonder what can you see at The Shipwreck Museum? My husband and I did too, this is why we’ve decided to visit it. The one we went to is in Cornwall, in Charlestown. Charlestown is a lovely village, that is also the place where Poldark is filmed. Sadly I’ve lost some pictures, and I can’t blog about the harbour nor the pub we’ve went to.

The Shipwreck Museum & Heritage Centre

The Shipwreck Museum has artefacts from ships that were wrecked maybe hundreds of years ago. If you want to find out a bit more, make sure you are checking their website. They said that there are nearly 8,000 items from over 150 shipwrecks.

Map at the Shipwreck Museum

This map shows how many shipwrecks happened in Cornwall, quite an impressive number, isn’t it?

 Tunnel at the Shipwreck Museum

From the museum, we went on this tunnel to get to a balcony from where we could see the harbour from above. The tunnel was dug up in 1900s, to make it easier to transport china clay.

Shipwreck Museum harbour, from above

The ship can be visited too. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures from the ship.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

The diving helmet was designed in 1830 by Siebe Gorman. It still is the prototype for all modern diving helmets.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

Ships wrecked from Roman times, hence these Roman artefacts on display.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

These are medieval.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

A few items are from Mary Rose. I want to visit the Mary Rose museum too.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum
elephant tusk

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

The Admiral Gardner wrecked in January 1809. It was retrieved in the 1980s.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

This is a collection of brass manilla tokens. The ship carrying them sank after hitting a rock in 1843. It left from Liverpool and going to Oporto. Considering this cargo, it means it was involved in the slave trade.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

This pocket watch is from RMS Lusitania, sunk in 1915 by a German U-boat.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

Not expected to see something so new in a shipwreck museum, but these were recovered from Thames. The ship transporting them struck rocks and 98 containers fell into the sea. All sort of items were recovered from the sea, like: tobacco, nightdresses, shoes, dresses, golf-bags, computers, cables, aerials, toilet seats, doors, Toyota car parts, tyres, “lucky Irish” key-rings, fridge magnets, swimming-pool cleaner, seatbelts, Actionman kits, gravestones.

The people who recovered the goods received a financial settlement or were able to keep what they salvaged.

Artefact at the Shipwreck Museum

This is the original “Heart of the Ocean”, from Titanic. There wasn’t a necklace like this on the Titanic though. The design was based on the Hope Diamond.

Cannon at the Shipwreck Museum

 The harbour at the Shipwreck Museum

The ship at Shipwreck Museum

The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre is on Quay Road Charlestown St. Austell Cornwall PL25 3NX.

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      1. The title is “Heartstone” by C.J. Sansom. It’s the fifth book in his excellent Matthew Shardlake series. If you’re interested in it, I’d suggest going back to the first book and beginning there. They’re very good, written with intelligence and historical accuracy. I’ve read all but the latest (#7) which isn’t due to come out in the US until next year.
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