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#713457 - 11/01/17 11:39 am An old disaster rediscovered  
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It’s amazing the odd things you come across when you are cruising around on your motorbike, even in your own small seaside town which you’ve lived in for umpteen years. Thus, I was slowly riding down a small road leading to the cliff top and a famous local landmark, the house where Charles Dickens wrote his novel ‘Bleak House’, when something caught my eye.
However, the interesting feature I discovered was not related to Bleak House but consisted of a large iron ship’s anchor cemented into the rear wall of Dickens’ house together with a representation of a seven-masted sailing vessel. A plaque next to it said it was an anchor from the ‘Thomas W Lawson’, once the largest sailing ship in the world and which was wrecked during a great storm off the Scilly Isles in 1907 with great loss of life. It was an American ship and had travelled across the Atlantic with a cargo of paraffin oil bound for London.
How and why the anchor ended up cemented in a wall in a small Kentish seaside town on the opposite side of England is anybody’s guess.
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As usual the web has something to say about the ship and its anchor:
http://talesofriverside.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/seven-masted-schooner-thomas-lawson.html
https://travelwithintent.com/2014/02/24/schooners-and-anchors/


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#713458 - 11/01/17 11:52 am Re: An old disaster rediscovered [Re: Grandad]  
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Thanks for that. Always interested in history.

#713466 - 11/01/17 1:40 pm Re: An old disaster rediscovered [Re: Grandad]  
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An interesting story Grandad. Thank You!


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#713484 - 11/01/17 6:01 pm Re: An old disaster rediscovered [Re: Grandad]  
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Why has it only got six masts then?


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#713487 - 11/01/17 6:16 pm Re: An old disaster rediscovered [Re: Grandad]  
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Well spotted Kev. It was obviously a cock-up by the artist. Photos of the ship on the web do show seven masts, but all are the same length and not of differing lengths as shown in the mural.


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#713520 - 11/01/17 11:15 pm Re: An old disaster rediscovered [Re: Grandad]  
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Thanks, Grandad.
Particularly poignant right now, as we visited St Mary's Island, in HughTown, just today! Sadly, we won't make Kent this time round, but are enjoying Cornwall for a few days.


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