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Godrevey Lighthouse from St Ives

Lighthouse across the Bay

Looking across St Ives Bay from the far end of Porthmeor beach to Godrevey Lighthouse some 5 miles away. The lighthouse on the island has some literary claim in that it is the lighthouse in Virginia Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’.

This shot reminds me of the story of the St Ives lifeboat disaster back in the 1930s. The lifeboat was launched at night in seas heavier than this in the winter to aid a vessel some way up the coast. It got into trouble just around the corner from here and  was capsized several times, each time losing more and more crew. The lifeboat was eventually found near the headland by the lighthouse, all on board were lost. The crew new the odds as they had lost a boat a year or 2 before. Quite staggering bravery.