Godrevy, Cornwall

Historical Description

Godrevy, an island on the N side of St Ives Bay, in Cornwall. A vessel was wrecked on it with a loss of about 60 lives in 1649, and the Nile iron screw-steamer of 700-tons foundered with a loss of all on board by striking on a reef connected with the island in December 1854. That reef is called the Stones, and extends fully a mile from the island seaward. A lighthouse to warn mariners of the reef was erected on the island in 1859, and shows a flashing white light at a height of 120 feet above high-water level, visible at 17 miles, and a fixed red light, 93 feet above high water, visible at 15 miles. A fog-bell also sounds one stroke every five seconds during thick or foggy weather.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.