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Morte Bay, Devon

Historical Description

Morte Bay, a bay on the NW coast of Devon, between Barnstaple Bay and Ilfracombe. It is bounded on the S by Baggy Point, which separates it from Barnstaple Bay; is bounded on the N by Morte Point or Morte Stone, " the Rock of Death," on which no fewer than five vessels were wrecked in the winter of 1852; measures 3½ miles across the entrance, and 2 thence to the head; has an outline of proximately half-moon form; is swept by a dangerous tide-race; lies completely exposed to the W; and affords anchorage in 5 fathoms.

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


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