Hockin’s Case: And Incidentally of False Lights

By W. Senior, published July 1912


Those looking for examples of deliberate wrecking by showing false lights need to treat with care casual references to such conduct. An allegation against an early lighthouse keeper in the Scillies turns out upon enquiry into Trinity House records to be a false allegation to cover the error of the second mate of the Golden Lyon, wrecked in 1680 after he delayed in reporting the light to his captain. Rumours of such activity on the Northumbrian coast in 1866 were also unfounded when enquired into.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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