Some Chronicles of the Larkins Family Part II: The Wreck of the Halsewell 1786

By E.W. Bovill, published November 1954


One in four of the East India Company’s ships met ‘a violent death’, and this article describes the end of the Halsewell, one of the vessels owned by the Larkins family.   The voyage began on in the Downs on 1 January 1786, and the vessel had got no further than Berry Head, just off Torquay, when the storm which she was battling completely ovewhelmed her. Eventually striking on the Isle of Purbeck, only 74 survived out of the ship’s company of 240.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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