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Maria Asumpta, Charlestown, Cornwall. August 1991

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The tall ship Maria Asumpta enters Charlestown harbour. The oldest sailing ship in the world still sailing at that time, was invited to the port by the Charlestown Heritage and Trading Company. She spent two days in the port and acted as the venue for a sea shanty festival. The ship was launched at Badalona, Spain, in 1858 and was used to ship textiles between Argentina and Spain. Renamed Pepita in the 1930s, Cuidad de Inca in 1953, she was given back her original name in 1988. In 1995 the Maria Asumpta was on her first voyage after a refit in Gloucester when she hit bad weather and on the afternoon of 30th May prepared to enter Padstow harbour. The captain, Mark Litchfield, decided to sail between The Mouls and Pentire Point, not a route recommended by the Admiralty, she hit rocks and the crew abandoned ship with three men losing their lives. Mr Litchfield was charged with manslaughter due to gross negligence, was found guilty and jailed for 18 months. Photographer: Jonathan Barker

Copyright © RIC, photographer Jonathan Barker

Media ID 18072647

Date: 30th October 2018

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.332907, -4.759194

: TRURI : 2017.5.306

Image Size: 2954 x 4559 Pixels

Filesize is 8.22MB

Associated Categories: Ships

Associated Categories: Charlestown

Associated Categories: Maria Asumpta

Keywords: bowsprit, cornish, rigging, shipping, st austell bay, tall ship