Polurrian Cove in Winter
Polurrian Cove in Winter

History of Polurrian Cove

From A Week at the Lizard by C. A. Johns 1848

The sandy cove, a little to the right, is Polurrian Cove, as we descend to which we have an exceedingly beautiful view of Mullion Island, with its strongly marked outline resembling some enormous animal couching in the sea, whilst the broken cliffs beyond are scarcely less striking.

A narrow winding path leads down to the sands ; about a third of the way down, in a little natural hollow, sheltered from every wind that blows, a long, narrow, mound points out where rests at length some sea-tossed mariner, all that is known of whose history is, that here his corpse was washed on shore, and here consigned to the grave.

Common though the occurrence of burial-places is on these cliffs, there is something particularly touching in this lonely grave of the unknown wanderer. The last wreck, attended with extensive loss of life, at this cove, took place in the night of the 20th of June, 1838, when a Neapolitan vessel of 180 tons burden was driven on shore and all her crew perished. Nothing was known of the occurrence till next morning, when the shore was observed to be scattered with pieces of wreck, and in the course of a few days eleven bodies were picked up and buried in the churchyard.



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