Clambering over the wreck of the steam ship Rosedale must have been very exciting for the 16-year-old Gordon. It crops up in his second diary entry (16th December 1893) when he climbs all over her with his friend, John Hodge. His last mention of going to look at the wreck is on 5th March 1894. Read the transcript of Gordon Heywood’s shorthand diary here.
Five steamers were wrecked as a result of hurricane force gales which raged off the north Cornish coast from Friday, 17th November 1893, moderating slightly towards Sunday morning. The Rosedale was driven ashore on Porthminster beach, St Ives; the crew rescued by rocket apparatus. Visitors came from far and wide to view the wreck.
The Royal Cornwall Gazette, 23rd November 1893 had the following headline: