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Centenary of German ship's Gull Rock sinking to be marked at Veryan

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

Centenary of German ship's Gull Rock sinking to be marked at Veryan

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A commemorative service, an exhibition and concert will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of a German sailing barque after running aground at Gull Rock, near Nare Head in South Cornwall.

The 2,084-tonne Hera, carrying a cargo of Chilean nitrate (bird droppings) sank on the night of January 31, 1914 with the loss of all but five of their crew of 24.

Indeed those five were only saved by two seamen who blew blasts on the Mate’s silver whistle as they clung to rigging of one of the vessel’s four masts and which enabled the Falmouth lifeboat to find them in the dark.

That tragic event will be remembered on the first weekend of February in Veryan, where the victims are buried in the village churchyard.

An exhibition of photographs and memorabilia will be opened in the parish church on Saturday morning in the presence of the Right Reverend Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans, and the Reverend Steve Wild, chairman of Cornwall Methodist District.

In the evening, there will be an informal concert with Du Hag Owr, Philleigh Shout, Trounce Guy and others in aid of Missions to Seafarers, the RNLI and Veryan Church Heating Fund.

On Sunday there will be a requiem service and rededication of the memorials with the Very Reverend Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral.

The weekend’s events has been organised by Father Doug Robins who said he had received considerable help from Flensburg Maritime Museum in Germany.

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