Godrevy Lighthouse

Film Efex: Vintage

On January 30th 1649 HMS Garland, a British Royal Navy ship carrying the clothes and possessions of King Charles I, his fugitive wife and son, the Prince of Wales, (who later became King Charles II) was wrecked on these rocks on the same day as King Charles I was executed for treason. Of the sixty passengers and crew aboard only one man, a boy and a dog survived.


  1. Chillbrook says:

    A lovely picture of one of my favourite subjects Jude. I wasn’t aware of that particular piece of history. Very interesting.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Since this lighthouse appears to have become my muse I thought it was time I found more out about it.

  2. restlessjo says:

    That’s awfully sad! They were tough old times, weren’t they 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      I can think of some leaders (not necessarily royals) who could do with being executed!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Oo-er! Who CAN you mean? X

  3. That was certainly not a lucky day for that family. Beautiful photo, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Looking on the bright side at least for the wife and son they only lost their possessions not their lives!

  4. I love the photo and those blurred edge effects, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy, I quite like this film effect too. You will probably see more of it!

  5. Beautiful shot and what a history!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I was just at a museum at a Maine lighthouse which had a log of the shipwrecks. Fascinating reading, though often sad.

    1. Heyjude says:

      So many shipwrecks in the days gone by. Travelling across the oceans was very dangerous. I remember reading headstones in a graveyard on the Scilly Isles and most were from a shipwreck, passengers heading across to the USA from Europe.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        In Maine there was an accounting of the fees for the undertakers and grave diggers that was billed to the ship’s home port.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    What a spooky bit of history. Lovely shot; it’s hard to fathom the danger of the sea on such a sunny day.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Bit more dramatic this week, but what I really need to do is capture it in a winter storm.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        That would certainly make for a dramatic shot.

  8. Speaking of the Prince of Wales, that’s the name of the hotel we stayed at in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. The current threat there is not from too much water but too little, as a large forest fire has been burning for weeks:


    1. Heyjude says:

      Extreme weather everywhere it seems.

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Bit of a grim day for kingy then!

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