The waters around Padstow are notoriously dangerous. The estuary flows into the Atlantic Ocean via the notorious Doom Bar; the scene of the demise of many a good ship.
There have been in excess of 200 vessels wrecked or lost in this section of the North Cornish Coast in the last 200 years.
Titles worth reading on this subject are:
Lost Off Trevose by Brian French.
Wrecks and Rescues Around Padstow’s Doom Bar by Brian French.
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