The English East Indiaman ‘Halsewell’ was outward bound from London to Bengal, India with troops and passengers when she was caught in hurricane strength blizzards in the English Channel, driven back along the Cornish and Devonshire coasts she eventually met her fate on the steep cliffs of Dorset.
Of the 242 passengers and crew only 74 were saved. It was to be her Captain Richard Pierce’s final voyage before retiring , he along with his two daughters perished along with wives and daughters of the ships officers. Charles Dickens visited the wrecksite and it inspired him to write the novel "The Long Journey". In 1789 George 111 and several members of the Royal Family left London to visit the site.
Below are photos of some of artefacts recovered by the team from the wreck.