Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Doom Bar
She was a friendly mermaid and when ships came through she would sing to them and guide them up the river. Sometimes she would sit combing her hair at Hawkers Cove.
Being beautiful, as all mermaids are, a man, Tristram Bird, fell in love with her and asked for her hand in marriage. Not wishing to leave her sea bed she refused. In his anger he shot her (some say with a cannon.)
With her dying breath she laid a curse upon the harbor. A terrible storm came, wrecking ships and creating a sand bank where she had fallen. This sand bank became known as the Doom Bar for all the ships that have sunk there.
As of two-hundred years ago, when official record keeping began, there have been over six-hundred ships wrecked there.