Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Doom Bar

About three-hundred years ago, or so I'm told, a mermaid made her home near the estuary of the River Camel where it meets the Celtic Sea on Cornwall's north coast. The town of Padstow is nearby and so she was called the Mermaid of Padstow.
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.

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