In the early 19th century there was a massive increase in shipping. Passenger liners, commercial ships and fishing boats ran up and down the North coast daily. St Ives at that time was a thriving fishing port and The Stones lay in a precarious position. On the 30th of November 1854, the iron screw steamer, Nile was wrecked with the loss of all passengers and crew. This disaster sparked the commission for Trinity House, the lighthouse construction company, to build a lighthouse that was erected in 1859.
The lee shore of St Ives Bay and The Nine Maidens caught out many crews and the wreckers made full advantage of these stricken ships. Skulduggery was afoot.
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