Salcombe History Society

Discover the history of the Devonshire town of Salcombe …

In the Year 1824


January;     The “Dart: sailed from Salcombe bound to Portsmouth laden with sheep and

Bullocks, lost in voyage supposed to be upset. William Bath, Master and William

Cranch  drowned.

Feb  6th;     Roger Prettijohn Master of the Sloop “Hero” of this place was drowned at Dublin.

March  ;;      A barge belonging to Billing of Devonport upset in Salcombe Bar, she was bound

to Dartmouth laden with timber, tar and provisions. Was towed in the Harbour

and proceeded on her voyage. The people that assisted in re-floating her received

no reward.

April 16th;   A fire broke out at Mr Jarvis’s Knowle which burnt down the Barn of Corn and


May        ;   Thomas Luckham was sent to Exeter Gaol.

October   ;  The “Shamrock”  Sloop of War came in this Harbour.

November 23rd;  It blew a heavy gale of wind to the Southward, we had the highest tide at

Salcombe that was ever remembered by the Oldest inhabitant, sweeping

everything off the Quays. Two vessels wrecked off the Start, one driven on shore

in Bigbury Bay, great damage done at Plymouth and all along the Coast.