January’s meeting included a visit from Bob Errington, from the Seadart Divers Association, who gave a talk on the historic shipwreck of one of the East India Company’s grand merchant ships - the Halsewell, in 1786.
This ship set sail for India with approximately 240 people on board, including many soldiers and the Captains two daughters, who were being taken to India to be married, and his two nieces. Due to snow storms and fierce winds the ship was blown onto cliffs close to St. Albans Head on the Dorset coast and around 170 perished, including the Captain, his daughters and nieces. Bob spoke about the difficulties diving to the wreckage and the artefacts that have been lifted from it, including Spanish 8 Reale silver coins, which are where ‘pieces of eight’ originate, and brought many along for members to view.
Members also enjoyed home made refreshments and a raffle.
Great Linford WI meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 p.m., Fulwell Court, St. Ledger Drive. All visitors are welcome.