Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Death by Oranges











Salvaging from shipwrecks in the early part of the 1800's was a valuable contribution to Thanet's economy for both local people and the business interest. The Cobb Brewing and Banking family made large amounts of money acting as agents and the locals made money in the lean winter months acting as salvagers both unofficially and officially whatever suits best at the time. This account from the Kentish Gazette 18/01/1805 was researched by Mick Twyman and Alf Beeching for the Margate Historical Society archive Vol 3 Number 3. Two people died in unusual circumstances with one man from Northdown dying as the title suggests.

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