Carving From ‘Victorian Titanic’ Displayed In Scilly’s New Schiller Shelter

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The new Schiller Shelter, which houses the islands’ Tourist Information Centre, now has a piece of the wrecked ship it is named after on display.

The original shelter at Porthcressa was funded by a thankful German government after islanders saved the lives of a number of German passengers when the ship sank in 1875.

The disaster is often referred to as the ‘Victorian Titanic.’

The new building, which opened this year, has maintained the name.

Diver Todd Stevens has offered a 4ft piece of teak decking that he retrieved when diving on the wreck site.

It’s the only piece of wood he’s found there and has been sitting in his garage for a number of years.

Todd recently took up carving and has added an image of the ship and Bishop Rock lighthouse, along with the words “Oh We Are Lost.” They were reportedly said by a frightened female passenger to a Mr Morris Harrison, who was on board during the disaster.

Todd says it seemed a shame that there was no reminder of the wreck in the shelter, which is why he decided to make the carving.

He has left the back of the wood as it was when it came out of the sea, complete with sea growth and rust, to show how years of submersion have weathered the wood.

But he says you won’t see that unless you take the carving off the wall.



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