Extreme Low Tide Reveals Scilly’s Hidden History
St Mary’s shipwreck hunter Todd Stevens found a selection of cannonballs on the sand bar between Samson and Tresco over the weekend, as the water levels fell to a few centimetres.
Todd thinks they are civil war artefacts because the Parliamentarians were on Tresco at Carn Near battery and the Royalists held Samson for a while.
Todd says he found more ammunition between the two places but just brought a selection home to St Mary’s.
The very low water also revealed an array of clay pipes in St Mary’s Harbour. Sailors used to throw them overboard when they docked because they knew they could obtain new replacements on land.