Extreme Low Tide Reveals Scilly’s Hidden History

todd stevens cannonballsA low-tide discovery is creating interest on social media.

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.

3 Responses to Extreme Low Tide Reveals Scilly’s Hidden History

  1. Alec hicks September 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    At least he is out there looking rather than on here being negative and post your real name Alec

  2. mellville September 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Patrick , please dont wish that on us !

  3. patrick September 3, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I think it is wonderful that he keeps finding all these bits.Perhaps he’ll write another book .