The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0841. Tuesday, 12 August 1997.
Date: Monday, 11 Aug 1997 10:36:45 -0600
I am interested in wrecking on the British coasts in the 16th century.
There is material for the notorious activity in the Cornish coastal
towns, but of course little or no direct record would give evidence of
the infamous practice. Indirect evidence comes from such items as the
delay in establishing lights and other landmarks along the western
approaches for fear that they could be moved or falsified. In a related
matter, I have searched unsuccessfully for a mariners' guide that would
warn of the dangers of wishing a mark to be the one that is anticipated
especially in ambiguous weather and after an arduous voyage. Can anyone
help? Reply off the list, please.