Seatown with Golden Cap in the background

"Samuel Bartlett [a Chideock churchwarden] told me the particulars of the last cargo run. His father landed it. On arriving off the coast after a fortnight's fog he had to drop the kegs off the coast on the trawling ground where they remained sunk for six months. He brought his ship round from Portland Harbour and picked them up, recovering 120 and losing one.

"He then tried to land them by Burton Bradstock, but owing to the great surf running no boat could go ashore or come out so the kegs were made up into a raft and by this means were got inshore and landed. Notice had been given to the landers and wagons were waiting in a potato field. Having got rid of these kegs the ship ran back to Portland and the boat had to follow alone. This landing had occupied three weeks.

"The other half they afterwards tried to land cast of Seatown but the Coast Guard or Preventive men saw them, the night too was gone and day broke as old Bartlett was shipping ashore. Some of the tackle got hitched, so there was nothing for it but to put to sea and drop them over the side again.

"Later on a Charmouth man helped raise some, and land them at the sluices of Bridport Harbour, but lo! the Preventive men were ordered back hither and got round so quickly that they had to run out to sea and go up coast, till at last they put the last kegs ashore and so got home"

Rev C.V. Goddard, vicar of Chideock, 1890-95.


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