Pinnacle Island, lighthouse
Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543
"Lord, send us a good wreck!" The Farne Islands and their treacherously half-submerged outliers were a graveyard for east-coast shipping, but the cargoes salvaged from shipwrecks were a valued addition to the local economy.
Various lighthouses were built, including this lantern on Staple or Pinnacle Island. The later Longstone lighthouse, built in 1826, was the scene of the heroic attempt by Grace Darling and her father to save the passengers and crew of the wrecked 'Forfarshire' in 1838. Rowing a heavy boat through a gale, they rescued the few survivors and Grace found sensational, if unwilling fame. Her memorial and museum at Bamburgh remain a major tourist draw.