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The Gulf of Corryvreckan, 1772

The Gulf of Corryvreckan, 1772

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1772

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15509

Item number: f. 34

Length: 17.5

Width: 33.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Sketch from the shore of the gulf or straits of Corryvreckan, presumably taken in 1772. This is a narrow passage of water between the north coast of Jura Island and south coast of Scarba Island in the Inner Hebrides. The name Corryvreckan comes from the Gaelic for ' Brecon's Cauldron'. It is named after a legend about a Viking Prince whose boat sank here in the notoriously dangerous whirlpool in the straits. Although it is possible for small boats to pass at low tide, many boats have been lost here. The novelist George Orwell almost drowned here when his boat capsized

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