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Camelle
Barbeito´s Salvage Station. Brave and goodwill people

National Natural Area since 1933

Camelle

Camelle is the starting point to follow the wild coast that takes to the Cape Vilan and Camarinas. In Camelle´s harbour is the museum of Man, an original German who has chosen this village to live devoted to paint and make sculptures with the materials brought by the sea.

Arou is the last village in the coastpath to Camarinas. In Vilan´s natural area lie the Monte Branco and the Trece bay. Next to them is hidden the Ponta do Boi, which has destroyed at least 8 ships in the last century, among them the tragically well-known English ship Serpent.

Barbeito´s Salvage Station

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Camelle and Arou villages, possible viking settlements in the Middle Ages, have seen more than 50 shipwrecks during the last century. Since 1898, the Barbeito´s Salvage Station was devoted to shipwrecks´ scrap extraction. During a long time, Camelle was reception center for insurance companies´ representatives and consuls from many countries.

Shipwrecks

Museo de Man

The very frecuent shipwrecks in the Costa da Morte have been sometimes related to a practice known as the ground piracy. The ground pirates acted mainly in Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Galicia and Ireland. By putting lamps in the horns of the cows, they disoriented the ships, some of which shipwrecked and spread along the coast their appreciated shipment. This is just a romantic myth perhaps originated in written literature.

Most of the people in Camelle and Arou still remember shipwreck tales and conserve relics of the most celebrated ones: In Camelle´s church, the bell of the English ship City of Agra reminds us of the disaster where 29 sailors died. People from Arou saved 32 men, risking their own lives as they have done in so many catastrophes happened in this sea. People of Camelle have always helped and even risked their lives in order to help.

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