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THE SHIPWRECK OF THE SERPENT

By Quique García

Serpent

It was dark and the sea was rough. The Serpent´s crew could not realize where they were going to. The English ship-school would become the most famous victim of the treacherous Punta Boi.

After the crash against the Boi rocks, the ship was immediately eaten by the gigantic waves. Only three of the 175 sailors survived. They arrived in the night to Xavina, where they received all kind of attentions from the inhabitants.

When people arrived at Trece, the scene was Dantesque: the whole bay was full of cadavers and remains of the ship. Nine days later, the Lapwing sailed from Corunna to the well-known Cemiterio dos Ingleses. Once finished the christian ceremony, the Lapwing made a salute for Xavina´s heroic performance.

Regalos

THE SHIPWRECK OF THE SERPENT

The English Admiralty gave a riffle to Xavina´s Parish priest, a gold clock to Camarina´s mayor, and a barometer for the city Council. The barometer can still be seen in the facade of a house next to the harbour. The Serpent figurehead "O Barbudo" is conserved as well.

During the following years, the English Admiralty sent a Navy ship to the Boi just to throw a crown of flowers in the sea. Until 1950, when an English war ship cruised in front of this coast, it shot salvos as bereavement sign.
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Another version of this shipwreck is given by Ramon Allegue, author of the book "Mar Tenebroso". According to this writer, the English Government needed to send a great fortune to the colonial army in South Africa. In this mission, due to the valuable shipment, the Serpent would be escorted by the Lapwing.

The British pirates, who were well informed about these matters, warned the Galician Raqueiros. The Galicians managed to turn off the Vilan lighthouse, so that the Serpent crashed against the Boi. The sea was so rough that the raqueiros could not even reach the remains of the ship. The Lapwing decided to turn back when they realized they had lost the Serpent.


The English Admiralty gave a riffle to Xavina´s Parish priest, a gold clock to Camarina´s mayor, and a barometer for the city Council. The barometer can still be seen in the facade of a house next to the harbour. The Serpent figurehead "O Barbudo" is conserved as well.

During the following years, the English Admiralty sent a Navy ship to the Boi just to throw a crown of flowers in the sea. Until 1950, when an English war ship cruised in front of this coast, it shot salvos as bereavement sign.
* * *

Another version of this shipwreck is given by Ramon Allegue, author of the book "Mar Tenebroso". According to this writer, the English Government needed to send a great fortune to the colonial army in South Africa. In this mission, due to the valuable shipment, the Serpent would be escorted by the Lapwing.

The British pirates, who were well informed about these matters, warned the Galician Raqueiros. The Galicians managed to turn off the Vilan lighthouse, so that the Serpent crashed against the Boi. The sea was so rough that the raqueiros could not even reach the remains of the ship. The Lapwing decided to turn back when they realized they had lost the Serpent.

Heroicidad

THE SHIPWRECK OF THE SERPENT

After the disaster, the Mac Mahon stayed in the place watching over the shipwreck´s remains. The Lapwing returned with another ship, the Sunfly, and they managed recovering a chest full with gold. Some days later, when they realized that another coffer was missing, the Lapwing returned to Camarinas. The British Government´s hermeticism didn´t allow to know the existence of two coffers. As they did not find the second chest, they justified the visit to the shipwreck place by the gratefulness to the Camarinas´ people heroism

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