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Wreck of the Thorne


What little remains of the Thorne occasionally uncovers on exceptionally low tides such as one, predicted to be minus 0.1 metres at Liverpool, which occurred on 19th February 1992 when the barometer registered 1033 millibars. This low tide, coupled with high pressure, allowed part of the bottom of the hull to appear above the water and it was possible to walk along this for about thirty feet.

Two photographs exist of the Thorne, one a black and white print in the Library of the Manx Museum, and the other, a colour postcard in the possession of the author. It is mentioned in The Manx Sun of 1st February that "..Mr G.H. Robinson, photographer, Finch Road has secured some capital plates of the wreck.." and they may be his work. Both depict the vessel as she lay awash on the rocks a short distance east of the outfall of the Port Jack sewer. At the R.N.L.I. boathouse at Douglas, the services of the various lifeboats of the station are recorded on wooden boards affixed to the walls. One of these commemorates the gallant work of the crew of the Thomas Rose and the rescue of all eighteen people who were aboard the Thorne on that stormy night in January 1890.