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Diana Shipwreck Cargo 'Diving Birds' Cup and Saucer

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   Diana Shipwreck Cargo 'Diving Birds' Cup and Saucer
£295.00 P&PUK£15.00 P&PInternational£22.00

Diana Shipwreck Cargo 'Diving Birds' Cup and Saucer Dish c1816. This Finely decorated set is nicely painted with a Lakeside scene depicting Two birds flying above an elaborate pavilion on a promontory, beside pine and willow, a sanpan and a pagoda on a distant island surrounded by stylised clouds. The interior rim with spearheads and dumbells. Size: Saucer~ 14.5cm in diameter Cup~ 7cm in diameter. This set is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. Rich Cobalt shades of blue. Due to their large size, I do not think that they were intended for tea but for food or soup. Bothcomplete with the original auction stickers. Diana Cargo Shipwreck Story c1816. The Diana Cargo On the 4th of March 1817, the Diana set sail up the Malacca Strait to Prince of Wales Island under the command of Captain Alexander Lyell. The night was pitch black and so with nothing to guide them, they pressed on blindly to the northwest. As the leadsman called out the water depths with the ship covering 220m a minute, they reduced rapidly from 16 fathoms, to 10! The lookouts peered vainly ahead but could see nothing. However, below the water was Karang Lintang, a submerged cordillera of granite boulders. First Officer James Crichton anxiously debated whether to wake the captain, who, suffering from dysentery, was asleep on his bunk. The Diana effectively ended the debate as she crashed into the rocks, sending everyone sprawling. Thrown from his bunk, Captain Lyell rushed up on deck but it was too late to save her. Punctured by a boulder the water poured in and they tumbled the cannon overboard, bringing down the topmasts and started the watercasks, they could not get her off. Thrice during the night, they tried to send a boat back to Malacca for assistance but after it had been driven back for the third time, Lyell ordered them to abandon ship. 10 men were left when, after floating free and steering for Malacca, The Diana, settling deeper every minute, suddenly plunged under taking two Lascars and Captain Lyell with it. 176 years later, after discovering records of a lost ship, the Malaysian Historical Salvors (MHS) was awarded a contract to search for an salvage the Diana.After spending three years and locating 11 wrecks, they finally found her 4 days before Christmas.

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