The case of a supposed wrecking on the Isles of Scilly is the first article to be published in the new on-line journal from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The new quarterly, called TROZE, is free to all and will cover two themes: maritime matters in general and Cornwall's maritime history in particular. The title of the journal is taken from the Cornish word for the sound made by water about the bows of a boat: troze.
The first issue, published this month, covers an especially Cornish story: the issue of wrecking. In Neglectful or Worse - A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking in the Isles of Scilly, Cathryn Pearce explores a case of supposed wrecking relating to the lighthouse on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly. In a carefully researched article she shows how a wrecking story became distorted over time to become part of the accepted orthodoxy. Cathryn Pearce gained her PhD at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich, appeared on a BBC programme about wrecking and is currently working on a book on the subject in Cornwall.
Museum Trustee Dr Helen Doe, who inspired the creation of Troze, commented: “We are delighted to be producing an authoritative journal like this as it demonstrates the serious side to the Museum’s work and helps to advance the general knowledge of maritime history and Cornwall in particular. Forthcoming articles will cover topics such as smuggling, which are so often misunderstood or the subject of stereotyped semi-fictional accounts. Many of the articles have been written as a result of our very popular maritime conferences, the next of which is on the 27th September. TROZE will enable more people to enjoy the results of research by enthusiasts and academics.”
TROZE welcomes article submissions on any aspect relating to our mission from enthusiastic researchers, writers or people who are knowledgeable or passionate about their topics: in short anyone who has something interesting and relevant to say. Click here to contact the editor.
TROZE is available now from the Research section of the Museum’s website.