The Search for HMS Whiting
On the 15th September 1816, the 12 gun Baltimore pilot schooner HMS Whiting set a course to enter Padstow harbour with Lieutenant Jackson R.N in command.
In bad weather and without a pilot on board she ran into the infamous Doom Bar that guards the entrance to the harbour. All attempts to refloat the ship failed and she was abandoned as a wreck, later to be covered by the deep sands of the Bar.
This is the story of the American schooner Arrow that was captured by the Royal Navy and became HMS Whiting, her sinking, and the joint USA-UK project set up to search for the remains of the ship.
Find out about:
- Building the pilot schooner Arrow
- How Arrow became Whiting
- The wreck of HMS Whiting
- The search for the ship
- Diving on the Doom Bar
- The target 15 Wreck
- The Padstow guns
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