There have been more shipwrecks around the shores of Scilly over the centuries than anywhere else in the world, due to the windy weather conditions, winter gales and treacherous rocks.
The best known shipwreck was that of the German ferry, the Schiller in 1875. The wreck resulted in a huge loss of life with the deaths of 335 men women and children.
The Schiller was one of the largest ocean going ships of her day. She had set off from New York, bound for Southampton and then on to Hamburg.
The Schiller was carrying a valuable cargo including gold coins and sewing machines. When sailing into thick fog, the ship experienced a series of freak waves which swept her broadside to the ledge, inflicting major damage.
Panic broke out and attempts at escape were chaotic. Two full lifeboats were crushed when the ship's funnel fell onto them.
Many passengers were also drowned when a wave tore off the roof and swept the bodies out to sea. There were only 27 survivors.
The German authorities were so impressed with the way that Scillonians handled the tragedy, orders were sent during the two subsequent world wars that Scilly people should be spared from being bombed or attacked.
This was in recognition of the kindness shown to their countrymen by the islanders.