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In Search of the Wreckers

History Series. In January, the MSC Napoli ran aground, spilling its cargo on Branscombe beach in Devon. Author Bella Bathurst discovers the history of 'wrecking'.

History Series. In January, the MSC Napoli ran aground, spilling its cargo on Branscombe beach in Devon. The public were delighted, but the authorities were determined to police opportunists. Looters of the Napoli were reviving a centuries' old tradition: 'wrecking'. Author Bella Bathurst discovers the social history of a national crime.

50 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:36

    Curiosity

    Gimme The Sunshine

Broadcasts

  • Sat 12 Jan 2008 20:10
  • Tue 29 Jan 2008 02:30
  • Thu 13 Sep 2018 22:00
  • Sun 7 Apr 2019 23:10