There was a very large stone found wedged in a hole in the bottom of the frigate HMS Pique when the ship was docked in Portsmouth in October 1835. The Pique had run ashore in the Belle Isle Straits, Labrador, in Sepember of that year. After refloating, she sailed across the Atlantic, without a rudder & with pumps continuously manned to control her leaks.
But for this stone acting as a plug to one of the larger holes, she would certainly have foundered and sank. A splendid feat of seamanship by the captain. What did the future hold for the enterprising Captain, the hon H J Rous? The answer lies on the Summer 2011 Museum Treasure page on www.nhrm.co.uk
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