The Carracks

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Coordinates: 50°12′47″N 5°33′04″W / 50.213°N 5.551°W / 50.213; -5.551

The Carracks

The Carracks (Cornish: Kerrek, meaning rocks) and Little Carracks (Cornish: Karrek an Ydhyn, meaning rock of the birds) are a group of small rocky inshore islands off the Atlantic north coast of west Cornwall, United Kingdom. The name comes from "carrek", the Cornish language word for 'rock'. The Little Carracks were still known as Carrack an Heythen c1920.[1]

The islands are located between Zennor and St Ives and are approximately 200 metres off shore. The largest island in the group is sometimes referred to as 'Seal Island' and is home to Atlantic Grey Seals, dogfish, anglerfish and sea anemones.

Boats from St Ives often travel to and from the islands to give visitors the chance to observe the seals and other wildlife on the island.

In 1916, the Enrico Parodi, a 339-foot-long (103 m), 3,818-ton steel vessel, struck Gurnard's Head during thick fog. While being towed, it sank off The Carracks and remains there at present as a diving attraction.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weatherhill, Craig, Place Names in Cornwall and Scilly, Wessex Books, 2005
  2. ^ http://www.divernet.com/Wrecks/wreck_tours/159411/wrecktour_67_the_enrico_parodi.html Enrico Parodi; by John Liddiard