There are over 3000 wrecks around the Cornish Coast and around 1600 off Devon. It is estimated that there are as many as 655 wrecks around the Isles of Scilly alone.
The Waterford Company's S.S. Gipsey left Bristol on the 12th May 1878, but in navigating the River Avon became stranded beam-on to the tidal stream on a falling tide and broke her back.
The wreck was an obstruction to river traffic in and out of the port and was later demolished with explosives.
The S.S. Mohegan lost off the Lizard in 1898 was full steam ahead when she hit the Manacles. It is not known what caused this to happen. This photograph is thought to be the only one in existence.
These are only a example of the wrecks which are depicted in the centre. Also the artefacts on display in the centre are the largest private collection of this type on public display in Europe.