Navigational tips and beauty spots around the south-east coast of the Isle of Wight.
In 1878 a young Winston Churchill lived with his parents in Flint Cottage on Wheeler’s Bay Road, Ventnor. From the end of his street on 22 March, he watched HMS Eurydice, a Royal Navy training frigate with 26 guns, enter Sandown Bay towards the end of her passage from Bermuda to Portsmouth. Under full sail and with gun ports open, Capt Hare failed to notice a black cloud sweeping over St Boniface Down. A violent katabatic snow squall engulfed the ship and by the time it had passed only her topmasts were visible. Of the 364 crew, only two survived and, despite salvage of the hull shortly after the disaster, the ship is said to haunt the bay to this day.