A DANGEROUS FLIRT WITH A FRENCHMAN!
In 1886, Louisa Journeaux was persuaded to go for a romantic row in the harbour with a Frenchman called Jules. Unfortunately he lost an oar, and when he dived into the water to retrieve it, the rowing boat was swept away by the strong currents.
Louisa was feared lost at sea, but 28 days later a telegram arrived reporting that she had been rescued by a French ship and was safe and well in Canada, 2,600 miles away!
Louisa’s extraordinary story made the papers on both sides of the Atlantic and features in the Maritime Museum.