The trading vessel SS Volnay transported anything between America and Europe from butter to cigarettes.
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The SS Volnay was a 4,610grt, 285ft long defensively-armed British Merchant Ship. On the 14th December 1917, when on route from Montreal for Plymouth, she hit a mine when 2 miles E by S from the Manacles, Cornwall. Owned by Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow, it tried to beach itself at Porthallow but didn't make it and it sank in 22m. The general cargo of tinned meat, butter, jam, coffee, cigarettes, peanuts, potato crisps & timber has all dissappeared, but the anti-personnel shells are still to be found. The lead shot from the shells are prolific around the site.
The wreck lays well broken after having allegedly been dynamited twice as a hazard to shipping, maybe it was to destroy the anti-personnel shells. The Volnay can be dived at all states of the tide and is only affected by easterly or southerly winds.
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