Parts of the boat had been replaced over the years, and at the nearby Pot Buoys Gallery I admired a handmade book covered with wood from The Shah.
The profits from its sale went to support the racing team: ‘Own a piece of history,’ read the accompanying sign.
Gallery owner Emma Eberlein came over as I admired a cabinet with jewellery made from recycled plastic.
“Most of the work here is made from materials found on the islands, whether it’s plastic, glass or driftwood from the beaches,” she said. “This cabinet is made from wood from a shipwreck – the Cita.”
She took me over to another cabinet that contained jewellery made from beads found on ‘Beady Pool’, a cove on the south-east of the island where ceramic beads from a 17th century shipwreck are still found today.
In the island’s church, a beautiful stained-glass window depicted the St Agnes pilot gigs rowing to the rescue after a shipwreck, as described by Chris. It was designed by Oriel Hicks; and by chance, the next day
I found myself in her studio on the island of St Mary’s, where she was busy making a decorative window.
And where a range of exquisite home decorations and tempting glass jewellery were also on sale. Yet another reason to stay longer.