The problem of supplying an island community for all its needs is the central thread throughout this account. The operation of the Lundy Packets is considered against a background of changing controlling interests, attitudes and the vagaries of wind and tide. Generally the Packets only worked from local mainland ports with substantial tidal rise and fall and additionally in the case of the rivers Taw and Torridge a bar totally exposed to the West. Always to an island beach with no permanent landing facilities (until 1999) totally exposed to the East. Difficulties well understood by those with maritime interests and presented an interesting challenge to all the seamen who attempted to provide such a service.
Whilst earlier periods, interests and supply services are briefly considered the substantive work commences in 1878. The owners of the Island are traced from the private ownership of the Heaven family (1918) through Augustus Christie (1918-1926) and Harman family...
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We are interested in any history about the Lerina. Prior to 1950