Albert Goodwin, R.W.S. (1845-1932)
The race of the tide, Mort Point, North Devon
signed and dated ‘Albert Goodwin 1922’ (lower right)
and inscribed ‘The race of the tide, Mort [sic] Point, N. Devon’ (lower left)
pencil and watercolour, with white heightening and scratching out
14 ⅝ x 21 ⅜ in. (37.2 x 54.3 cm.)
Many vessels were wrecked off Morte Point, which is how the stretch of Devsonshire coast acquired its name. In the winter of 1852, five ships were dashed upon the rocks, one of which was transporting live pigs, giving a cove to the south of the point it’s name: Grunta. Most of the pigs survived, with one managing to escape capture for a year, foraging along the coastline and living of seaweed.
In 1871, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution built a lifeboat station. However, due to the strong incoming winds (which made launching difficult), it was closed in 1900.