Manacle Bell (Steve Gilbert & The Countrymen)

The Manacles reef is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty at the south-westerly corner of Falmouth Bay, the third largest natural harbour in the World. The name is derived from the Cornish words “maen eglos” meaning “church stones” as it is in clear site of St Keverne church. Understandably, a popular summer destination for boating, fishing and diving but not a place you want to be on a dark and stormy night.

The song highlights three of the best known wrecks amongst many and demonstrates why it was necessary to install a cardinal buoy mounted with a bell to mark these treacherous rocks.