The pleasure cruiser MV Darlwyne disappeared off the Cornish coast in
south-west England on 31 July 1966, with two crew and twenty-nine
passengers. Formerly a naval picket boat, the vessel had undergone
considerable structural modifications which adversely affected its
seaworthiness, before beginning service as an unlicensed passenger boat
without radio, distress flares or other lifesaving equipment. On the
fatal voyage, a group from the Greatwood guest house in Mylor were
taken on a 30-mile trip to Fowey. The outward voyage was completed
without mishap, but the weather had significantly deteriorated when the
return trip began late that afternoon. When the vessel failed to return
to Mylor the alarm was raised, and air and sea searches began on 1
August. Twelve bodies were eventually recovered, but no further traces
of the vessel were found at the time. A subsequent Board of Trade
enquiry exposed the laxity with which boat licensing regulations were
being administered, and led to stricter enforcement. In 2016 divers
found an anchor and other debris in the vicinity of Darlwyne's final
sighting, which they stated were in all probability relics from the
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