A trip to the Maritime Museum turned into a family reunion today when three direct descendants of a Cornish hero met for the first time – completely by chance.
Sam and Milly Edwards had been brought to the Maritime Museum by their grandmother, Betty Williams, to see the story of their great, great, great, great, great, great, grandfather Henry Trengrouse and his amazing invention the rocket line and breeches buoy.
Betty said: "The children adore the Maritime Museum, so I always bring them here whenever they're staying with me. And today seemed like the perfect opportunity for them to see the story of Henry Trengrouse's invention being brought to life."
Remarkably also visiting the Museum at the same time was another direct descendent of Henry Trengrouse's great, great, great, great, great, granddaughter Hazel Thomas, who lives in Oxfordshire and was in Cornwall visiting friends.
Hazel Thomas said: "I'd just popped into the Museum to see the Under the Sea exhibition with some diving friends, but I had no idea it was going to turn into a family reunion. In fact if it hadn't been for the Maritime Museum coming to the rescue on a wet and windy Wednesday it would never have happened!"