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"Neglectful or Worse": A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking. / Pearce, Cathryn Jean.

In: Troze: The Online Journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Vol. 1, No. 1, 09.2008.

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Pearce, CJ 2008, '"Neglectful or Worse": A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking', Troze: The Online Journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, vol. 1, no. 1. <https://nmmc.co.uk/publication/neglectful-or-worse/>

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Pearce CJ. "Neglectful or Worse": A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking. Troze: The Online Journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. 2008 Sep;1(1).

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Pearce, Cathryn Jean. / "Neglectful or Worse": A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking. In: Troze: The Online Journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. 2008 ; Vol. 1, No. 1.

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