January 30th 1886

A 100 ton schooner, William Thornborrow, bound from Teignmouth for London with a cargo of pipe clay, came ashore at Brook and soon became full of water and likely to become a total wreck. Captain Spiller and his crew took to their boats and abandoned her. She was afterwards boarded by the coastguards who took charge of her on behalf of the Receiver of Wrecks. The captain and crew rowed round the Needles and up through the Solent to land at Cowes.