The Great Lego Spill of 1997

Back in 1997, a container ship was caught in a storm 20 miles west of Land’s End in Cornwall. The Tokio Express was hit by a rogue wave a lost a number of containers overboard. One such container was holding 5 million pieces of Lego which ironically, were components for an under the sea kit.

One of the Lego kits

One of the Lego kits

Today, in 2014 the Lego components are still washing ashore, many of which look good as new. Here are some images of my Lego finds from the Cornish coast earlier this year. I hope to incorporate them into one of my flotsam tapestries, given the extraordinary story they have to tell.

This article on The Independent’s website, Life’s a Beach to Comb, was written shortly after the spill explains how similar container spills have enabled oceanographers to track ocean currents.


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