Many ships have been wrecked close to the coast of Dumfries and Galloway. One of the most tragic was the Orion that sank off Portpatrick in 1850.
The Orion was an iron paddle steamer built in Greenock in 1846. On 17th June 1850 she left Liverpool for Glasgow with 110 passengers on board. The next morning, navigating in a thick mist, she struck a submerged rock in the entrance to Portpatrick harbour. A huge hole was torn in the ship's watertight bulkheads and she sank within minutes.
At least 60 passengers were drowned. Some were still asleep in their cabins and others were caught in the suction of the ship as she went down.
This simple, high-backed chair was made with timbers salvaged from the Orion. Another memorial to the ship's passengers and crew can be seen built into the wall of Portpatrick old churchyard.
In the collection of Stranraer Museum.