The treacherously rough seas caused by gales take their toll as ships get stranded around the coast of England.
No title, paperwork reads - Havoc of the Great Gale. Many ships foundered and were driven ashore and many lives lost despite heroic work by our gallant lifeboatmen. England.
L/S of a ship stranded on the shore, the waves splash around it. M/S of its name, "Merwede" (?)
Intertitle - '21 year old Major Laity swam with rope through mountainous seas to rescue to crew of French Steamer "Ornais" near Penzance. Cornwall.'
L/S of the "Ornais" stuck on the shore, various shots of it stranded in the waves. The camera pans across it.
Intertitle - 'Crew of the "Mystery" were saved by lifeline at Dover. Kent.' M/S of the "Mystery", most of which is submerged in the sea, M/S as water washes across part of the deck still visible.
Intertitle - '4 masted Danish Schooner ashore off Cuckmere Haven.' M/S of the schooner stuck near some rocks listing in the waves around it, the camera pans up and down. M/S of people watching from the beach.