Disasters happen to other people. Most of us will be fortunate enough to live our lives without becoming part of a major, Six O’Clock News kind of catastrophe. Our planes will land, our homes will remain firmly upright as the ground never shakes beneath them and our ferries will make it safely from one shore to the other. But we all experience the kind of breakage and loss portrayed in these images. My intention here is not to belittle the events described in Noall and Farrs booklet, rather I aim to present a means to how we may better comprehend these events by reference to the commonplace “disasters” of everyday life. We all experience similar feelings when our possessions break or become lost; crossness, wistfulness, a small sense of loss that soon passes. The Cornish Shipwrecks were real and often tragic events that still live in memory, but compare them to an event such as the Sichuan Earthquake of 2008 and they appear somewhat less important; It's all a question of scale.