Lego My Beach – Cornwall’s Gift of Endless Nautical Plastic
by Chris Dixon
On February 13, 1997, a massive North Atlantic storm spawned a rogue wave that plowed into the container ship Tokio Express. The ship listed 60 degrees and then keeled over 40 degrees in the opposite direction. As a result, 62 semi-trailer-sized containers, bearing 4.8 million Legos disappeared into the abyss. But like an oil slick with no mapped source, Legos continue to float up from the deep wash up onto Cornish (and other) shores to this day. Fortunately, most are nautically themed. Unfortunately, there’s no telling how much real wildlife these petroleum-based and essentially indestructible micro spearguns, cutlasses, octopi and scuba tanks have injured or killed.