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Welsh Wreck Web Research Project - 2020

Chart of north Cardigan Bay
Chart of the area covered by the project showing the approximate locations of the incidents investigated

During 2020, the Covid-19 corona virus struck the world with a vengeance, and lockdown for months became the norm for people in many countries around the world.

During 2020, the Covid-19 corona virus struck the world with a vengence, and lockdown for months became the norm for people in many countries around the world.

With diving and site visits put on hold, the Nautical Archaeology Society put out a plea for ideas that would help people maintain their enthusiasm for maritime archaeology, while self isolating.

Between 2002 & 2009 MADU had been involved with investigating a shipwreck in the north of Cardigan Bay, West Wales (see The Diamond? Project). During this exercise, a database of over 450 maritime incidents involving vessels had been identified in this area, and from this list, the "www Research Project" evolved.

People who were interested in carrying out some research from home, were invited to undertake on-line investigations into vessels from the database, and to produce a short report on their findings.

The project is due to run until the end of 2020 and below are details of the results obtained so far:

North Cardigan Bay - West
Enlarged area centred around Bardsey Island
 
North Cardigan Bay - East
Enlarged area of Tremadoc Bay and Sarn Badreg (St. Patrick's Causeway)
 
The above are: Admiralty Chart 1971 - Cardigan Bay - northern part (not to be used for navigation)
© Crown Copyright. Reproduced by permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationary Office and the UK Hydrographic Office (www.GOV.uk/UKHO)
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The following table relates to vessels involved in maritime incidents shown on the above charts, and includes links to the reports that have been prepared and so far submitted by researchers who have engaged with the project".

Vessel Date Type Incident Author
Allaluia 07/02/1812 sailing vessel wrecked & lost Deanna Groom
Amlwch Packet 14/10/1881 Schooner driven ashore & dismantled Malcolm Whitewright
Andrada 24/03/1895 Barque grounded on reef, re-floated Graeme Perks
Castilian 04/12/1868 Fully Rigged Ship stranded on the beach Robert Cadwalader
Celerity 25/12/1852 Schooner foundered offshore Graeme Perks
Chelford 14/04/1918 Steamship sunk by submarine UB-73 Ashton East
Cyrene 05/04/1918 Steamship sunk by submarine UC-31 Ashton East
Danube 06/03/1861 Fully Rigged Ship stranded on reef & wrecked Malcolm Whitewright
Diamond 02/01/1825 Fully Rigged Ship wrecked & lost MADU
Dreadnought 14/10/1881 Schooner wrecked, salvaged, wrecked Malcolm Whitewright
Erica 08/03/1918 Schooner sunk by submarine U-110 Ashton East
Ezel 01/09/1905 Schooner stranded on bar, re-floated Graeme Perks
Favourite Sally 22/11/1811 Brig wrecked & lost Deanna Groom
Glendoveer 12/07/1845 Fully Rigged Ship stranded & salvaged Robert Cadwalader
Glenocum 23/05/1883 Steamship went ashore and sank Chris Holden
Harkaway 14/10/1881 Schooner beached in storm. refloated Malcolm Whitewright
Industry 07/12/1891 Schooner drifted un-manned, wrecked Gerallt Owen
James 29/03/1883 Schooner stranded on the beach Deanna Groom
James Holmes 07/09/1826 Sloop driven ashore & re-floated Deanna Groom
Jane Ellen 21/03/1887 Schooner ran ashore & wrecked Malcolm Whitewright
John 1559/1590 Trading Ship abandoned & lost Richard Adamczyk
John Ellis 14/10/1881 Schooner driven ashore, re-floated Malcolm Whitewright
John G. Walter 09/03/1918 Schooner sunk by submarine U-101 Ashton East
Kingfisher 09/08/1940 Steamship beached, re-floated Malcolm Whitewright
Kragero 02/08/1895 Barque stranded, re-floated Nigel Braybrooke
Laura Griffith 11/12/1909 Schooner driven ashore & total loss Graeme Perks
Maid of Harlech 27/09/1942 Aircraft ditched just off the beach MADU
Monk 07/01/1843 Paddle Steamer stranded on bar & wrecked Chris Holden
Moringen 16/06/1897 Brig stranded on the bar Richard Evans
Neptune 02/02/1825 Fully Rigged Ship driven ashore & total loss Graeme Perks
Newry 16/04/1830 Barque driven ashore & total loss Richard Adamczyk
Omnibus 06/02/1869 Schooner struck rocks & total loss Graeme Perks
Owen Morris 08/12/1907 Schooner driven ashore & total loss Mel Taylor
Peter Varkevisser 13/01/1895 Ketch foundered, re-floated Chris Holden
Phoebe 13/01/1843 Schooner lost during the Great Storm Alexia Van Hecke
Pluvier 15/03/1905 Schooner hit by the schooner Rosie Graeme Perks
Poltalloch 02/01/1916 Barque stranded on reef & total loss Robert Cadwalader
Rob the Ranter 30/10/1899 Brigantine beached in storm & total loss Mal Taylor
Saint George 14/10/1881 Brig beached, re-floated Malcolm Whitewright
Seven Brothers 27/11/1909 Schooner stranded on the beach Graeme Perks
Six Brothers 06/01/1867 Schooner stranded & sank Gerallt Owen
Spanker 06/02/1885 Barque stranded on the foreshore Robert Cadwalader
St Tudwals Ferry ??/??/1887 Ferry unknown Annette Maloney
Syren 08/03/1908 Ketch stranded & re-floated Graeme Perks
Tal-y-Bont 17th century Armed Ship wrecked & lost MADU
Thetis 06/02/1850 Snow / Brig stranded on bar & wrecked Graeme Perks
Thora 29/10/1927 Schooner wrecked, salvaged, wrecked Mel Taylor
Timbo 15/11/1922 Steamship stranded on rocks & sank Graeme Perks
Turkestan 18/02/1876 Fully Rigged Ship stranded on the beach Robert Cadwalader
Twelve Apostles 23/11/1898 Schoomer ran ashore & wrecked Deanna Cunningham
Walter Ulric 14/02/1895 Schooner collided (Joseph Nicholson) Nigel Braybrooke
Zebulon 11/09/1835 Barque driven on the reef, re-floated Graeme Perks

Below are examples of some of the above reports.

Project Reports
A selection of some of the reports submitted

The project currently has 528 vessels on its database that have been involved in maritime incidents, and 63 researchers, based in many parts of the world, are investigating 191 of them.

This still leaves 337 vessels looking for a researcher, so, if you would like to join the team and undertake some on-line investigations yourself, go to:

https://www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/welsh-wreck-web-research-project

and follow the "How to get Involved" instructions.

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This project has no commercial remit, it has been run entirely by the voluntary efforts of the administrators and researchers, with no outside financial assistance. The sole purpose of the project has been to help people with an interest in maritime history to safely survive the 2020 global outbreak of the Covid-19 corona virus and facilitate public access to the historical resource. It is hoped that the information contained in the reports compiled, is of interest, and possibly of assistance in the future for anyone looking for details relating to any of the vessels investigated.

While the Malvern Achaeological Diving Unit (MADU) and the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) have taken all reasonable efforts to ensure that the copyright of third parties has been acknowledged and relevant consents obtained, the individual reports remain the sole property of the authors. If any third party has concerns related to the accuracy or other aspects of a report’s content it is requested that contact is made with Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit (MADU) and the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) in order that such concerns may be addressed. 

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