Bristol Channel Shipping Memories

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In a cruel twist of fate, Cap Lt Kiesewetter was once again enlisted as part of Adolf Hitler’s Kriegsmarine (Navy) during the Second World War. Records show that at the age of 62, he was called up to command the UC-1 submarine, though it completed no operational missions. October 10th. A brig was sighted in a sinking condition off Burry Holms. The vessel sank before any assistance could reach her. She was later identified by one of her boats that came ashore at Rhosilli as the “Juno” of St. Ives. The crew of two perished and their bodies were buried in Llangennith churchyard. On 26th January the “Ribble”, of Whitehaven was in collision with the Coniston Fell of Liverpool, off Mumbles Head. The Coniston Fell beached , but the Ribble sunk so that only her mast was above water. Fortunately the Captain and three crew were able to cling to the rigging and were saved by the Mumbles Lifeboat, Wolverhampton II. Two men from the Ribble drowned when the boat they had launched from her was swamped. One of those in the boat was saved by a shore boat. December 19th, the Liverpool brig “Bounty Hall” , Calcutta for Liverpool, stranded at Whitford. The vessel was later taken into Whitford Pill and then to Penclawdd for repairs. The vessel was reloaded in February of 1820 and proceeded to Liverpool.

September 8th, the thirty foot Ilfracombe sloop “Anne & Sarah”, with coal for Llanelli, sprang a leak while crossing Rhossili Bay. The Master, James Irwin, climbed the rigging while the two crew members took to the boat, which capsized as they were nearing the shore. The boy was drowned but the other crew member grabbed an oar which kept him afloat. On reaching the shore he raised the alarm and three local men, Moses Gibbs, John Thomas and William Harry launched their boat and rescued the Master after he had spent many hours clinging to the mast. On 10th February HMS Weazle, a sloop of war, (Commander the Hon. Henry Grey) was at Appledore, Devon, waiting to go out anti-privateering along the Cornish coast. Leaving port that evening she cleared Bideford Bar only to hit severe weather conditions in the Bristol Channel. The commander decided to shelter under Baggy Point near Braunton, Devon. The weather worsened and the sloop was driven aground just short of the Point with the loss of all 106 officers and crew. A memorial service was held at Northam Church, Devon. January 29th. The Fowey schooner “Wiln”, Devonport for Llanelli with scrap arrived off the Burry Estuary some time before there was enough water to permit her passage through the banks. The Master decided to stand off and later that evening the vessel was in collision with the Liverpool steamer “Irena”, Briton Ferry to Dublin with coal. The steamer launched her boat and saved three of the schooners crew, one of whom died later from exposure. The Master and two others went down with the vessel. On the 31st August the ketch “Trebiskin”, of Padstow, Cornwall, became stranded on Cardiff Grounds and the Barry lifeboat (John Wesley) was launched but a change in the wind allowed the three man crew of the Trebiskin to refloat her.

When she got right ahead all her lights went out. When the lights went out, I turned around with the glasses in my hand to see that she went clear of us and I saw the vessel in the moonlight. Every light on board had suddenly disappeared. April 5th, the “Nautilus” Bristol from Aberavon, ran onto Kenfig Sands. Three of the five-man crew were saved. The cargo was saved but the vessel was a loss. March 28th. In near hurricane winds and blinding snow the Russian schooner “Olga”, Moss Point, Mississippi for Swansea with pit props, parted he anchor cables and was blown onto Mumbles Head. The crew managed to get ashore safely with the assistance of the lighthouse keepers. The vessel was later refloated but considered a constructive total loss and sold for breaking.

Bristol, University of. "2006: Medical student's Olympic dream - News - University of Bristol". www.bristol.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 17 October 2018 . Retrieved 2 May 2017.On 15th October the Swansea barque “ Ocean Beauty”, bound for Valparaiso, took shelter in Mumbles Roads in the severe storms of that day. Her cables parted, however, and she drifted across Swansea Bay onto Aberavon Sands. The Mumbles lifeboat (Wolverhampton II) was launched, but could not get close enough. The crew took to the rigging and fortunately, when the tide receded without the ship breaking up, one of the crew threw an empty oil drum overboard with a line attached. This floated toward the shore sufficiently for some pilots on the beach to haul it in, and 13 crew members were able to pull themselves to safety hand over hand. Unfortunately the master and the pilot aboard the barque were drowned when they were washed overboard. February 11th. The “Mary Stenhouse” was being towed from Barrow to Newport when the tow parted and the vessel ran aground at Rhossili. A ships boat was launched and contained nine crew members and the Masters wife. On nearing the beach a heavy swell capsized the boat and all ten were lost. The remaining eleven crew members and the mate’s wife were rescued by Rhossili L.S.A Company. The vessel was refloated the following morning by the tug “Hero”. December 23rd. The brig “Felicete”, of Vannes, bound from Nantes to Swansea with pit props, ran aground on Oxwich Point. Porteynon lifeboat was launched but on its arrival the crew had managed to get ashore. The vessel became a total loss. January 30th. The Montrose brig “Hero”, Chile for Swansea with copper ore and Nicaragua timber, ran aground at Port Eynon in poor visibility. The crew got ashore safely but the vessel broke up with the incoming tide. March 10th. The barque “Henrietta!, bound for Swansea from Cuba with a cargo of copper ore, became stranded on the Mixon. The crew successfully abandoned ship and the following day the vessel was refloated and towed into port. Safely.

March 6th. With a large swell running over the Mixon Shoal, the brigantine “Earl Gowrie”, bound for her home port of Waterford with a cargo of coal, was lost with all hands. He says it can be viewed most days at low tide, with storms either revealing more or less of the ship depending on the way the sand shifts. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. April 22 Surat, 7000 died. 1794 Oct 6 Throughout Great Britain. Several hundred ships destroyed or damaged. On 29th March the French steamer “ Liban” sank on the Tusker Sands off Porthcawl. Eight of the crew were saved by the Porthcawl Lifeboat - three lost.

October 31st. The schooner “Robert Henry”, of Hayle, bound for Swansea, foundered four miles off Pennard. The crew managed to row ashore. She had a top speed of 24 knots, and was fitted with the latest engine technology. According to Historic England the vessel originally had luxury passenger accommodation, a 75ft dining room and 180ft saloon with velvet sofas. June 22nd , the “Fanny”, Neath bound for Cork with a cargo of culm became stranded on Skysea. The vessel began breaking up and the crew abandoned ship and rowed for Porteynon.

February 12th. The brigantine “Reine des Fleurs”, bound for her home port of Cannes with coal from Swansea, became stranded at West Cross in a heavy gale. The crew were saved but the vessel later broke up. The cargo, hull and store were salvaged and later auctioned. The number of results is limited to 20. More results are available to Premium and Satellite users. Recent ship arrivals in Bristol Arrival (LT) Coastal cities and towns [ edit ] The Bristol Channel looking south from Llantwit Major near Barry on the Glamorgan coast Satellite view of the Bristol ChannelAn unknown troop transport vessel on her way from Bristol to Ireland, carrying troops to put down a rebellion, ran aground on the Scarweather Sands. Several hundred soldiers perished and their bodies were washed ashore at Sker beach. They were buried in a mass grave in Caer Newydd at Porthcaw On October 21st the MV “Actuosity”, went ashore at Colhugh Point between Aberthaw and Llantwit Major. Her engine room and fore hold were flooded. With the fall of the tide, however, she was refloated and a massive salvage operation began, which lasted until December of that year. December 6th. The Mumbles ketch “Gloria” was fishing in Carmarthen Bay when a gale blew up and the Master sought shelter at Rhossili. The vessel was swamped and sank at her anchors. The crew got ashore safely with the assistance of the local auxiliary coastguard. The youngest person to swim from Penarth to Clevedon is Gary Carpenter, who in August 2007 at the age of 17, completed the crossing in 5 hours 35 minutes. He held the record for the fastest swim across the Bristol Channel until 2020. Carpenter's coach, Steve Price, was the first person to swim from Penarth to Clevedon, in 1990. [24]



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