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The Great Storm of 1859

Over the night of 25-26 October 1859, one of the worst storms in history arrived over the British Isles and caused havoc amongst shipping. It also caused substantial damage on land. Amongst the shipping losses was the Liverpool-Australia passenger steamship, the ROYAL CHARTER, which was wrecked off Moelfre, Anglesey, with the loss of 450 lives. It was this tragedy that spurred on the implementation of the first storm warning service by the Board of Trade's new Met Office. This collections explores the individual stories of over 40 of the shipping casualties and the wider impact of the storm on the coastal communities of Wales.

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ST BRYNACH'S CHURCH, CWM-YR-EGLWYS

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Welsh ballad re. the 'Royal Charter'...

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Porthole from the 'Royal Charter',...

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Pulley wheel from the 'Royal Charter'...

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Wood fitting from the 'Royal Charter'...

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Whisky bottle from the 'Royal Charter'...

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Crockery from the 'Royal Charter',...

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Hose pipe from the 'Royal Charter',...

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Part of a leather hose pipe from the Royal Charter

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Part of a marble table from the 'Royal...

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Pulley from the 'Royal Charter',...

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Sole of a shoe from the 'Royal Charter&...

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Tortoise-shell comb from the 'Royal...

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Pieces of pipe from the 'Royal Charter&...

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Pieces of pipe from the 'Royal Charter&...

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Miscellaneous items from the 'Royal...

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Nail from the 'Royal Charter',...

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Dinas, Pembrokeshire

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A scene of the wreck of the "Royal Charter...

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Original Llandudno pier

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Royal Charter Memorial, Moelfre

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Salvage Operations on the ROYAL CHARTER

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ROYAL CHARTER: Collins Street and Bourke Street...

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Researching Ships in Port Shipping Registers

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Reverend Stephen Roose Hughes

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ROYAL CHARTER: Central Melbourne 1850s and the...

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Burial Registers for the Royal Charter...

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Sandycroft Foundry and Ironworks 1853

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Assets Inventory, Sandycroft Ironworks 1855

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ROYAL CHARTER Science Ship: Magnetic Experiments

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Photograph of the wreck of the ROYAL CHARTER 1859

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ROYAL CHARTER Science Ship: Wildlife Observatory

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ROYAL CHARTER victims recorded by Rev Hughes

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ROYAL CHARTER: Call all hands to work the ship!

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ABEONA lost near Fishguard 25-26 October 1859

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BEE lost Careg Bay 25-26 October 1859

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BETSEY AND MARTHA lost Bristol Channel 1859

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BEATRICE CATHERINE lost Porth Oer 25-26 Oct 1859

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CHARLES HOLMES lost Aberbach 25-26 October 1859

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JOHN SAINT BARBE lost Lavernock Point 26 Oct 1859

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MORNING STAR lost at Ceibwr 25 October 1859

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SWANSEA TRADER lost Dinas Head 25-26 Oct 1859

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WAVE lost Frainslake Sands 25-26 October 1859

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CLAUDIA lost Porth Oer 25-26 October 1859

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KENDAL CASTLE lost off St Anns Head 25-26 Oct 1859

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MARGARET lost Newquay 25-26 October 1859

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MARGARET LLOYD lost Cardigan Island 25-26...

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PRISCILLA lost Aberdaron 25-26 October 1859

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VICTORIA lost Cei Bach 25-26 October 1856

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ELIZA AND JANE lost near Cardigan 25-26 October...

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Social life onboard the ROYAL CHARTER

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AGNES lost Point Lynas 26 October 1859

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LAUREL lost Cardigan Bay 26 October 1859

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MARIA lost Red Wharf Bay 26 October 1859?

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ORION lost off St David's Head 26 October...

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TWIN SISTER lost off Aberystwyth 26 October 1859

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West wall of St Brynach's church

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MORNING STAR: Gravestone of Isaac and Lewis Thomas

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CHARLES HOLMES: 1860 auction of salvage

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CHARLES HOLMES: The grave of the crew at Granston

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The Harbour at Aberystwyth

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Great Storm 1859: Aberystwyth Harbour Inquiry

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Great Storm 1859: Rear Admiral Robert FitzRoy

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Great Storm 1859 mapped by FitzRoy and Babbington

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Granston Burial Registry 2: CHARLES HOLMES wreck

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Granston burial registry: the CHARLES HOLMES wreck

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Llanwnda burial registry: the CHARLES HOLMES wreck

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ROYAL CHARTER Name Board, Llyn Maritime Museum

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ROYAL CHARTER damages Liverpool-Holyhead Telegraph

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GREAT EASTERN - calm before the Great Storm of...

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EAGLE lost near Abergele 25-26 October 1859

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HECTORINE survivor of the 1859 Great Storm

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MARY ANNE lost at Newquay 25-26 October 1859?

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MATHILDIS lost Dinas Head 25-26 October 1859

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ORIENTAL lost at Rhyl 25-26 October 1859

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SYLPH ashore but survived the Great Storm of 1859

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Sloop ROBERT survivor of the Great Storm of 1859

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Mersey Flat JOSEPH survivor of the Great Storm...

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BRITANNIA lost Ceibwr 25-26 October 1859

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ROYAL CHARTER Journal of Rev Charles Vere Hodge

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Rhyl lifeboat rescues ORIENTAL's crew 26...

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You too can circumnavigate the world with the...

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Burials of the crew of the MERLIN lost in the...

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Rev Charles Vere Hodge drowned in the ROYAL...

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ELIZA BEYNON, survivor of the Great Storm 25-26...

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Indenture concerning the bankruptcy of George...

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Assets Inventory: Sandycroft Ironworks 1855 page 5

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Assets Inventory: Sandycroft Ironworks 1855 page 4

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Assets Inventory: Sandycroft Ironworks 1855 page 3

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Assets Inventory: Sandycroft Ironworks 1855 page 2

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ACORN survivor of the Great Storm of 25-26...

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ALICE lost at Conway 25-26 October 1859

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EBENEZER survivor of the Great Storm of 25-26...

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JANE lost at Penmon Point 25-26 October 1859

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MERLIN Lost Cold Knapp Point 25-26 October 1859

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MESSENGER survivor of the Great Storm 25-26...

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SUSAN lost Rhymney River, Cardiff, 25-26...

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CAROLINA lost Porthgain 25-26 October 1859

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The ROYAL CHARTER under sail 1856

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ROYAL CHARTER: Profit and Loss for Gibbs,...

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Heroes of the ROYAL CHARTER

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Shipping Losses during the Great Storm of 25-26...

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Ring from the 'Royal Charter'...

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Great Storm of 1859: Shipwreck Detective Tasks...

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ROYAL CHARTER: Passengers embarking for the...

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ROYAL CHARTER: Exploring the Wreck Underwater

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