Vessel Losses and Casualties in Tremadog Bay and on St Patrick's Causeway
drost yr starn
Colliadau a Damweiniau i llongau ym Mae Dremadog ag ar Sarn Badrig

Through shipwreck, collision, sinking and stranding/ Trwy llongddrylliad, syddo ag âr-dirio
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Below is a list of well over a hundred and fifty ships which have come to grief in view of my childhood home on the seafront at Criccieth. Some are names only, others I have included more details.

Dyma rhestr ô dros gant a hanner ô llongau sydd wedi dryllo neu bod mewn trwbl mewn golwg ô Gricieth. Enw yn unig ydi rhei, mae mwy ô wybodaeth am lleill .

Robert Dafydd Cadwalader.

July 1999: Received many additions and corrections from Bill Butland - Thanks Bill

Aug 2001: Received many additions and corrections from Robert Carl Smith, author of "Mumbles Lifeboat" and "Gower Coast Shipwrecks". Thanks Robert!!

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KEY
(For illustrations of the following rigs CLICK HERE)

SCH = Schooner
3SCH = Three masted Schooner
BRG = Brig
BQ = Barque
4BQ = Four masted Barque
FRS = Full rigged ship
BQNT = Barquentine
BGNT = Brigantine
KTCH = Ketch
SMK = Smack
SLP = Sloop
DY = Dandy
YCHT = Yacht
SS = Steam ship
MV = Motor Vessel
FISH = Fishing vessel
NAME TYPE BUILT HOME PORT DATE LOCATION NOTES
AERON BELLE SCH 1856 ABERYSTWYTH October 20, 1910 ABERSOCH Small schooner with tiller steering.Built at Aberaeron. Photo of her in "Welsh Sail". Owned by Evans & Co Aberaeron. Capt D.Evans in 187. Sank at Abersoch
ALNWICH SCH 1856 BEAUMARIS 28-1-1895 CAUSEWAY Built in New Brunswick. Owner W.Morgan, Hodborrow, Cumberland. Grounded.
ALPHA SMK ? PWLLHELI 13/11/1894 PWLLHELI Sank.
AMALIA BQ   GOTHENBORG 4/11/1896 PWLLHELI Ran aground.
AMLWCH PACKET SCH 1832 BEAUMARIS 14/10/1881 ABERERCH Built at Amlwch. Owned by T.Jones, Bangor. Capt Griffith Jones. Wrecked
ANDRADA BQ ? LIVERPOOL 24/3/1895 CAUSEWAY Grounded then refloated.
ANN FLAT 1799 CAERNARVON 18/10/1858 ST TUDWALS
Built Frodsham. 60t, 62' x 15' x 7'. Owner and captain Hugh Pugh. Wrecked during severe storm while bound for Barmouth with a cargo of timber. Famous vessel. In many Welsh songs and poems. (see my page "Huw Puw -the truth - and what's a Flat")
ANN & CATHERINE SMK ? BARMOUTH 25/7/1856 BARMOUTH Sank.
ANN & ELIZABETH SMK ? PWLLHELI 6/11/1855 PWLLHELI Driven ashore, crew rescued.
ANNIE SCH ? PADSTOW 30/1/1877 ST TUDWALS Wrecked. On passage Dublin to Bristol
ATLANTIC PACKET SCH ? LONDON 27/2/1827 CAUSEWAY Ran aground. Crew saved in own boat. Capt.William Pallen. On passage Marseilles to Glasgow with a cargo of beans and madder.
BERTHOLLY SCH ? NEWPORT 13/1/1843 BARMOUTH Cargo of slates from P'madog. Blown ashore. One man made it ashore. Master and two crew later rescued from rigging. One crew member found dead.
BIPSHAM BRG   LIVERPOOL 1838 ? Wrecked Caernarvon Bay (BB)
BOY NICK FISH ? ? 22/11/78 BARMOUTH Rudder broke whilst crossing Barmouth Bar and she sank in minutes.
BRETON SCH   FOWEY 14/10/1881 CRICCIETH Wrecked
BRITANNIA SLP ? ? 1837 CRICCIETH Wrecked
BRITANNIA FRS ? BATH, MAINE 30/12/1859 CAUSEWAY Wrecked 4 miles off Barmouth. Cargo of cotton.
CAMINHADO FRS ? PORTUGAL March 1805 CAUSEWAY Wrecked. Watched by Capt Edward Roberts and the Barmouth Volunteers. This was the time of the wars against France - there were no survivors!. The soldiers salvaged 60000 pounds worth of cargo - Corn, fruit and wine.
CANTERBURY BELL KTCH ? ? 22/4/1893 CAUSEWAY Aground but refloated.
CARDIGAN SS ? ? JAN 1875 PWLLHELI Had a collision and drifted ashore.
CARMEN YCHT ? ABERYSTWYTH 14/10/18 BARMOUTH Sank.
CAROLINE BQ ? ? 12/3/1844 ST TUDWALS Bound Liverpool to Africa with cargo of tobacco, rum, gin and watches. Wrecked on West St Tudwals whilst trying to anchor. Ran onto rocks and broke up. Cargo was insured for 18000 pounds. A diver attempted salvage in 1844.
CAROLINE LB   CRICCIETH 08/12/07 CRICCIETH ?????????????????
CASTILIAN FRS ? LONDON 4/12/1868 P'MADOG BAR Owned by Leyland Bros? The second Castilian (Ellerman Lines) was lost off Holyhead during WWII. My first ship in 1966 was the third vessel of that name.
CATHERINE HENRY SCH ? ABERYSTWYTH 18/6/1897 P'MADOG BAR Wrecked
CESTRIAN BQ ? LIVERPOOL 15/1/1849 CAUSEWAY Owner Maxwell of Liverpool. Capt. Thomas Armstrong. Cargo of Palm Oil from Africa for Liverpool. Struck the Causeway and drifted ashore near Trefana, Barmouth. Became a total wreck.
CELERITY BRG ? ? 1853 PWLLHELI Wrecked.
CHARLOTTE BRG ? LE HAVRE 24/12/1855 HARLECH
In ballast from the English Channel to Cardiff. Swept ashore and wrecked. For full account incl details of rescue by Criccieth Lifeboat CLICK HERE
CHARLOTTE ANNE ? ? PWLLHELI 6/1/1867 MORFA BYCHAN Driven ashore.
CULLODEN FRS ? LIVERPOOL 9/12/1854 CAUSEWAY Cargo of timber. Wrecked same day as the "Pride of the Seas". Click here for account of rescue in the Lifeboat Journal
DAHLIA SMK ? ? 1860? BARMOUTH In distress. Crew taken off by lifeboat.
DANUBE FRS ? BELFAST 6/3/1861 CAUSEWAY 1000 rt. 2,700 bales of cotton. Ran aground and broke up.25 saved 1 lost. Could be seen from Criccieth.
DASHER ? ? BEAUMARIS 28/4/1868 CAUSEWAY Aground but refloated.
DOBELL SMK ? CAERNARVON 25/09/11 BARMOUTH Aground on the Bar and refloated.
DIAMOND FRS ? AMERICAN 3/1/1825* HARLECH 22/1/1825 (ET). East end of Causeway 1 mile offshore. Ran aground then sank in 7 fathoms (BB). According to Einion Thomas in an article in "Maritime Wales Vol 19, she ran aground near Harlech. Three locals were arrested for stealing goods from the wreck, one being Ellis Annwyl a shipmaster. They were fined 45 pounds - 21 pounds to be invested in the Bala to Dolgellau Turnpike Road and the interest given to the poor of the parish of Llandanwg. This charity was paid up to 1872.
DILIGENCE SCH ? NEFYN 22/1/1862 ABERSOCH Driven ashore and wrecked at Castlemarch beach. Cargo of pipeclay for Newry.
DORA SCH 1856 P'MADOG 10/03/03 ABERSOCH Sank.This could be the DORA in Emrys Hughes's List., formerly the Margaret & Mary- 91grt, 78.8x20.2x10.7, bult at P'madog by Jones, owners R.Jones and Co. According to him she finished her days as a hulk.
DOVE SCH ? ? 13/1/1847 ABERSOCH Wrecked. There was also a sloop called the DOVE from Pwllheli which was wrecked in 1869
DREADNOUGHT SCH ? BARMOUTH 14/10/1881 ABERERCH Wrecked. Could be the Dreadnought in EH's list "Went ashore at Pwllheli but was later salved". That ship eventualy foundered of the Pembs Coast.
DUNCAN FISH ? GRIMSBY 01/02/14 CAUSEWAY Stranded. 216 ton steam trawler.
DUSTY MILLER BQ ? CAERNARVON 10/10/1878 CAUSEWAY Built New Brunswick, 596 rt, registerd Liverpool, owned by John Owen of Caernarfon. In danger, anchored by the Causeway - dragging anchor. The Abersoch lifeboat stood by all night untill a P'madog tug arrived which then towed her to St Tudwal's Roads. The Rev. Owen Williams, son of the founder of Welsh lifeboats, Hon Sec, was on board and was awarded a second clasp to his RNLI silver medal.
ECONOMY SCH ? AMLWCH 1843 CAUSEWAY Built by Trewick Bros. Capt R.Jones. Lost on or near the Causeway with all hands.
ECONOMY SCH ? ? Dec 1869 ? Middlesbro' to Barmouth with cargo of railway chairs - intriguing! - the Cambrian Coast Railway had just been completed. Lost anchor and went ashore in a gale.
EDWIN SCH ? CHESTER 13/1/1843 BARMOUTH Wrecked. Anchored awaiting tide when wind suddenly blew up. She dragged anchor and went ashore north of the town. Four Master mariners finally managed to board her but by then the crew of five and the pilot were dead. Wreckage was uncovered in 1934 and some anchor chain was salvaged.
EDWARD O'BRIEN FRS ? ST THOMAS 13/2/1875 CAUSEWAY Cargo of sugar.13 Feb 1875 N.Orlean - L'pool cotton, refloated to Holyhead 20 Feb
ELEANOR SLP 1829 PORTMADOC 3/1/1870 BARMOUTH Built by Henry Jones at P'madog.34 tons. Wrecked on the Bar. 3 Jan 1870 from Porthcawl with coal
ELLEN AND ESTHER ? ? PORTMADOC 4/11/1869 Bardsey Nov 1869 off Bardsey
ELIZA BELL SCH 1854 AMLWCH 29/4/1896 ST TUDWALS Built Londonderry. Owners John Edwards Amlwch. Aground in the roads.
ELIZABETH SLP ? TREFRIW 02/10/08 CARDIGAN BAY Wrecked?
ELIZABETH SCH ? ? 13/1/1843 ABERERCH Cargo of wheat.Three ships, ELIZABETH, WATER LILLY and MARGARETA were sheltering in St Tudwal's Roads. Their anchors parted and all were wrecked on Abererch Beach.
EMILY BARRAT KTCH 1913 MILLOM 17/09/27 ST TUDWALS Grounded then refloated. Well known vessel. Last wooden built sailing ship in UK. Traded regularly to P'madog in the 20s and 30s, may have been owned there. She survived many years. I saw her lying derelict at Charlton on the London river in 1976. She ended up at Maryport where she was to be renovated but there was insufficient funds so she rotted away. 1999 being dismantled - parts being saved for museum.
EMMY SS ? GREECE 05/02/40 CAUSEWAY Grounded then refloated after two days.
EMULATION SCH ? NEWPORT 2/3/1849 BARMOUTH 190 tons. Went ashore 5 miles south of Barmouth.
ENDEAVOUR SMK 1845 PORTMADOC 8/12/1886 PWLLHELI Wrecked. Owner J.H.Williams
ENTERPRISE SS ? BEAUMARIS 26/10/09 ABERSOCH Sank
EQUATEUR ? ? ? 18/1/1879 CAUSEWAY Lost. Bound San Francisco and Guayarnos to Liverpool.
EULOMENE FRS ? LIVERPOOL 29/01/1884 CAUSEWAY Wrecked. Calcutta - L'pool 29 Jan 1884

Click here for reports from Lloyds List
FALCON KTCH ? CARDIFF 26/10/09 ABERSOCH Wrecked
FIFE MAID ? ? ? 26/11/1861 CAUSEWAY Wrecked. Crew lost.
FLORENCE COOKE SS 1923 SUNDERLAND 01/07/57 PORTMADOC
Ran aground in estuary -refloated. Photo of her aground in the "Ship Aground" pub in Talsarnau. CLICK HERE for history and pictures of this well known local ship

FOSSIL SMK/SLP 1850 PWLLHELI 14/10/02 LLANBEDROG Built Pwllheli 38nrt. OwnerDavid Davies Llanbedrog.Disappeared.
G & S SCOTT KTCH ? NEWPORT 8/10/1896 ABERSOCH Wrecked
GARIBALDI KTCH ? ABERDOVEY 1950? PWLLHELI This ex Breton fishing ketch was owned by the Outward Bound Training School. It had been sold to a Caernarfon scrap merchant who was going to use it as a hulk/barge to move scrap from a wreck at Trefor. It was being delivered to Caernarfon. The crew were Guto Mawr, Robin Cadwalader (Dad) and Ifan Woodward(Gwgi). Halfway across Cardigan Bay she started taking water and the pumps couldn't keep up so they put into Pwllheli and tied her up by the railway station, (Jack Ben piloted them in). After their exhausting adventure the gallant crew repaired to the "Mitre" for refreshment. On their return they found that the vessel had settled on the bottom. At the next high tide shewas dragged over to where the new marina is now, and abandoned. I well remember her rotting away for years. ....RDC
GARLANDSTONE KTCH ? DEVON 05/10/68 CAUSEWAY This vessel was on the way to Porthmadog to be converted to a museum ship when she grounded. She was refloated and lay at Barmouth for a while then Pwllheli (she was lying at the same bert where the GARIBALDI - above - lay. I saw her there.) After a few years at P'madoc she moved to Devon where she lies today. CLICK HERE for more information.
GLENDARRACH SS ? LONDON 15/3/1893 CAUSEWAY Wrecked. 800 tons cement.
GLENDOWER FRS ? USA 20/7/1845 PORTMADOC Wrecked on the Bar. Fifteen of the crew were rescued by pilot boat manned by the harbour master and three master mariners. The RNLI presented four silver medals to the pilot boat crew.
HAAB BQ ? OSLO 24/1/1884 CAUSEWAY Wrecked. L'pool to Valparaiso
HARKAWAY SCH ? CHESTER 14/10/1881 ABERERCH Wrecked
HELENA SMK ? ? 13/10/10 PORTMADOC Wrecked on the bar
HENRY BRG ? ? 29/4/1829 ST TUDWALS Lost in Porth Ceriad. Bound Whitehaven to Cardiff with iron ore. Capt Dixon
HENRY TURNER SCH ? PWLLHELI 5/10/1860 PORTMADOC Capt Hughes. In ballast from Malahide (Ireland) to P'madoc. Drifted ashore 1 mile north of Bar and broke up.
HOPEWELL ? ? PWLLHELI 6/1/1867 MORFA BYCHAN Driven ashore.
INDUSTRY SCH 1867 PORTMADOC? ? PORTMADOC Built Gloucester. 84t 79'x18.6'x9.1'. Owners J and S Jones. Captain William Evans. Cargo of slates. Drifted from Abersoch and lost on the Bar.

Following from Robert Carl Smith Industry (You have a vessel of this name but no date. The following may be the incident) sch. of Aberystwyth 72 tons. No crew aboard, parted cables off Abersoch in NNW force 10 and driven onto Porthmadog bar when bound P'madog to Cork with slates.
INDUSTRY OF TURKESTAN YCHT ? ? 1950 HARLECH Sank
INVERESK BQ ? ? Oct 1889 CAUSEWAY Passage Liverpool to Nova Scotia. Seen being driven under bare poles for the east end of the Causeway - wrecked?
IRIS YCHT ? CHESTER 15/10/10 CRICCIETH Sank
ISABEL SCH ? ? 18/9/1858 BARMOUTH Wrecked on the Bar
JAMES KTCH ? CARDIGAN 11/10/10 CRICCIETH Wrecked
JAMES & CAROLINE LB ? ? 13th Oct 1910 CRICCIETH
The lifeboat was thrown on the rocks in the east bay while attempting to launch. Allthough damaged she was relaunched. On nearing the casualty she went on her beam ends and three men were washed over the side but quickly rescued. The lifeboat struggled towards shore and safely beached near the mouth of the Dwyfor. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO
JANE ELLEN SCH 1863 PORTMADOC 14/10/1881 ABERERCH Built Portmadoc 78nrt. Owner W.Lloyd P'madoc. Wrecked at Abererch. Is this the same vessel in EH's list? Which says she was lost in an explosion on the Thames in 1887? If so, the above may have been a minor episode and the vessel salvaged.
JANE & ELLEN SCH ? BANGOR 11/11/1877 ABERSOCH Wrecked
JOHN ? ? ST MALO 1590 PWLLHELI Abandoned
JOHN EWING SCH ? ? 16/02/18 BARMOUTH Abandoned schooner. Towed in by Barmouth lifeboat.
JOHN GIBSON SCH ? FLEETWOOD 9/10/1896 ABERSOCH Wrecked
JOHN G WALTER SCH ? NOVA SCOTIA 09/03/18 CAUSEWAY Aground but refloated.
JOHNATHON & CAROLINE            
JOSEPH SLP ? PWLLHELI 1/10/1891 ABERSOCH Wrecked
JOSEPH NICHOLSON SCH 1868 NEFYN 1884? ST TUDWALS Date? But after 1884. Built at Nefyn by Rees Davies. 99grt. 81'x20.9'x10.6'. Owner and master David Davies. Lost after collision with WALTER URIC off St Tudwals Islands.
KENILWORTH ? ? LIVERPOOL 4/1/1870 CAUSEWAY Wrecked
KINGFISHER SS   NEW YORK 09/10/40 ABERSOCH Abandoned
KRAGERO BQ ? NORWAY 2/10/1895 CAUSEWAY Aground. SS.REBECCA of P'madog went to assist but was damaged and lost her own propellor. The owners claimed £300 for salvage but were awarded only £75.
LADY AMANDA YCHT ? ? Oct-93   In a strong wind and a rough sea, two persons were rescued off the yacht LADY AMANDA, by Criccieth IRB, aground on Porthmadog Bar. A Framed Letter of Thanks, signed by the RNLI's Chairman, was sent to helmsman William Walker-Jones. Letters of Appreciation were also sent to crew members Paul Filby, Nigel Roberts and Steven Williams.
LANCASTER FRS ? ? 14/3/1835 CAUSEWAY
CAPT Lethbridge. Bound Liverpool to Africa with generals.. Had been weatherbound at St Tudwals roads. She got underway and struck the western end of the Causeway. CLICK HERE for a full account from the "Caernarvon and Denbigh Herald".
LAURA GRIFFITH SCH 1865 ? Dec-09 PWLLHELI Built at Pwllheli by Edward Williams, 100grt, Capt Edward Hughes. In ballast. Lost off Pencilan Head Pwllheli.
LAURENCE SCH ? ? 26/2/1811 MORFA BYCHAN Cargo of hides and tallow from Buenas Aires to Liverpool. Stranded at Morfa Bychan. Crew and cargo saved but vessel broke up.
LANDULAS SCH ? LIVERPOOL 28-Dec-00 ABERSOCH Sank
LORD ELGIN BQ ? LIVERPOOL 15/2/1855 CAUSEWAY Abandoned off Causeway.
LUCY SCH ? PORTMADOC 31/1/1867 PORTMADOC Wrecked. Built at P'madog. Owner Roberts & Co.
MAGNET SCH ? SWANSEA 6/11/1855 PWLLHELI Driven ashore.
MAGNOLIA FRS ? YARMOUTH N.S 14/2/1886 CAUSEWAY Abandoned
MARGARET AND JANE SCH ? DUBLIN 13/12/1863 BARMOUTH Wrecked Barmouth Bar
MARGARETA SMK ? PORTMADOC 13/1/1843 ABERERCH Wrecked, Amlwch to Swansea with copper ore.Three ships, ELIZABETH, WATER LILLY and MARGARETA were sheltering in St Tudwal's Roads. Their anchors parted and all were wrecked on Abererch Beach.
MARGARETTA BRG ? SOUTH SHIELDS 22/10/1853 CAUSEWAY Wrecked on Causeway, went to pieces. Ten crew got off and rowed ashore in their own two boats.
MARIA SCH ? ABERYSTWYTH 23/11/1872 ABERSOCH Wrecked
MARIA. W MV ? HOLLAND 1961 PORTMADOC Small Dutch "schyit". Limped into P'madog after getting into trouble off South Stack. I remember the incident.
MARION SCH 1853 PORTMADOC 20/9/1885 CRICCIETH Built at Borth y Gest by William Griffiths. Owned by Owen & Co. 67 tons, 61.1'x17.0'x9.5'. Went ashore at Criccieth loaded with lime. Her master wept at the sight of her being knocked to pieces.
MARQUIS OF ANGLESEY SMK ? AMLWCH 30/1/1865 PWLLHELI Capt. Thomas. Cargo of coal. Driven onto beach near Gimlet Rock. Crew of 4 lost.
MARY CASSON SCH 1869 PORTMADOC Aug 1876 ST TUDWALS Aground then refloated.
MARY & ELIZABETH SCH ? PWLLHELI 14/1/1843 BARMOUTH Same storm as the EDWIN… Running back to St Tudwal's Roads for shelter but failed to anchor. Three men died of exhaustion. The cable parted and she blew across the bay and was wrecked at Dyffryn, north of Barmouth. The captain was rescued there.
MATILDA BRG ? ? 26/6/1853 PWLLHELI Wrecked. "Shipwrecks of North Wales" has her wrecked off South Stack Anglesey. All crew drowned.
MAY QUEEN FRS ? LIVERPOOL JAN 1868 BARMOUTH Wrecked. Cargo of sugar from Guyana.
MEDOC BQ ? BORDEAUX 19/11/1869 CAUSEWAY Struck Causeway but sank off Aberdovey. Cargo of sugar for Liverpool.
MILLOM CASTLE KTCH ? BARROW 1924/25 ABERSOCH Engine trouble.
MININGU ? ? CARDIFF Jan 18?? ? 1924 ton sailing ship lost. ("Porthmadog Ships" p 129 does not make clear which year). Captain Wright. The master, his wife, five children and 17 crew were drowned.
MOUSE SCH ? CARDIGAN 7/10/1896 ABERSOCH Wrecked
N.D. SCH ? ? 1924 BARMOUTH North West of Barmouth. 52 47'24"N, 04 19'40"W
NEPTUNE FRS ? ? 2/2/1825 BARMOUTH Sank. Edmund Lewis, a local man, rescued seven of the crew and received one of the first medals presented by the National Institute for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck.
NORAH SMK ? PWLLHELI 11th Jan 1922 PWLLHELI Sank
Not Known SCH ? HANOVER 2/1/1863 CAUSEWAY Struck Causeway and sank in deep water. Cargo of nuts and 47 bales of cotton from Lagos to Liverpool. Crew of 7 saved in own boat.
Not Known ? ? ? 12/10/1871 CAUSEWAY Struck Causeway and broke up. Cargo of cotton.
NOTRE DAME DE BOULOGNE KTCH ? FRANCE 14th Sept 1924 CAUSEWAY Wrecked on the Causeway.
OBERON BQ ? LIVERPOOL 1/4/1860 CAUSEWAY Outward bound from Liverpool. Struck Causeway. Beached at Llandwnog near Harlech
OMNIBUS ? ? ? 2/2/1869 ST TUDWALS Captain Rees. Cargo of slates for London. Lost near St Tudwals on half tide rock.
OWEN MORRIS 3SCH 1891 PORTMADOC Dec-07 CRICCIETH
Three masted schooner. Built P'madog by David Jones. 167grt, 102.2'x23.9'x12.1'. Capt Roberts. Genoa to P'madog in ballast. Wrecked at Black Rock. Crew rescued by Criccieth lifeboat. My Grandfather and Gt Uncle were members of the lifeboat crew. In March 1990 storms scoured out the cave and some remains came to view. A wooden beam in the "Prince of Wales" pub in Criccieth is supposedly from this wreck. For full account of the incident CLICK HERE.
PEARL ? ? GLOUCESTER 24TH Dec 1925 PWLLHELI Abandoned
PETER VARKEVISSER KTCH ? MILFORD 13/1/1895 ST TUDWALS Sank. (wrecked Beachy Head according to BB)
PLUVIER SCH ? ABERYSTWYTH 15th March 1905 ST TUDWALS Collision. (Wrecked off Cork "Porthmadog Ships")
PLYNLYMON SS ? LIVERPOOL 9/3/1858 CAUSEWAY Aground
POLTALLACH 4BQ 1893 VICTORIA B.C. 3rd Jan 1916 CAUSEWAY Wrecked while under tow from Queenstown (now Cobh) to Leith. Four masted barque. 2254grt, 2139nrt, 86.6mx12.8mx7.41m. Built at Belfast by Workman Clark and Co for Potter Bros of London. At time of loss was owned by Eschen and Minor, Victoria B.C. Canada. This is probably the wreck my father remembered as a boy. The beach behind the jetty in Criccieth was covered with wreckage - masts, spars etc.
PRIDE OF THE SEA FRS ? BALTIMORE 9/12/1854 CAUSEWAY ".......the Baltimore clipper PRIDE OF THE SEA slammed into St Patrick's Causeway on the 9th December 1854. Racing from New Orleans to Liverpool with a cargo of cotton, Captain Harp mistook Bardsey light for the East coast of Ireland and was under full canvas when his fineship shuddered to a halt three miles offshore. Meanwhile the Liverpool ship CULLODEN, heading for home with a cargo of Canadian timber, had been following the clipper and also hit the Causeway, at the southern end. The crew abandoned ship and arrived at Barmouth in their own boats to give the first news of the wreck. Later that night Capt Harp reboarded the PRIDE OF THE SEA to inspect the damage and take off food and blankets for his shipwrecked crew of thirty six ashore at Barmouth. Next morning the clipper was seen to be on fire and she continued to burn for 48 hrs before her hull collapsed. The above account is from ""Shipwrecks of North Wales"" by Ivor Wynne Jones. ". Click here for account of the service by Criccieth and barmouth lifeboats.
PROGRESS ? ? ? 1928 PWLLHELI Sank 005deg x 1.7' from Gimlet Rock
PROSPERITY DY 1850 PORTMADOC 25/2/1873 ST TUDWALS A "dandy" built at P'madog. Owned by Jones & Co. Wrecked at St Tudwals. According to EH's list she was salvaged and rebuilt.
PROSPERITY KTCH/SMK? 1850? CAERNARVON 14th Dec 1909 ABERSOCH Possibly built at P'madog, 41nrt, and rebuilt as a schooner in 1878. Wrecked. Owners Henry Hughes of Caernarfon?
RAMBLER BRG ? ? 14/11/1810 CAUSEWAY Wrecked. Capt Thomas Drummond. Cargo of cotton from New York to Liverpool
RARE PLANT SCH ? PADSTOW 8/10/1896 ABERSOCH Sank
RICHARD & HENRY SMK ? CAERNARVON 1869 PWLLHELI Sank
REINDEER SCH 1871 CAERNARVON 20/10/1874 ST TUDWALS Built at Nefyn. 75grt. Cargo of slates for Coles of London. Foundered - Bardsey bearing NNW x 10'. Crew landed in own boat in 30 mins.
RIO NEGRO SS ? LONDON 12th Jan 1920 BARMOUTH Broke down.
RYERSON FRS ? YARMOUTH N.S 1/6/1874 CAUSEWAY Aground
SAM SLICK SCH ? PLYMOUTH DEC 1886 PWLLHELI Padstow owned. On passage from Fleetwood to Swansea with a cargo of pitch. Driven ashore in Force 11.
ST GEORGE BRG ? ? 14/10/1881 ABERERCH Wrecked
ST TUDWAL'S FERRY ? ? ? 1887 ST TUDWALS Wrecked
SCOUT SMK ? ? 17th OCT 1934 PORTMADOC Wrecked on the Bar
SEAMAN KTCH ? BEAUMARIS 2nd FEB 1903 ABERSOCH Sank
SEDELOUS (ZEDULOUS) SCH 1849 PORTMADOC 3/1/1882 PORTMADOC Built at Nefyn by R.Thomas 74tons. Owned by Hugh Roberts of Borth y Gest. This is a well known wreck and wreckage was still visible after 50 years. The SEDULOUS had 20 tons of dynamite for P'madog. She also had a load of iron (copper?) ore for? Whitehaven. She picked her pilot up at St Tudwals and proceeded inwards expecting to meet the steam tug at the Bar. The tug was busy elsewhere so the master decided to carry on as the wind was favourable. Unfortunately the wind died and the vessel was swept back by the ebb tide onto the Bar. She broke up but one of the masts was gripped by the iron ore and remained visible for years.
SEVEN BROTHERS SCH 1867 BEAUMARIS 16th JAN 1905 ABERSOCH Built at Llansanffraid 53 nrt. Owner Richard Thomas Caernarfon. Sank
SIERRA MIRANDA FRS ? ? 3/1/1894 CAUSEWAY Ran aground
SIX BROTHERS SCH 1841 PORTMADOC 6/1/1867 PORTMADOC Built at P'madog by Evan Evans. 76 nrt. Masters - John Owen Morris Borth y Gest/Williams. Owner Williams. Wrecked on Ynys Cyngar. Wreckage could still be seen at low tide in the 1940's
SNAEFELL SCH ? RAMSEY 15th OCT 1902 PWLLHELI Abandoned. (wrecked off Denmark according to "Porthmadog Ships")
SNOWDON KTCH ? CAERNARVON 20th FEB 1910 ABERSOCH Sank
SOBRAON BQ ? LIVERPOOL 24/1/1860 ? Ran aground in heavy seas, probably refloated
SOUTHWARK SS ? BARROW 26tH FEB 1923 ABERSOCH Wrecked. Cargo of pig iron.
SPANKER BQ 1860 GLASGOW 7/2/1885 HARLECH
Built at Dumbarton 477 grt. Owner and Master R.Whitehall. Bound Jamaica to Liverpool with cargo of logwood. Driven ashore at Morfa Harlech. Seven recued by Criccieth lifeboat, four drowned including Captain, steward, bosun and carpenter. …. CLICK HERE for full account.
SURPASS SCH ? CORK 17/6/1876 PORTMADOC 129 nrt. In ballast for P'madog. Wrecked on sands near harbour.Crew got off in own boat.
SWALLOW SLP ? PWLLHELI 1863 ABERSOCH Wrecked
SYREN KTCH ? BEAUMARIS 8th MARCH 1908 PWLLHELI Sank
TAL Y BONT ? 17th C ? ? BARMOUTH Lat 52 46'42"N Long 04 07'30"W. The wreck of an armed ship carrying massive blocks of marble, possibly dating to the late 17th C, was found by divers in the summer of 1978. The wreck is also known as the "Bronze Bell Wreck" as a bell dated 1677 was found at the site. This site is designated a "Historic Wreck" under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973
TAMERLANE BQ ? LIVERPOOL OCT 1846 MORFA BYCHAN
600 TONS,Stranded but salvaged by John Evans of Aberystwyth. She then sailed from that port with emigrants to Canada and was lost on her next voyage. CLICK HERE to see newspaper article about the incident.
TELEPHONE SS ? ? ? ? Dragged anchors and went aground. Well known local coaster. CLICK here to see a drawing of her.
TURKESTAN FRS ? LIVERPOOL 18/2/1876 HARLECH 1417 nrt. Capt. J.Brown new York to Liverpool with generals. Wrecked near Harlech castle.
TWO BROTHERS SMK ? PWLLHELI 10th OCT 1903 PWLLHELI Wrecked
TWO BROTHERS SCH ? NEFYN 16th MARCH 1907 ABERSOCH Wrecked
UNITY SCH ? BEAUMARIS 14th Dec 1909 PENRHYN DDU Collision
VA SANS PEUR FISH ? BRITTANY 25th MAR 1948 CAUSEWAY? Ran aground then refloated.
VENUS SMK ? ? 13th OCT 1910 PORTMADOC Ran aground
VICTORIA SCH ? BARNSTABLE JAN 1843 CAUSEWAY Struck Causeway then wrecked near Barmouth. All crew drowned.
WAPELLA BQ ? BATH U.S.A 24/1/1868 CAUSEWAY Struck the Causeway then wrecked near Llandwywe? (The following taken from a letter to the gwynedd Family History Society from Mr D.G.Roberts of Blaenau Ffestiniog)…….From the Reg. Burials Llandwywe Meirioneth……" On the night of 24th jan 1868, a barque, the WAPELL OF BATH, in America, having missed her course struck the causeway and came ashore about 12 o'clock at night........... She would have been nearly dry at 2 or 3o'clock but at 9 o'clock A.M., the crew 15 in number attempted to land in boats, but these were upset at once. Eleven in all were drowned and four were saved..............The vessel held out for a full week before she broke up. All might have been saved had they remained on board.........The ship came from New Orleans with cotton............. Isac Lincoln Orr, captain, drowned from the Wapella of Bath, America and found on the shore on the 5th Feb 1868. Age not known........The body of Captain Orr was disinterred and sent to America 25th Jan 1870"
WATER LILLY SCH ? ABERYSTWYTH 13/1/1843 ABERERCH Ballast? From Liverpool. Three ships, ELIZABETH, WATER LILLY and MARGARETA were sheltering in St Tudwal's Roads. Their anchors parted and all were wrecked on Abererch Beach.
WATER LILLY SCH ? BARNSTABLE 6th DEC 1914 ABERSOCH Sank
WILLIAM SCH 1838 PORTMADOC 12/5/1868 ABERSOCH Built P'madog by Francis Roberts. 87 grt, 66.6'x19.6'x10.9'. Stranded at Abersoch. All books say she was wrecked but I have documents that show she was salvaged and repaired and was still trading in 1881. Capt. John Cadwalader Jones.
WILLIAM KEITH SCH 1859 CAERNARVON 16/10/1860 BARMOUTH Built Portdinorwic by Jones. 99 grt, 79.5x22.2'x10.7'. Capt Jones of Barmouth. Aground but refloated.
WILLIAMS SMK 1840 PWLLHELI 2/8/1881 CRICCIETH Built at Morfa Bychan 28 tons, 41.4'x13.4'x7.3'. Owner Morris and Co, Portmadg. Wrecked at Criccieth. Known localy as "Williams Bach"
WINIFREDA SMK ? PWLLHELI 3rd OCT 1917 PWLLHELI Sank
ZEBULON BQ ? LIVERPOOL 12/9/1835 CAUSEWAY Grounded. Bound Quebec to Liverpool. Refloated on the next tide and resumed voyage.
ZIRCON YCHT ? ? 1977 PORTMADOC Thanks of the RNLI, inscribed on vellum, were presented to James Owen, Kenneth Roberts and Robert Williams of the Criccieth Inshore Rescue Boat in recognition for their service to the yacht ZIRCON aground on Porthmadog Bar.



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