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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Memorial to victims of shipwreck

Summary

Type Marker

     Unmoulded stone with chamfered top on granite base. Inscription in recessed panel on front of stone. Set on concrete surround within iron railings. Overlooks Red Wharf Bay.
          The steam clipper 'The Royal Charter' sailed from Melbourne, Australia, bound for Liverpool on 26 August 1859 with 324 passenters and a crew of 103. The ship hit rocks off the coast of Anglesey during a storm on 26 October with the loss of over 400 lives.

Inscriptions

Incised on smooth stone in recessed panel on front face: THIS MEMORIAL STONE / COMMEMORATES / THE LOSS / OF THE STEAM CLIPPER / ROYAL CHARTER / WHICH WAS WRECKED / ON THE ROCKS NEARBY / DURING THE HURRICANE / OF 26 OCTOBER 1859 / WHEN OVER 400 PERSONS / PERISHED / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 1905 (NB 1905 may be 1935. Number is very worn)

Related works : Memorial in nearby Llanallgo Churchyard to victims of shipwreck. Obelisk. Charles Dickens helped to raise money for memorial. Story of his trip to parish following shipwreck in the first chapter of his book 'The Uncommercial Traveller'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Stone Stone 136cm high x 90cm wide (at base) x 50cm deep
Base Granite 29cm high x 153cm wide x 112cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
ANGLESEY004 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road On coast path. Road to village A5108
Precise location Short walk northwards along coast path from village
A-Z ref None
OS ref SH512868
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1905
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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