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The Tragedy of the Royal Charter


by Alexander McKee


The effects of the hurricane of October 1849 were to shock the nation. 133 ships were sunk, 90 were badly damaged and almost 800 people lost their lives.

More than half of those that perished were on one ship - The Royal Charter.

After two months at sea voyaging more than 12,000 miles from the Australian goldfields, disaster struck off Anglesey when she was just hours away from her home port of Liverpool.

Her story too is one of incredible bad luck…had she come to grief just yards away from the unforgiving rocks that destroyed her she would have grounded upon a stony beach where it is likely that most of those aboard would have been able to walk off.

Many of her passengers were returning home with the fruits of their labours - GOLD!

The worst shipwreck in Welsh history, this is the story of the Royal Charter...and her gold.

Includes many colour and mono photographs


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ISBN   978 1 902964  02  7

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