Wreck of the  STORM-AWAY  on Sarn-y-Bwch

20 September 1854

 

The ship STORM-AWAY 679 tons of Boston U.S.A. was bound from St John's, New Brunswick for Dublin with a cargo of timber under the command of Capt Jordan. She had put into Queenstown and sailed from there on 19 September. That evening she was caught in a force 7 WNW wind and stranded on Sarn-y-Bwch a reef which runs out from the coast about six miles to the north of Aberdyfi.

The vessel dragged her anchors about three cable lengths along the reef wrecking her keel and losing her rudder. At low water she was almost dry.

Her crew got ashore safely.

There was no chance of saving the ship but salvage of her cargo was begun immediately.

Then on the evening of 30 September one of the boats which was taking the ship's rigging and other materials ashore ran into the breakers to the north of the mouth of the river Dysynni near Tywyn. The boat capsized drowning five members of her crew. Another boat rescued the other nine members.

Some of the cargo was taken ashore in boats while many of the timbers were thrown over the side to drift ashore. Two officers of the customs at Aberdyfi built a hut of the deals and there made a record of everything salvaged. Local man Owen Owens was employed as watchman for 14 days at three shillings per day - the usual payment being half a crown per day. The Board of Customs told the Collector at Aberdyfi to surcharge himself the extra six pence per day! But he maintained that there was no alternative as no one else was available and if Owens had not been employed the timber would have been stolen.

The cargo was auctioned on 17 November.

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Freeman's Journal, Dublin 25 October 1854

 

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 The Welshman  10 November 1854