Lloyd's List has been published since the 1730s though the earliest surviving examples date from about 1740. It is fascinating to read the reports, sent in by Lloyd's agents around the coast of Wales.

Here are the reports from the storm which struck the coast on 12 October 1870.

Cardiff 12 October -    steamer ELY, Portishead to Ilfracombe, went ashore on Flat Holm last evening. She has been towed off and brought in here. The crew and passengers all safe.   

                                  -  the brig WELCOME HOME, of Plymouth, Draper master, foundered off Ilfracombe this morning. She was bound from Newport to Plymouth with coal. Her crew landed here by a pilot boat.


Swansea 13 October - A heavy south-west gale blew last night. The CORINNA, bound from Porthcawl for Valparaiso with coal, ashore in the bay and full of water. (Later: she was got off and into the docks on 8 November)

                                       -  The schooner JOSEPH et MARIE, from Carloforte is sunk at the harbour entrance. Crew saved. (Later: got into dock after discharging 60 tons of zinc ore)

                                       - BRIGAND, of Faversham, sank at Mumbles after colliding with another vessel.


Milford 13 October -  ALICE, of Pwllheli, Cardiff to Port Madoc with coal, parted her chains last evening and drove ashore under Milford church where her crew scuttled her to prevent further damage.


St Davids 12 October -  The smack TRANSIT, of Cardigan, went ashore and sank in Ramsey Sound during a violent WSW gale. Her crew taken off the wreck this morning by the lifeboat Augusta.

Barmouth 13 October -     The barque  FIGARO, bound from Taganrog to Queenstown with linseed meal, is on St Patrick's Causeway. The master and boy drowned.