North West Storm 22-23 November 1877

This storm blew at force 9 to 10 on the 22 and 23 of November 1877. Four vessels, each with cargoes of coal were wrecked on the coast of north Wales.

The smack United Friends, of Liverpool, had just arrived off Trefadog, Anglesey, with coal for Llanfaethlu, when she was driven ashore and wrecked. Her crew of three survived.

The shooner James Carthy, also of Liverpool, was bound for Bahia, Brazil, when she was struck by the storm and ran for Holyhead harbour only to be wrecked at Penrhos. Her crew also survived.

The Frederick Eugene, of Portland USA, was bound from Troon for Cuba when caught in the storm and driven into Caernarfon Bay. Unable to find shleter she was wrecked on the banks between Llanddwyn and Caernarfon with the loss of two of her crew.

The Sunderland barque Witness had also left Troon with coal but was bound for Demerara. She was also driven into Caernarfon Bay and wrecked at Aberdesach, near Clynnog on the Llyn peninsula. The coal saved from the wreck was sold on the beach on 6 December. The hull and materials of the vessel were sold by auction on 21 January 1878.



This advert is from the Welsh language newspaper Y Genedl Gymreig of 17 January 1878. 

I have no knowledge of Welsh (one lesson per week at primary school taught me nothing, and we did not have any lessons at Bishop Gore School in Swansea). However by using a dictionary I have got the gist of it.

To Craftsmen and Farmers

John Davies has received instructions to sell by auction at Clynnog on 21 January 1878 the wooden wreck of the Witness of Sunderland consisting of oak and greenheart timbers.

Many of the words I am unable to translate.