The brig  KENT  wrecked at TENBY

November 1830


The KENT  was owned by Sir John Tobin of Liverpool. A brig of 416 tons she worked in the trade to West Africa. Her master had died on the African coast which was often known as "The white man's grave". Another man took over and he too died. The vessel left under the command of Capt Johnston.

On 25 November 1830 the KENT  arrived off Milford Haven bound to Liverpool from Old Calabar and Fernando Po with a cargo of 1,400 casks of palm oil, 74 elephant tusks and 700 pieces of timber called redwood. The vessel had lost her main mast and was taken up to Caldey Roads to seek shelter.

On the 26th a strong ESE gale drove the brig ashore on the South Sand at Tenby and she broke up very quickly. The tide was dropping and the crew were able to get ashore.

About half of the tusks and most of the palm oil and timber were saved and shipped to Liverpool aboard the 200 ton steamer Lee of the Cork and Liverpool Steam Navigation Co. 150 tons of palm oil were put up for sale at Tobin's warehouse in Liverpool on Thursday 23 December.