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Helvetia Ship Wreck - Rhossili Bay Silhouette @ Sunset

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Location: Rhossili Bay, The Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Date of Photograph: pm 16 May 2012

On 1st November 1887, after a month of storms that occasioned many losses, the Norwegian oak-built barque “Helvetia” grounded upon the Helwick Bank near Mumbles off the coast of South Wales.

Registered at Horten, it was inbound to Swansea with five hundred tons of timber from Campbelton, New Brunswick.

The ship struggled free of the sandbank, only to round Worms Head and become embayed. The master dropped anchor and was taken ashore by the Coastguard. The crew stayed aboard to deter looters. Unfortunately, the wind changed direction dislodging the anchor and the ship drifted shoreward. The captain appeared and ordered the crew to abandon ship. The “Helvetia” drove ashore with no casualties.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 May 2012 - 8:39 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:2sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Helvetia Ship Wreck - Rhossili Bay Silhouette @ Sunset
Username:urdygurdy urdygurdy
Uploaded:18 May 2012 - 4:59 PM
Tags:Glamorgan, Gower peninsula, Helvetia, Landscape / travel, Rhossili bay, Ship wreck, Silhouette, Sunset
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