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.
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