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Unnamed Wreck

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Map ReferenceSC51SW
Grid ReferenceSC5332314640
Unitary (Local) AuthorityMaritime
Old CountyMaritime
Type Of SiteWRECK
PeriodPost Medieval
The wreck of this wooden sailing vessel lies virtually level with the seabed. The upper timbers of the hull have eroded leaving a cargo of pottery, earthenware jars, bottles to spoil out onto the seabed. The wreck lies with its keel orientated 135/315 degrees. The salvage rights to the wreck have been purchased and finds recovered include brass plates marked with 'J & J Whitehouse, Victoria, Tipton, patented 15 September 1865'; cast-iron irons marked with date 1863; and copper disks marked 'Newton Keates & Co, Liverpool'. Other artefacts recovered and reported to the Receiver of Wreck include 33 bowls, 1 chamber pot, 1 bedpan, 1 cup, 1 teapot and an earthenware jug.

Event and Historical Information:
The wreck was located by HMS FAWN in August 1987. A Department of Transport Enquiry into ownership in 1991 identified the vessel as possibly being the PACIFIC, which left Liverpool on 23 January 1856 and was never heard of again. The dates of the finds suggest that this identity is unlikely to be correct.

Sources include:
Receiver of Wreck Droits database 2007, RCIM6/2/5 also letter and printout March 2001, RCIM6/2/5/1
UK Hydrographic Office Wrecks and Obstructions Database. ? Crown Copyright and database rights. Reproduced by permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office and the UK Hydrographic Office (

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, September 2008.