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© Copyright and database right 2020. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 0100022206

NPRN 271368

Map Reference SH97NW

Grid Reference SH9360778684

Unitary (Local) Authority Conwy

Old County Denbighshire

Community Abergele

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Archaeological remains associated with the loss of this vessel are not confirmed as present at this location, but may be in the vicinity.

Event and Historical Information:
The ENDEAVOUR was a wooden sloop built at Chester in 1817. Technical and configuration specifications are given as 35 tons burthen; 45ft length x 13.5ft breadth x 8ft depth in hold; 1 deck, 1 mast; sloop rigged with a running bowsprit, is square sterned, carvel built, framework and planking of wood. At time of loss, the sloop was owned by David Jenkins of Holyhead, mariner and the sloop's master (44 shares); Owen Griffith of Tremadog, farmer (4 shares); William Owen of Holyhead, timber merchant (4 shares); and Thomas Ellis of Holyhead, sailmaker (4 shares). The sloop was carrying a cargo of cast iron ingots from Glasgow to Saltney whee it was caught in a northerly force 10 gale on 3 October 1854. It was blown ashore near Abergele and the crew were rescued by the Rhyl lifeboat. A letter slipped into sloop's Port of Beaumaris register entry page reads - 'This is to certify that my vessel the Endeavour of Holyhead port of Beaumaris was wrecked on 4 October 1854 near Abergelly, afterwards completely broken up. Certifcate of registry herewith annexed to be cancelled. Witness by my hand David Jenkins late master and owner 23 January 1856'.

Sources include:
Admiralty Wreck Return 1854 pg71 (431)
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Port of Beaumaris Shipping Register 1845 - 1855, Gwynedd Archive Service Caernarfvon XSR 9, 8 in 1852

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, January 2013.

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