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© Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 0100022206

NPRN 271570

Map Reference SH36SE

Grid Reference SH3817864847

Unitary (Local) Authority Maritime

Old County Maritime

Community Maritime

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Post Medieval

Site Description The remains of the vessel are reported to be occasionally uncovered by shifting sands of Maltraeth beach, 1 mile to the north of Llanddwyn.

Event and Historical Information:
The ATHENA was a 369gt wooden brig built in 1840. At time of loss on 20 December 1852, the vessel was owned by R & G Benn and registered at Candia (Heraklion, Crete). It was carrying a cargo of beans from Alexandria to Liverpool when it stranded on Maltraeth Sands, 1 mile north of Llanddwyn. The Llanddwyn lifeboat was pulled by a team of horses over the Newborough sand dunes so that it could be launched nearer the wreck. Fourteen crewmembers were subsequently rescued. Part of the cargo (much damaged) was recovered, as well as sails and other materials (not the anchors and chains) before the wreck broke up.

Sources include:
Admiralty Wreck Return 1852 pg209 (211)
Gater, D, 1992, Historic Shipwrecks of Wales, pg51-2
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Lloyds List, 27 December 1852, issue number 12093
Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping, 1 July 1852 - 30 June 1852, number 845 in A
Wynne-Jones, I, 2001, Shipwrecks of North Wales, 4 ed, pg49

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, March 2010.