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Map ReferenceSN04SW
Grid ReferenceSN0039341257
Unitary (Local) AuthorityPembrokeshire
Old CountyPembrokeshire
CommunityDinas Cross
Type Of SiteWRECK
PeriodPost Medieval
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 MATHILDIS was a wooden schooner built and completed at New Quay in June 1842. Technical and configuration specifications are given as 96 tons burthen; 68ft length x 18.5ft breadth x 10ft depth in hold; 1 deck, 2 masts, standig bowspirt, square stern, carvel built, woman's bust figurehead, offical number 13144. Lloyds Register notes that the schooner had had part of a new deck in 1847 and another part in 1857, plus some repairs in 1852. It was registered at the port of Cardigan (14 in 1842). The schooner was a victim of the hurricane of 25-26 October 1859 which later became known as the Royal Charter gale. The schooner was owned by consortium - the principal shareholder being Jenkin Phillips (18 shares) with the remaining shareholders being drawn primarily from Newquay. It was carrying a cargo of culm with six crewmembers onboard, including captain Joshua Jones, his stepson, and Owen Davies from Fron-wig. It was wrecked on Dinas Head.

Sources include:
Board of Trade Harbours of Refuge Inquiries 1859 pg121 (563)
Board of Trade Wreck Return 1859 Table 19 pg26 (529), House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online, document 2623, pg26
Campbell-Jones, S, 1974, Shipbuilding at New Quay 1779-1878, Journal of the Ceredigion Antiquarian Society, pg302
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping, 1 July 1859 - 30 June 1860, 631 in M
Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping, 1 July 1856 - 30 June 1857, 644 in M
Passmore, S, 1982, Farmers and Figureheads: The Port of New Quay and its Hinterland, pg69
Pembrokeshire Herald 11 November 1859, Welsh Newspapers Online
Port of Cardigan Shipping Register 1837 - 1850, Pembrokeshire Record Office T/SHIP/1/4, folio 183

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, January 2013.