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UNNAMED WRECK (FOSIL?) ON THE WARREN BEACH, ABERSOCH

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NPRN 418877

Map Reference SH32NW

Grid Reference SH32432989

Unitary (Local) Authority Gwynedd

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Llanengan

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Post Medieval

Site Description 1. The remains of the lower portion of a wooden vessel measuring some 19.5m (64-68ft) in length and 5.4m in breadth. The keel lies orientated approximately 070/250 degrees (ENE/WSW) and is aligned with the beach. The bow is to the east-northeast. The remains comprises bow and stern, keel and broken keelson, floor timbers and first futtocks encased in interior ceiling planking (pine?) and exterior carvel planking. The stempost appears to not be insitu but may be represented by a timber with breaks the surface of the sand slightly to the northeast of the bow. Similarly, the sternpost is likely to be presented by an upright timber to the west-southwest. The wreck lies on its starboard side. Sections of planking have collapsed outwards on the port side. The starboard side remains buried, and hence is likely to have more structural coherence. The hull is fastened with wooden treenails. A planking repair on the starboard side near the stern features a large copper fastening. Interspersed between the hull timbers, lying on the surface within the wrecks and to the southwest of the stern are broken slates (cargo). Lying alongside the starboard run of planking is a large deck windlass. The lack of barnacle growth on the timbers confirms recent and not frequent exposure.

Source include:
field visit, Maritime Officer, 7 May 2013

WWW resources:
Exposure of wreck in 2009:
http://www.cimwch.com/blwyddyn%202009/seaman.jpg
Identity of FOSIL, lost in 1889, suggested:
http://www.rhiw.com/y_mor/shipwrecks/llyn_shipwrecks/llyn_e.htm

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, May 2013.

2. Monitoring visit to the wreck by CHERISH Project on 26th April 2018 at a 0.9m low tide where the outline of the vessel was revealed well above the low water mark. The vessel was besanded so that only 0.32m of the bow timbers were protruding above the sand, and 0.3m of the stern timbers. Nonetheless the outline of the vessel was clear with several sections of timber and planking exposed around the perimeter. The outline of the vessel was recorded with GNSS and photogrammetry to gather baseline data, and a beach profile at the location was also recorded.

Visit by L. Barker, T. Driver, D. Hunt for the CHERISH Project, 26th April 2018. © Crown: CHERISH PROJECT 2017. Produced with EU funds through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme 2014-2020. All material made freely available through the Open Government Licence.

3. Monitoring visit to the wreck by the CHERISH Project at a 0.1m low tide on 11th Sept 2018 showed that, while nearby peats had become besanded, slightly more of the hulk was revealed than in the previous visit nearly 5 months before; the timbers stood 0.25-0.3m above the sand but were scoured out on the northern side revealing side planking of the vessel while the prow timbers stood exposed 0.45m above the sand.

A previously unrecorded hulk was recorded approximately 150m east of the presumed FOSIL, closer to the low water mark.

Visit by T. Driver and D. Hunt for the CHERISH Project, 26th April 2018. © Crown: CHERISH PROJECT 2018. Produced with EU funds through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme 2014-2020. All material made freely available through the Open Government Licence.

4. Local author Elfed Gruffydd notes: “There is a record of a ship named the Maria being grounded here in 1872. There were also remains of 2 ships here – the Seaman and the Fossil, but former was moved from the site by a tractor.”

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