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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

ALADDIN Makes Special Reappearance

Pembrokeshire Herald General Advertiser, 8 November 1850, pg2, col 5  - available to view online from the National Library of Wales, Welsh Newspapers Online,

Peter Crane, archaeologist for the Pembrokeshire National Park, has been in touch about a wreck reported by local people on the beach at Whitesands Bay, near St Davids. A check of the maritime record of the National Monuments Record of Wales, and a quick site visit to confirm the size of the timbers, suggests that the remains may be that of the ALADDIN.

Is it a wreck? Local families are enjoying having this new feature on their favourite beach.
The ALADDIN was a wooden brig or large schooner built in 1842. It was carrying a cargo of wheat when it ran ashore and became stranded in Whitesands Bay on 5 November 1850. The crew of 12 were all saved, but the vessel itself became a total wreck (NPRN 272891).

The wreck is proving to be of great interest to local people.

The tops of what is believed to be the forepart of the vessel are now showing above the sand.

Also visible on the beach at the moment are the massive fallen timbers of an ancient forest and their associated peat deposits, dating to some 5500- 4500 years ago (NPRN 524782).

Fallen trees and small expanses of peat and tree roots in amongst the large beach cobbles.
Volunteers participating in the Cadw-funded Arfordir project are busy all around the coast recording sites, which have appeared or been impacted by the recent storms.

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