The true story of a Treasure ship wrecked on Anglesey
Chris and Lesley Holden
288 pages in colour
On offer at £12-00 (inc P&P)
The Royal Charter - a total wreck at Moelfre.
The Royal Charter was carrying 79,000 ounces of gold and over 500 passengers and crew when she was wrecked on the coast of Anglesey in October 1859.
But how and why was the Royal Charter wrecked?
What were the repercussions of the tragedy?
Chris first dived the Royal Charter in 1982, and has been fascinated by it ever since. Having collected many snippets of information over the years about the ship, and having written about it in his diving books, he realised just how much there was left to tell.
These and other questions we attempt to answer in out book "Life and Death on the Royal Charter". We trace the gold-rush in Australia, the development of iron-built steamships, and the launch of the Royal Charter at Sandycroft, Flintshire; her connection with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Britain and the Great Eastern; her first voyage with the Reverend William Scoresby on board, who was analysing the effects that an iron ship had on her compasses; her subsequent voyages to and from Australia, to the time of her catastrophic wrecking, and the terrible loss of life that ensued.
We then follow the story of the aftermath of the wreck, the retrieval and burial of the bodies, the inquest and inquiry, and the recovery of the gold. But the story does not end there, as we investigate the legislation that followed as a consequence of the sinking, and give a diver's eye view of the wreck today.
Much has been written about the Royal Charter, but we have used the newspaper reports of the time as being the most accurate accounts available of the official findings, and of the mood of the times.