A Scene of the Wreck of the "Royal Charter". on the Coast of Anglesey near Moelfra, on the Morning of the 26th. Oct 1859, when 500 persons perished.
Very rare Lithograph. 331 x 375mm. 13 x 14¾". Cut.
The Royal Charter Storm of 1859 was considered to be the most severe storms to hit the British Isles in the 19th century, and it took its name from this steam clipper, the Royal Charter. She was returning to Liverpool from Melbourne when the storm reached hurricane force 12, forcing the crew to anchor twice, after the first one snapped, and to cut the masts, but despite all their efforts, the wind pushed her onto a sandbank, but in the morning of the 26th the rising tide drove her on to the rocks at a point just north of Moelfre on the north coast of Anglesey, where she was whipped by winds of over 100mph.
[Ref: 18304] £290.00