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Site Details

NPRN 272891

Map Reference SM72NW

Grid Reference SM7310427085

Unitary (Local) Authority Maritime

Old County Maritime

Community Maritime

Type of Site WRECK

Broad Class MARITIME

Period Post Medieval

Site Description 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 ALADDIN or MLADEN was a wooden brig or large schooner (possible Austrian, sources differ) carrying a cargo of wheat. It ran ashore and became stranded in Whitesands Bay on 5 November 1850. Hundred of local people agtherd on the beach to assist with the rescue. The crew of 12 were all saved, and made comfortable at a local farmhouse Ty Gwyn before being moved to the Commercial Inn. Carts where used to rescue some the cargo of wheat, which was carried to local farms to be washed and kiln dried. Much was later sold for cattle feed. The vessel itself became a total wreck and broke up.

Sources include:
Board of Trade Harbours of Refuge Enquiries 1850 pg120 (562)
Davies, Peter, St David's Historical Society, pers com, 5 March 2014
Larn and Larn Shipwreck Database 2002
Marks, Peter, St Davids Five Centuries of Visitors, Cathedral Library Exhibition Summer 2003
Pembrokeshire Herald General Advertiser, 8 November 1850, pg2, col 5

Maritime Officer, RCAHMW, February 2014.

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