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The old wreck Charles Holmes sank after hitting a submerged rock and supposedly still has a chest of gold waiting on the ocean floor.
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The Charles Holmes is a sailing vessel of 886 tons, sinking in 1859 off Porth Dwgan, north out of Aberbach Beach. She hit a rock in a terrible storm and spread her cargo northwards towards Carreg Dandy, where she scattered thousands of pieces of pottery. Some of them that were found carry the mark of Morley & Ashworth dated as early as 1858-1862. The bodies of the crew were washed ashore and were buried in the local church yard. She was also carrying a chest full of gold, which might have been taken off or lost with the wreck. A find waiting for someone! The pottery pieces are still being picked up today, but not much of the wreck is still to be seen as she is spread far apart.
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