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Museum prepares to show underwater footage of 1859 Royal Charter shipwreck

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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 10:21 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

From next month, visitors to Chester Grosvenor Museum will be able to view underwater video footage of one of Wales' most notable shipwrecks.

On 26 October 1859, a steam clipper called Royal Charter, was returning from Melbourne to Liverpool. Laden with gold, the vessel was battered by a force 12 hurricane and smashed onto rocks off Moelfre, Anglesey. A total of 459 passengers and crew subsequently perished with only 21 passengers and 18 crew surviving the destruction.

Diver Chris Holden, treasurer of the British Sub-Aqua Club's Chester branch, will show the film at the Chester Grosvenor Museum on 25 October as part of a lecture to mark the 152nd anniversary of the maritime tragedy.

Along with the unseen footage, it will be the first opportunity for many people to see artefacts from the wreck.

Read more about this story on the BBC Wales News website.

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