'To All At Sea' Painting Installation History
Following the award winning painting installation, 'High and Low' in 2016, the team behind this project are working together again on bringing a theatrical and engaging painting installation to Anglesey, due to launch this spring. The subject of the installation is the 160th anniversary of the 'Royal Charter Storm' of 1859. The installation will be created by Anthony Garratt, enabled by The Outbuildings, Anglesey and built by Mark and Loz Shipwrights.
The Royal Charter Storm
In October 1859, The Royal Charter, a steamship en route to Liverpool from Melbourne was wrecked off the east coast of Anglesey in a ferocious storm. It is estimated that 800 lives were lost in the storm, coined 'The Royal Charter Storm'.
The Royal Charter is legendary on Anglesey, not least due to the heroic efforts of locals from Moelfre who attempted to rescue crew and passengers. In a dreadful twist of fate the ship was carrying a cargo of gold and many on board had sewn gold into their clothes. Upon entering the sea, they immediately drowned.
A lesser known consequence of The Royal Charter storm was its influence on the modern day shipping forecast and development of the meteorological office. Captain Robert Fitzroy, in charge of the office at the time, brought in the first gale warning service in 1860 to prevent similar tragedies.
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