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    The ‘Boadicea‘ was a Cardigan Schooner of 136 tons, built in 1841 at Cardigan by William Jones. In February 1841 the new vessel was launched. On 19 February 1841 the following appeared in the ‘Welshman‘:

    “…On Tuesday week, a splendid schooner, called the “Boadicea”, in honour of Cambria’s ancient and warlike queen, was launched from the building yard of Mr. William Jones, in this town. No expense has been spared by her spirited owners in fitting her out in first-rate style. She has a beautiful figure-head, is copper- fastened, and will carry about 300 tons. She is intended for the coasting and foreign trade, and is to be commanded by Captain David Evans, formerly of the brig Heart of Oak, of Cardigan…”

    In 1841-53 Captain David Evans, No. 50 Pendre, Cardigan, was the master of the vessel. His home became an inn called ‘The Boadicea‘ after the ship, though it was later re-named ‘The Commercial‘. David Evans was formerly themaster of the ‘Heart of Oak‘. In May 1841 she sailed from Swansea to Alexandria with a cargo of coal. At the end of March 1842 she was in Swansea again. In April 1844 she sailed from Llanelli to Milford. In April 1845 the ‘Boadicea‘ sailed from London to Milford. In February 1846 she sailed from Cardiff to Limerick with a cargo of iron. In June that year she sailed from Cardiff back home to Cardigan. In May 1848 she sailed with a cargo of iron from Cardiff, bound for Cronstadt. In December 1849 she took a cargo of iron from Cardiff to Naples. She also traded at Neath and Cork over the years. In early 1853 the ‘Boadicea‘ was converted into a brigantine of 161 tons. Her new lease of life was very short-lived. On 29 March 1853 she was lost. On 13 May 1853 the following item appeared in the ‘Welshman‘:


    Intelligence has been received of the total loss of the Boadicea of Cardigan, Captain David Evans, Master. The vessel sprung a leak whilst crossing the Bay of Biscay, and after all the endeavours of the Crew to save her were found ineffectual, she was abandoned on the 29th March last in lat. 46, long 10, and soon afterwards went down. The Captain and Crew were picked up by the Ship “Thames” of London, Captain Barclay, bound to Australia, with emigrants. Captain Barclay treated the crew with the greatest kindness, and landed them at Madeira, on the 17th of April last. The Boadicea at the time of the accident was on her way to Naples from Cardiff, with a cargo of iron…”




    1. Tom Bennett
      April 4, 2015 at 7:40 am

      I was interested in your reference to the ” Heart of Oak”. 30 years ago I used to research the losses of the Cardigan registered vessels and studied the old Ship’s registers for Cardigan. I have in my possession a pen and ink drawing of the ” Heart of Oak”, when it too was in a gale in the Bay of Biscay, about the same year. However she was gong towards London and was repaired on the south coast before continuing. The Heart of Oak was eventually lost on the East Coast, but her demise details are scarce. Her crew were all saved.
      TOM Bennett

      • glen
        April 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

        Hi Tom – I have copies of a couple of your books on local shipwrecks – I still refer to them from time to time. Thanks for the information here. There are so few illustrations of local vessels that the pen and ink drawing of the ‘Heart of Oak’ is a real find! Kind Regards, Glen

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