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    The ‘Ceres‘ was a St. Dogmaels owned Sloop of 45 tons, built in 1814 at Cardigan. Captain David Georgewas her master. In August 1814 she sailed from Swansea to Cardigan. In July 1815 she sailed from Cork to Llanelli. In November 1816 she sailed from Liverpool to Aberystwyth. In May 1818 she sailed from Newport in Monmouthshire to Cork with a cargo of coal, and returned to Newport for a second consignment of coal, which she also took to Cork before returning again to Newport in June. In July she sailed from Newport to Dublin. In July 1820 she sailed from Padstow to Llanelli where she loaded up with coal before sailing to Brest. The following appeared in the ‘Cambrian‘ on 12 October 1822:

    “…The sloop Ceres, George, master, from Youghall for Chichester, with barley and oats, was driven in here yesterday, having her starboard gunwale in the water, cargo shifted, and pumps choked. The cargo is discharging, in order to repair the damages…”

    In October 1824 Captain George sailed the ‘Ceres‘ from Dublin to Swansea and then back home to Cardigan. In January 1826 he delivered a cargo of bricks from Chester to Swansea. In October that year he took a cargo of oak planks to Dublin. In August and September 1828 he delivered two cargoes of iron ore from Ulveston to Cardiff. In July 1829 he sailed from Barnstaple to Neath. In November 1829 he was loading up a cargo of iron at Newport, Monmouthshire. The ‘Monmouthshire Merlin‘ published the following on 6 March 1830:


    About one o’clock on Wednesday morning, the steam vessel Corsair, on her voyage from Belfast to this port, and the sloop Ceres, of Cardigan, laden with herrings, from this port to Newry, came in contact at sea, when the sloop sunk, and the master, David George, was drowned – the mate and two boys (the remainder of the crew) were saved. The night was extremely dark and thick, with light rain, so as to render it impossible to see to any distance. The Corsair had her usual light at the mast head, with the master, mate, and usual watch on deck, who could not discern anything even at a vessel’s length. The sloop had no light, and the men were occupied in reeling the mainsail at the time of the occurrence…”



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