The Milan, a 1,400 ton Hull based steamship, found itself on the rocks under Overton Cliff as she made her way towards Bristol from Alexandria during the particularly foggy night of January 13th, 1883.

Both the Mumbles Lifeboat and the Rhossili Rocket crew attended the ship, the lifeboat rescuing eleven men whilst the Rhossili Rocket crew rescued the remainder. Milan’s cargo of cotton seed was salvaged in case the ship became a total wreck, but the ship was easily re-floated on the following high tide.

Along the cliffs where the Milan snagged herself, on the stretch of rock known as ‘Slade’s Foot,’ a thirty metre long indentation – the keel mark of the ship – can still be seen today.

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