Carrying 500 tons of coal from Swansea, the Samuel went ashore near Worm's Head, Rhossili in November 1884.

The Rhossili L.S.A. successfully brought the ship’s complete crew safely ashore and its hefty cargo of coal was sold to local farmers who built a temporary lane from the Rhossili cliff top down to the wrecked ship to transport the cargo inland. The farmers then sold the coal on to the villagers of Rhossili and this cheap supply of fuel is said to have lasted the village for years. The ship soon broke up off Worm’s Head and its salvageable parts were sold.

Anchor from the Samuel embedded in the rocky causeway


An anchor, embedded in the rocky causeway between the base of Rhossili cliffs and Worm’s Head is now the only visual reminder of the incident.

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