british Earl of Abergavenny [+1805]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type east indiaman
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1796
live live
weight (tons) 460  bm
dimensions 53.7 x 13.4 x 5.4 m
material wood
armament ports 15 middle & upper
about the loss
cause lost foundered
other reasons [1] water leakage (flooding)
[2] ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 05/02/1805  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.234rank: 397
about people
Pitcher Thomas, Northfleet
Dent William
captain Capt. John Wordsworth
no. of crew 160
no. of passengers 222
about the wreck
depth (m.) 20 max. / 16.3 min. (m)
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entered by Eekelers Dirk
entered 25/01/2006
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last update 30/01/2010
[1] Lettens Jan31/12/2009
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

The remains of this vessel lie scattered over the seabed, in Weymouth Bay. See for more info:

Lettens Jan04/04/2013

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Lettens Jan05/02/2010Earl of Abergavenny

Built by Pitcher, launched 1796, 3 decks, 5in bottom, length 176ft 11in, keel 143ft 11½in, breadth 43ft 8in, hold 17ft 6in, wing transom 27ft, port cell 29ft 8in, waist 3ft 9½in, between decks 6ft 7in & 6ft 8in, roundhouse 6ft 6in, ports 15 middle & upper, deck range 104ft 2in, 460 tons.

Principal Managing Owner: William Dent.


(1) 1796/7 Bombay and China. Capt John Wordsworth. Portsmouth 18 Mar 1797 - 5 Jul Bombay - 17 Nov Malacca - 8 Jan 1798 Whampoa - 2 Mar Second Bar - 5 Aug St Helena - 18 Oct Downs.

(2) 1798/9 China. Capt John Wordsworth. Portsmouth 13 Jun 1799 - 28 Oct Penang - 16 Jan 1800 Whampoa - 28 Mar Second Bar - 15 Jul St Helena - 23 Sep Downs.

(3) 1800/1 China. Capt John Wordsworth. Portsmouth 19 May 1801 - 31 Jul Santa Cruz - 31 Oct Penang - 24 Nov Malacca - 30 Jan 1802 Whampoa - 11 Mar Second Bar - 10 Jul St Helena - 5 Sep Downs.

(4) 1802/3 China. Capt John Wordsworth. Downs 6 May 1803 - 8 Sep Whampoa - 13 Nov Second Bar - 19 Feb 1804 Malacca - 1 Mar Penang - 9 Jun St Helena - 8 Aug Downs.

(5) 1804/5 Bengal and China. Capt John Wordsworth. Portsmouth 1 Feb 1805

Lost on the Shambles 5 Feb.
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Eekelers Dirk25/01/2006Built by Thomas Pitcher, Northfleet, Kent in 1797. She was one of the largest class of merchant ships chartered to the East India Company. She was en voyage to China (capt. John Wordsworth), when navigation errors ran her aground on Shambles bank, of Dorset. She managed to sail off the bank, but the hull was so heavily damaged that she sank near the coast. Over 250 souls, including the captain, perished from drowning or exposure on that bitterly cold February night in 1805.
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