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Using the Cadw app as your guide, here is a list of the 13 locations across Wales where you can explore the virtual story…

A tale of true heroism, users visiting the RNLI Sea-watch Centre can hear the story of Joe Rogers — a Victorian seaman who put his life at risk in an attempt to save those on board the Royal Charter during the Great Storm.

Beacon location: Moelfre RNLI Seawatch Centre, LL72 8HY.

Using augmented reality, the new digital experience allows users to step back in time and re-live the final hours of passenger steam clipper, the Royal Charter.
Video content shows the famous ship darting around the coast of Moelfre, struggling against the wind and tide before foundering on the rocks, taking 450 innocent lives.

Beacon location: Moelfre RNLI Seawatch Centre, LL72 8HY.

At this location, users can hear a report by Charles Dickens, in which he relays his meeting with the local vicar, Reverend Steven Jones Hughes, and describes the Reverend’s determination to identify each victim of the Royal Charter shipwreck.

Beacon location: St Gallgo Church, Llanallgo, LL72 8NE.

Through visual and audio storytelling, app users can gain an insight into the struggles faced by the Rhyl Lifeboat team, who managed to rescue six crew members from the destroyed schooner, Oriental.

Beacon location: Rhyl Lifeboat Station, LL18 3YP.

Brunel’s iron sailing steamship, the Great Eastern managed to survive the Great Storm, but not without a raging fight.
App users at this location can visualise the battle between nature and human ingenuity through a ‘live’ audio report, delivered by a journalist aboard the ship during its promotional trip around Wales.

Beacon location: Holyhead RNLI Lifeboat Station, SY23 1JY.

In Aberystwyth, users can discover the deadly dilemma faced by ships out at sea when harbour master Robert Pugh, failed to illuminate the harbour light on the night of the Great Storm…

Beacon location: Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Station, SY23 1JY.

In New Quay, augmented-reality technology allows users to experience the moment the New Quay Lighthouse, known locally as the Pepper Pot, was destroyed by the storm causing 11 ships to lose their way to safety.

Schooners and smacks such as the Louisa Jane, the Catherine, the Mary Anne and Major Nannery were among the many wrecks discovered in the aftermath.

Beacon location: the ‘STORM’ plaque on the New Quay Pier wall (behind the New Quay Yacht Club).

In Aberporth, seven fishing vessels were dragged out to sea from the beach and destroyed in into splinters.
After the storm, identifying the shipwrecks proved to be a mammoth task, with very little product left for guidance.
The Great Storm digital experience will provide Aberporth users with unique content, detailing how many ships were successfully identified in Aberporth.

Beacon location: report to the beach front car park and make your way across the sand to a timber hull of a ship.

Using augmented-reality, app users at this location can re-live the moment that St Brynach’s Church was reduced to a shell by a storm induced wave.

Beacon location: the Car Park attendant’s hut.

The Danish registered barque, Carolina, was docked at Porthgain harbour when the Great Storm hit.

With her crew safe in-land, luckily there was no loss of life, but the violence of the storm tore the ship apart, taking Porthgain Harbour with it, wrecking a vital economic asset to the local quarrying industry.

At this location, users can experience scenes of destruction and find out whether the Storm spelled boom or bust for the remote communities of west Pembrokeshire.

Beacon location: the ‘Welcome to Porthgain’ panel at the harbour side in Porthgain, SA62 5BN.

Users in this location can discover the remains of sloop, True Bess, and her brave Captain as they take a digital drone flight around the headland across to Musselwick Bay.

Beacon location: the ‘Welcome to Little Haven panel, next to The Castle Family Pub and Restaurant, SA62 3UG.

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery houses one of the last remaining storm barometers, an innovative device designed by Admiral Robert Fitzroy to help prevent future, extreme weather disasters.

Through unique content on the app, users can learn about the formation of the Meteorological Office as well as Fitzroy’s contribution to initiative, which resulted in The Times newspaper publishing the world’s first-ever weather forecast.

Beacon location: Tenby Museum, SA70 7BP.

At the time of the Great Storm, sloop Merlin, one of many small ships carrying cargo around the coast, was on its way back to Barry after delivering limestone to Cardiff.

After being caught out in the storm, the wreck was discovered on the rocks off Cold Knap Point.

Users can take a digital drone flight across the sea to discover the wreck and uncover the tragic tale of two young brothers, who almost made it back home.

Beacon location: Barry Island RNLI Visitor Centre, CF62 5TQ.