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1593Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Seales and the rollers of 1846 (the truth)

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  • A.H.Schulenburg
    Oct 30, 2012
      The rollers are actually a common phenomenon on St Helena.
      See Philip and Myrtle Ashmole, 'St Helena and Ascension Island: A Natural History' (Oswestry: Anthony Nelson, 2000), p.64:
      "St Helena (like Ascension) is affected by rollers, especially in the period from December to March. These are related to weather disturbances in the northwest Atlantic, which travel several thousand kilometres and approach the island from the northwest. The rollers are imperceptible in the open sea but can generate major breakers as they reach shallow water [...]."
      The Ashmoles go on to call the rollers of 18 February 1846 "the most dramatic episode of rollers".
      Alexander Schulenburg
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      Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:24 PM
      Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Seales and the rollers of 1846

      I think this could have been the culprit!


      The Indonesia: Halmahera: Ternate earthquake was on February 14, 1846. 

      But I will have to check my map!
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      On 2012-10-30, at 12:27 PM, "pkbruce1947" <peterbruce@...> wrote:


      I came across this description of huge rollers causing havoc in the roadstead (anchorage) at St Helena in 1846. Mention is made of the rescue efforts of Robert Seale, Shipkeeper and his wife. An interesting read. My guess is the rollers were a tsunami.

      Here's the webpage: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pbtyc/Gazette/Misc/St_Helena.html


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