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1599RE: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Seales and the rollers of 1846 (the truth)

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  • Christine Adams
    Nov 1, 2012
      Thanks, John. Those were worth the proverbial "thousand words."

      To: st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com
      From: jcoyle@...
      Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:58:52 +1000
      Subject: RE: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Seales and the rollers of 1846 (the truth)

      The link below will take you to a small gallery of photos of the rollers which came in 1968/9. For those who have never seen them, it's very difficult to appreciate just how powerful the water can be.


      John Coyle

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      From: st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com [mailto:st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of A.H.Schulenburg
      Sent: Wednesday, 31 October 2012 5:36 AM
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      Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Seales and the rollers of 1846 (the truth)

      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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      From: Christine & Craig Weaver <mailto:weaverhome@...>
      To: st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com
      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!
      Sent from my iPod

      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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