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1604Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Seales and the rollers of 1846 (the truth)

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  • Leonard Meek
    Nov 1, 2012
      Wow! Surf's up!


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "John Coyle" <jcoyle@...>
      To: <st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 2:58 PM
      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

      -----Original Message-----
      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
      To: st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com
      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

      ----- Original Message -----
      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:



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