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Over a period of 200 years, 3 ships perished at the same location of the coast of Wales, on the same day (December 5th) and all 3 had only one survivor. The 3 survivors all had the same name : Hugh Willaiams. (December 5, 1664, a ship sunk in the Menai Strait, a stretch of water with tremendous tidal swings off the coast of Wales. All 81 passengers died, except one. His name was Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1785, another ship sunk in the Menai Strait, with again everyone aboard dying except for one man…named Hugh Williams. And then again, on December 5, 1820, yet another ship sunk in the Menai Strait. Only one man survived, and he was named Hugh Williams. This is an awesome legend, and the scope of the coincidence is staggering. Another source actually references two other British shipwrecks with the lone survivors bearing the name Hugh Williams, except they weren’t on December 5. In one of those wrecks, there were actually two survivors, an uncle and nephew, and both were named Hugh Williams. And so despite having two survivors, you could still technically say of the wreck “the only man to survive was named Hugh Williams.”)
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Originally posted by purplemer
Came arcoss this the other day. Not sure if it is true or not. Thats why it is in the Grey Area.. If it is true it is one hefty coincidence... Never get on a boat of the coast of Wales with a man called Hugh Williams..
Originally posted by davesmart
reply to post by purplemer
Sounds interesting i love stories like this.
You didn't put a link.
Hope this one is ok.
The Unsinkable Hugh Williams – Truth Behind the Legend?
Hugh Williams says: August 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm As you can see my name is the lucky or safe name. I was named after my paternal grandfather who immigrated to Canada from north Wales in 1877. My late father gave me newspaper clippings (two ) many years ago—he died in 1954 and I am now 79 these both describe four ship sinkings with the only survivor being Hugh Williams. The first was on Dec.5,1664 in the Menia Straits, the second event was on Dec.5 1785 a pleasure schooner was wrecked on the Isle of Man. Then on Aug.5,1820 a pickning party on the Thames was run down by a coal barge and of 25 on board only 5 year old Hugh Williams survived .Now the most singular storey–onAug.19,1889 a Leeds coal barge with 9 men abord floundered–all but two were drowned and both were named Hugh Williams,an uncle and nephew! This is unlike the story which has the same 3 dates but all say the sinkings were in the straits of Menai . Go figure ? Respectfully, Hugh Rowland Williams.
Originally posted by StarsInDust
reply to post by purplemer
Sounds to me like this Hugh Williams guy might be trapped in some horrible time loop, every time he gets on a boat everyone dies. hmmmm...if nothing else, it would make one great basis for a new book. I'm with you though, I would caution anyone from getting on a ship with him.
Originally posted by blackthorne
he is an immortal, like connor and duncan maccleod! and he is the one sinking the ships so he can start another new life!
i have actually read this story before. do NOT want to go to see with this man.