Treasure hunters have recovered gold from a Victorian shipwreck which sunk off Anglesey while returning laden with riches from the Australian gold rush.
For more than 150 years it has lain tantalisingly close to the shore. Now the ship that sank in a storm in 1859, claiming 450 lives, is giving up its most precious secret: gold.
But this treasure trove is not in a distant tropical lagoon – it is near the Welsh ferry port of Holyhead, in the remains of an ironclad steam clipper called the Royal Charter.
A team of explorers diving to the ship, which sank off Anglesey while returning laden with riches from the Australian gold rush of the 1850s, has brought gold coins and nuggets to the surface and expects to retrieve more.