According to manuscripts and charts there has been no fewer than 142 known Shipwrecks around the coast of Llyn in the last 180 years, that's just from Nefyn on the north coast to Pwllheli, Llyn' s only market town in the south. And at least 30 of them were in or very near Hells Mouth. Being so open to the south westerly gales that frequent this part of the British Isles, and having such a very poor anchoring quality. Hells Mouth was feared and dreaded by Seafarers at the end of a long voyage home, as the above poem so graphically illustrates.
The map below only shows the position of ships that foundered close to shore.Faith, Jane & Annie, Mermaid, Harvest Home, Veronica and the Twelve Apostles. How could ships with such romantic names come to grief in such a watery Hell.
Porth Neigwl, parth anhygar,- fan affwys,
Safn uffern ystrywgar;
Hawdd twrdd ton beisdon y bar,
Niwlog erch, anial garchar.
Lle gerwin, hylla'r gorog,- terwynllais,
Ni rydd ddryghin y' min y mor,
Nawdd i long- ni ddeil angor.
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