Pocket watch returned to family after 130 years

First published: 27-08-2009

A pocket watch made of silver which was spent 130 years at the bottom of the sea has been reunited with the original owner's nearest living relative after a bit of detective work.

Rick Hughes, a diver in Wales, found the timepiece when underwater off of the Pembrokeshire coast, where the Barbara - a ship sailing from Burma carrying a rice cargo - was steered onto rocks in 1881 by an inexperienced captain.

The watch belonged to the ship's original captain, the wonderfully-named Richard Prichard, who had died and been buried at sea by his crew shortly after the ship departed for Liverpool on its home run.

Inscribed on the timepiece was "Richard Prichard 1866 Abersoch North Wales", causing the man to look for historical notes in the individual.

He continued: "I was amazed that the watch was in such good condition after laying at the bottom of the sea for generations. As soon as I saw the name it started me thinking about Richard Prichard."

However, technology has come a long way since 1881, with Orange and LG releasing their long-awaited watch phone offering today.

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