About this object

This locket is one of many archaeological finds from the wreck site of the Royal Yacht Mary - one of hundreds of wrecks in the Irish Sea and Liverpool Bay, and an example of how dangerous the passage to and from Liverpool can be. The local knowledge and ship handling skills of Liverpool pilots remains crucial in ensuring ships make the passage to Liverpool safely.

On the night of 25 March, 1675, the yacht Mary was on her way from Ireland bound for the River Dee and Chester. Mary was the first royal yacht - a gift to King Charles II from the Dutch city of Amsterdam. Disaster struck in dense fog off Anglesey, when a fierce tidal stream pushed Mary onto the jagged rocks of the Skerries seven miles north of Holyhead. The yacht was stuck on the rocks and wrecked. 35 of the 74 passengers and crew on board died.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Memento mori locket
  • Accession no.
    1977.71.1971.41
  • Type
    Memento mori locket
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1675 about
  • Materials
    Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    5 mm x 18 mm x 23 mm
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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