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Welcome to Calgo Publications.

About us

We are authors and publishers of
Life and Death on the Royal Charter,
and of the
Underwater Guides to North Wales series.
Chris Holden is a BSAC First Class diver, and his many years of experience in diving in North Wales, is reflected in his enthusiasm for the area, its marine life and its wrecks.

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Following the success of the two recent lectures about the Royal Charter at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, plans are being made to repeat the talk at other venues. Dates and times will be available on this website once details are finalised.

Our Books

Life and Death on the Royal Charter

Life and Death on the Royal Charter
The true story of a treasure ship wrecked on Anglesey
Chris and Lesley Holden

288 pages in colour



The Royal Charter was carrying 79,000 ounces of gold and over 500 passengers and crew when she was wrecked off the coast of Anglesey, in October, 1859.

The Essential Underwater Guide to North Wales
Volume 2
South Stack to Colwyn Bay
Chris Holden

240 pages in colour



The book for divers wanting to dive in North Wales. All the information you need for successful, interesting diving.

A Field Guide to the
Marine Fishes of Wales
and adjacent waters.
Paul Kay and Frances Dipper
256 pages in colour



Paul Kay, FRPS is a reknowned marine photographer who specialises in the underwater life of Britain and Ireland, whilst the waters of North Wales are his "backyard." We have no hesitation in recommending this comprehensive book, with its excellent photography to all interested in marine life.

The Essential Underwater Guide to North Wales
Volume 1
Barmouth to South Stack.
Chris Holden

Unfortunately, this volume is now completely out of print.

We will continue to amend any out-dated information and will add any new relevant details of the area covered by this book to our web-site.

We have begun collating information, so that ultimately we can produce an
new edition, with additional dives, side-scan sonar pictures and updated local information.

The Royal Charter
and the perfect hurricane
The dramatic story of Wales' greatest shipwreck.

Sorry, temporarily out of stock

67 mins (approx) long.
PAL Region 0
Teleg Films 2009

This DVD about the wrecking of the Royal Charter by Michael Bayley Hughes is now available from our website.
resented and narrated by Cadfan Roberts, this film traces the Royal Charter from her beginnings on the River Dee to her fateful end in Moelfre just 5 years later.

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