On October 26th 2009, the 150th Anniversary of the tragedy, the village of Moelfre held a series of commemorative events. A number of descendants of victims and survivors were present, and we were delighted to meet them.
Two superb bronze plaques were unveiled, designed by Sam Holland, a sculpture with links to Moelfre, depicting the tragedy and the heroic swim made by Joseph Rogers to get a line to shore. Everyone was delighted that a descendantof Joseph Rogers, (whose Maltese name was Guzeppi Ruggier),was there , deservedly extremely proud of his ancestor, to witness the event. He also named a boat for the local Rowing Club after the Maltese hero. His website gives more information about this heroic man.
The heroism of the local people of Moelfre in risking their lives to save others still goes on, as the current crew of the Moelfre Lifeboat were also there.Unfortunately the weather was too rough for them to safely demonstrate rescue using a Breeches buoy, but they were called out that day to go to the aid of capsized kayakers.
A local theatre group gave several amazing performances of a play about the wrecking