Prince  Victor

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Carved in New brunswick on the shores of the Bay of Fundy this 147 year old figurehead without his moustache or his “Dennis Healey” eyebrows was on the bow of the St. Martins built Prince Victor.

On Good Friday 1887, Captain Hans Cornelinsen in the Norwegian owned Prince Victor was en route from New York to the dock at Sharpness with a cargo of 10,000 barrels of paraffin.


He was negotiating the Severn Estuary, with the assistance of two tugs and a pilot, when it was discovered too late that there was insufficient water to clear the sands. The ship struck a sandbank near Beachley and turned broadside on the tide, falling over on her beam ends.   She crushed the tug Victoria into the sand.   Captain Cornelinsen’s wife and son were both lost, the lady in the ship’s saloon, the son in the galley, both being drowned when the vessel rolled over.   The Prince Victor dragged across the sands for another half a mile, wher it was secured by lines to a large oak treeat the water’s edge at Woolaston where she became dry at low water.


At Woolaston churchyard there is a grave of the two passengers who died. The villagers were said to have been very kind the survivors, who camped on the bank near to the wreck.

The Prince Victor was later caulked, righted and towed to Sharpness where she was condemned and sold by auction for £250 and subsequently broken up.

The figurehead was acquired by local antiquities dealer Charles Camm who displayed it in a garden at the riverside hamlet of Priding.  In the 1960’s my father Wilfred Ayland uncovered the bramble hidden figurehead, restored it and transformed it with paint.

A clean shaven Prince Victor standing proud in the Garden at Priding

The figurehead freshly painted by Wilfred Ayland

with “Jet”  our Black Labrador

The figurehead in the Folk 

Museum storage Gloucester

“Whoa!    That is NOT  the Prince Victor who stood calmly along  Severnside for one hundred years looking skywards”.


“No this is his long lost cousin Prince Kevin”.


“Ah!,  the Prince Victor’s,   sisters, brothers boy, Kevin”


In 2016 the figurehead was remodelled,  a moustache and supersize eybrows were added for reasons unknown and  returned to St Martins, New Brunswick being displayed in Quaco Museum

The story of the Prince Victor  is extremely well documented in the book  “Hope Restored” written by Robert A Moran  a seventh generation Moran and directly decended from the builder of the PRINCE VICTOR.

Visit Quaco Museum

My Uncle,  Berard Shaw,  interviewed  Mr.J. Brinkworth of Frampton on Severn who visited the wreck of the Prince Victor shortly after it happened.    Bernard wrote a report of his meeting to Sea Breezes. 


His interview may be found at

Goto: World's End Sands Victim

Prince  Victor

Goto: Poem about the wreck of Prince Victor
Goto: World's End Sands Victim

Carved in New brunswick on the shores of the Bay of Fundy this 147 year old figurehead without his moustache or his “Dennis Healey” eyebrows was on the bow of the St. Martins built Prince Victor.

On Good Friday 1887, Captain Hans Cornelinsen in the Norwegian owned Prince Victor was en route from New York to the dock at Sharpness with a cargo of 10,000 barrels of paraffin.


He was negotiating the Severn Estuary, with the assistance of two tugs and a pilot, when it was discovered too late that there was insufficient water to clear the sands. The ship struck a sandbank near Beachley and turned broadside on the tide, falling over on her beam ends.   She crushed the tug Victoria into the sand.   Captain Cornelinsen’s wife and son were both lost, the lady in the ship’s saloon, the son in the galley, both being drowned when the vessel rolled over.   The Prince Victor dragged across the sands for another half a mile, wher it was secured by lines to a large oak treeat the water’s edge at Woolaston where she became dry at low water.


At Woolaston churchyard there is a grave of the two passengers who died. The villagers were said to have been very kind the survivors, who camped on the bank near to the wreck.

The Prince Victor was later caulked, righted and towed to Sharpness where she was condemned and sold by auction for £250 and subsequently broken up.

The figurehead was acquired by local antiquities dealer Charles Camm who displayed it in a garden at the riverside hamlet of Priding.  In the 1960’s my father Wilfred Ayland uncovered the bramble hidden figurehead, restored it and transformed it with paint.

A clean shaven Prince Victor standing proud in the Garden at Priding

The figurehead freshly painted by Wilfred Ayland

with “Jet”  our Black Labrador

The figurehead in the Folk 

Museum storage Gloucester

“Whoa!    That is NOT  the Prince Victor who stood calmly along  Severnside for one hundred years looking skywards”.


“No this is his long lost cousin Prince Kevin”.


“Ah!,  the Prince Victor’s,   sisters, brothers boy, Kevin”


In 2016 the figurehead was remodelled,  a moustache and supersize eybrows were added for reasons unknown and  returned to St Martins, New Brunswick being displayed in Quaco Museum

The story of the Prince Victor  is extremely well documented in the book  “Hope Restored” written by Robert A Moran  a seventh generation Moran and directly decended from the builder of the PRINCE VICTOR.

Visit Quaco Museum

My Uncle,  Berard Shaw,  interviewed  Mr.J. Brinkworth of Frampton on Severn who visited the wreck of the Prince Victor shortly after it happened.    Bernard wrote a report of his meeting to Sea Breezes. 


His interview may be found at

Goto: World's End Sands Victim