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The steamship Metropolis was wrecked on rocks behind Elizabeth Castle on 12 February 1861.

This article was written by Mark Pulley

Metropolis was one of the first screw steamers to work in Jersey waters.

She was wrecked on 12 February 1861 after striking the Ruaudiere Rocks behind Elizabeth Castle while in charge of Pilot John Battam.

The pilot transferred passengers and crew on to Les Butts, and the steamer Alar went out to her, but due to the weather she could not assist.

The crew saved their belongings, but were unable to save the valuable cargo, which was uninsured. It began to be washed ashore and two men were charged with stealing casks of port washed up in St Brelade's bay. Customs found casks of gin hidden at Gorey and St John.

Divers managed to recover some valuable copper plate from the wreck.

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