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Pocket watch from shipwreck to be returned after 130 years

A silver pocket watch that spent 130 years at the bottom of the sea will be reunited with the nearest living relative of its owner after the diver who found it turned amateur detective.

The watch was found by Rich Hughes near the spot off the coast of southwest Wales where the square-rigged bark Barbara went down in 1881. The ship had sailed from Burma with a cargo of rice, but was wrecked on rocks off Pembrokeshire.

Engraved on the back of the timepiece was the inscription: "Richard Prichard 1866 Abersoch North Wales."

Hughes was so intrigued by the watch and its detailed inscription that he was determined to track down Prichard's relatives.

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