In March 1897, gale swept up the Bristol Channel, bringing high seas, driving snow and sleet. Many ships found themselves in distress, among them the Norwegian barque SS Nornen which had tried to ride out the storm in the lee of the Lundy Roads but had found her anchors dragging. She was being driven towards Berrow mud flats. The crew desperately tried to save her, but were fighting a losing cause. The ship\’s crew of ten, together with their dog were eventually rescued.