PWLLHELI, Wales, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Welsh diver said he discovered a pocket watch that sank with a ship 128 years ago and tracked down the family of its original owner.
Rich Hughes said he was diving near a wreck off the Welsh coast when he discovered a silver pocket watch engraved with the words "Richard Prichard 1866 Abersoch North Wales" on its casing, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Hughes said Prichard was the captain of Barbara, a square-rigged barque, and died before the ship sank during a storm off the coast of Pembrokeshire in 1881.
"I felt that although I'd found it the watch wasn't mine and I wanted to return it to its rightful owner," Hughes said.
Amateur historian David Roberts was called by Hughes to assist in finding Prichard's family and Roberts said he discovered a gravestone belonging to the captain's father, the newspaper reported.
"Through his family tree I was able to trace Captain Prichard's descendants and was amazed to find they are still living in North Wales," Roberts said.
Hughes and Roberts said retired dentist Owen Cowell, of Pwllheli, North Wales, Prichard's closest living relative, will receive the watch later this month.