- The Menai Strait off the coast of Wales (depicted above) was treacherous, but was also frequently travelled. Spilman estimates that some 300 ships went down in the 2 centuries that the story spans and there were probably thousands of victims, increasing the likelihood that some would share the same name.
- "Hugh Williams" is a very common Welsh name.
- The date of the 19th c. shipwreck is in question, with sources indicating a different year (1842) and a conflicting month (August rather than May).
Spilman writes, "So it appears that the video version on the Internet may have been slimmed down and improved a bit." I agree with his conclusion that "It is a good sea story all the same." But perhaps the strangest maritime coincidence - although again the name of the victim is not uncommon - is that covered in my post, Custom of the sea.