Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, July 17, 1850
SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO AN EMIGRANT SHIP - On Wednesday a most disastrous
and somewhat extraordinary accident occurred to the New York emigrant ship
Hemisphere, by which three men lost their lives, and others were placed in a
very precarious condition. The vessel, which was commanded by Captain
Whittelseye, left Liverpool yesterday week, bound for New York, and on
Tuesday, when off Holyhead, about half way across the Channel, encountered a
gale of wind from the west-south-west. On Wednesday, the weather still
continued boisterous and the men were ordered aloft to reef topsails. Whilst
they were thus engaged the ship gave a tremendous lurch to leeward and the
three masts were at once carried away. It is stated that there were eighteen
of the crew aloft at the time and four were pitched into the sea, one of
them not to rise again, while the others were thrown with great violence on
the deck. Of the latter, two named William Gibbs and George Bethell, were
killed on the spot, and the others sustained serious injury. Among those
injured was a sailor, twenty-four years of age, named Wm. Blair, who had his
right arm broken, so that it only hung by a small portion of skin. After
this dreadful catastrophe the remainder of the crew got up what head-sail
they could and put the ship round; and, although it was some time before
they met with assistance, they ultimately fell in with the steamer Queen, by
which they were towed to the Mersey on Thursday afternoon, and subsequently
into the Nelson Dock. On the arrival of the Hemisphere, it was at first
thought that the accident was of a much more serious nature. The passengers
numbered between 400 and 500 and had experienced the greatest alarm, but
they were taken in charge by the consignees and emigrant broker, who will
forward them to their destination by some other vessel. The wounded were
conveyed to the Northern Hospital on the following day and an inquest was
held on the bodies of the two men who were killed. The facts, as above
stated stated, were given in evidence, and after a searching investigation a
verdict of "accidental death" was returned. We should state that the
Hemisphere is quite a new ship, having only recently come from Boston to
Liverpool on her first trip, and in consequence of her rigging having
stretched on her passage here everything was set to right previous to her
sailing. It is thought, however, that the heavy rain and the rolling of the
sea caused the rigging to slacken again and to that circumstance the
fatality may, doubtless, be a great measure be attributed.
John Anster, Esq. L.L.D., has been appointed Regius Professor of civil
law and Jurisprudence in the University of Dublin.
Robert Dockrall, a young man, dropped dead in College-street, Dublin,
Mr. Coll Rochford, attorney, was arrested under an execution at the
suit of John F. Blake, proprietor of the Galway Vindicator, for the costs of
the record for a libel, in which suit Mr. Rochfort was plaintiff and Mr.
Blake defendant. Mr. Rochfort availed himself as practitioner at the borough
sessions, and upon which the Recorder ordered him to be discharged.
In answer to Sir Percy Nugent on Monday, Sir W. Somerville said that
Mr. John Fleming, late of Longford, had been appointed to a local magistracy
in Donegal upon the death of the late Mr. Dyas, with a salary of about £400.
Patrick Howe and Bridget Keogh, for the murder of the late Mr. Arthur
O'Donnell, are to be hanged at Ennis gaol on the 27th July inst.
In the burning wreck of the steamer Griffith, on Lake Erie, near
Buffalo, last month 250 emigrants perished.
On Friday, Thomas Nugent, Esq. of Grange, found an atrocious rockite
notice on his gate, threatening his life, because they suspected him of
having taken a farm at Ballyvillane.
Mungret church yard is in a most disgraceful state-four dogs were
killed last week while devouring dead bodies in the graves. The body of a
pensioner who hanged himself last month was torn away.
The Glasgow factory of Parsons & Co employ 200 Irish children well and
Col. Arthur Lewis is the purchaser of the Jessop estate, county
Longford, at 8,700l.
The following is taken from the Fermanagh Reporter:- "The leprosy of
Enniskillen society is its gross immorality and beastly sensuality,
accompanied by a mental ignorance and imbecility. Too many grow up, mere
fungus without end or aim. God is not in their ways. They are taken with the
lusts of the flesh and (in the present blaze of gospel day) Enniskillen is
worse than were Sodom and Gomorrah."
Sergeant Cawfield and Private O'Donnell, of the 32d party Revenue
Police, stationed in Boyle, have absconded. It appears that in the absence
of the officer, a sum of money for the payment of the men, came into the
hands of the sergeant, who would be entitled in a few months to 50l. as