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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, July 17, 1850 SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO AN EMIGRANT SHIP - On Wednesday a most disastrous and somewhat extraordinary
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      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,
      from intoxication.
      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
      retiring allowance.
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