!! Ballina Chronicle; Jan 23, 1850 "Ship Wrecks"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, January 23, 1850
THE WRECK OF THE HOTTINGEUR.
On the morning of the 12th instant the ship Hattingeur [note difference of
spelling], 1050 tons register, John Bursley, commander, from Liverpool, bound to
New York, struck upon the Blackwater Bank at 5 o'clock a.m. and made signals of
distress. At daylight the perilous situation of the ship being observed from the
shore, Mr. J. Agar, Coast Guard Officer in charge of the Morriscastle station,
put off with his crew, tow of them being fishermen of same place, at the
imminent risk of their lives, in order to render assistance. Another boat called
the Zephyr, of Ballinoulart, Philip Mittlen, master, belonging to Mr. Murphy,
put off at the same time and we are happy to say that they, in conjunction with
the boats belonging to the ship succeeded in bringing to land all the
passengers. At the time the passengers left the ship her situation seemed to be
utterly hopeless - the hold was full of water and the sea making breaches over
her. It was with extreme difficulty and peril that the passengers and seamen
were placed in the boats, the sea breaking with dreadful violence on the bank.
The passengers were unable to take anything out of the ship except the clothes
they had on at that time. - The boats happily succeeded in reaching the shore,
although with extreme difficulty, form the length of the sea, and great
distance, seven miles or more from the bank to land.
We are happy to say that the courageous and devoted conduct of Captain
Bursley to save the ship, appears to have been successful, as she got off the
bank about eight o'clock on Sunday morning, and ran before the wind, apparently
for Kingstown Harbour, where it is hoped she may have arrived before this time.
We received the above account from one of the passengers; but we have since
learned that the ship, after getting off the bank, unfortunately encountered a
small ridge of sand, about a mile off the shore, near Arklow Bay, where she
struck and is at present under water. The most melancholy part of the
catastrophe is the circumstance of the noble-hearted commander and the gallant
portion of the crew who clung to the vessel, being supposed to have perished, as
the last time they were seen was Sunday evening, in the mizen rigging.
The brig Geister Hdolph, of Berth, 200 tons burden, on her voyage from
Koningsberg to Liverpool, with a cargo of wheat, barley and peas, struck at ten
o'clock on the night of the 13th instant, at Ballygeary, and is likely to become
a total wreck. The master and crew were saved by the exertions of the coast
guard and country people. -- Wexford Independent.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News