6th, Jan 1877.


At Liverpool Police buildings, Dale St, before Mr RAFFLES, an inquiry by the Board of Trade into the abandonment of the barque MEDUSA, off Prince Edward Island, on the 4th of December last. Mr A. S.CAMPBELL, Master considered that the cargo had been properly stored. He had no Masters certificate, but had a 1st Class Officers certificate. No charges made, Capt had done all in his power to save the vessel.

The barque NAOMI of Liverpool was lost on Thursday on Winterton Ridge at Great Yarmouth, all hands except 3 lost, survivors, MACARTHY, BLAINDFORD and DAINTY.

Amsterdam telegram, barque GOLDEN AGE fron Newcastle is ashore and on fire at Vheland, crew probably at Terschelling.

Danish schooner SOPHIE from Newcastle to Odessa capsized 13 miles off Shetland, 2 crew drowned.

Harve telegram, Brig VICTOIRE APPOLINE, St Malo to Cardiff anchored ½ mile off the jetties, soon after made signals of distress, lifeboat brought vessel into port. Unfortunately boat which left the brig to obtain a tug capsized, three men drowned.


13th, Jan 1877

The ALEXANDRIA, at this port from Santos, experienced terrific weather towards the end of her voyage, especially off the Irish coast.

Official report:-

Left Santos, Nov 16th, 1876, 27th, Dec, wind, W. N. W, Strong gale, very high seas, Sea broke onboard, taking away washboards, tearing tarpaulins, unbattening hatch. Experiencing heavy gales from, S. W to N. W. 7th Jan 1877, 6pm, in a heavy gale. W. S. W, in rounding ship to, mainstream carried away. Obliged to cut away the sail and gear to secure the mainmast. A complete gale and heavy sea broke, smashing the bulwarks and stanchions and filling the mainsail. It carried away the mainboom, obliged to cut away the mainsail and gear attached to the boom. It also started the companion skylight and fore castle scuttle, partly filling the cabin and forecastle with water, we tried the pumps and found the ship making water.. The sea made a clean breach over her after the bulwarks were washed away. 12 midnight, tremendous high sea running, ship washed fore and aft and being completely buried with water.

8 am Sunday, Jan 8th, made land, Mizanhead, bearing east about 12miles, gales and high seas still running.

12 noon, wind, W. S. W, being in danger of being driven ashore, made all possible sail in order to clear the land, Sprung the foreyard and spars, with which, the lower topsailyard was fished and burst the foresail, high seas still running, ship buried with water.

2.30pm, weathered the Fastnet Rock about 1 mile.

3pm, Cape clear, bore north, sea getting smoother, fished the foreyard with studding sail booms. Tuesday 11am, took the assistance of the Steam Tug, COLUMBUS, off the Skerries, for the benefit of ship and cargo, agreement £25.

The Schooner which was run down by the Flushing Maid, Steamer, BREDA, on Wednesday appears to be the MARGARET of Carnarvon. The Master Henry GRIFFITHS, states the Steamer struck the Schooner amidships and backing resumed her passage to Flushing. Without rendering assistance. A crewman of the MARGARET jumped on the BREDA and was landed at the pier at Sheerness by a Pilot boat. The Schooner having sunk immediately, the remaining crew mounted the rigging and remained on the tops till rescued, one boy drowned.

The Barque MITTOCK, 350 tons, which left Liverpool on the 2nd of November for Dantzic with salt, was towed into Aberdeen on Wednesday with her masts gone and bulwarks carried away. She has been drifting for 9 weeks in the North sea, 2 crew were swept overboard and drowned, the remainder was suffering from boils caused by want of food and exposure. The crew had given up hope, when they fell in with a fishing smack.

Lloyds from Bombay – East Indiaman Z,RING, 1,300 tons from Shields to Bombay was spoken by the ship FREDRICK and reported to have been on fire, flames extinguished she arrived at Bombay smoking, 500 tons of cargo overboard, she had 1,500 tons of cargo when leaving the Tyne

The French Barque CAROLINE, Capt DULORY, lost on the Shipwash sands, Thursday, crew brought to Harwich.

Saturday the steamer KEDAR, outward bound, while coming to anchor in the river, the anchor shank broke, before way could be got on the steamer, she drifted foul of the Barque FANNY which was lying at anchor in the river, outward bound. Both vessels sustained damage.

The same morning at 4.30 am the inward bound BESSIE PARKER, from Charleston was in collision off the Formby Lightship, with an inward bound Schooner-rigged Steamer. The former had her mizentopmast carried away, mizen channel bent and a hole made in her port quarter above the water mark.

Heligoland, Jan 6th, The Hamburgh American Co’s Steamer, SAXONIA, on route for Hamburg for the West Indies, stranded here yesterday, All attempts to get her off proved fruitless. All passengers landed here, All hands saved. The vessel will probably prove to be a total wreck.

The Barque IDA of Glasgow from Harve was driven ashore at Brighton on Saturday night. The lifeboats were launched and rockets fired. All crew of 14 saved, 3 swam ashore. As one of the rockets was being fired from the beach it flew back over the Kings Rd, striking, Mr E. H. JONES of Regents St, breaking both his legs.

New York – The French transatlantic steamer, AMERIQUE from Harve, went ashore, 4 miles north of Long Branch, at 3 am on Sunday. All on board saved except 3 crew members. Vessel was in charge of a New York Pilot at the time of her going ashore.

News received of the burning of the new ship, HARVEY MILLS, in Beaufort, River, South Carolina, on the 27th ult. The fire broke out shortly before midnight, strong detachments of men with hand pumps were sent from other vessels lying in the river, the flames could not be extinguished for some hours. Two crew working below suffocated, two others were made insensible and barely escaped with their lives. She was laden with 6,000 bales of cotton for Liverpool. Ship and cargo valued at over £100.000.

The Steamer MACEDONIA, owned by Messers HENDERSON Bros, bound for Bombay, which left Birkenhead Dock on Monday evening, grounded on Crosby Beach on Tuesday in dense fog. The tugs, UNITED KINGDOM and UNITED STATES went off to her assistance from Liverpool. She got off at 5am, not having received any injury, proceeded on her voyage.

New York, Tuesday, Intelligence announces the steamer MONTGOMERY from New York to Havana, sinking from the effects of a collision with another vessel. 13 persons drowned.

The steamer COLUMBO, from Hull to New York, which sailed 3rd Dec last, with 80 passengers and 50 crew, had not been reported as reaching her destination up to the present, therefore the gravest fears are entertained as to her safety. The INMAN, Steamers, the CITY OF BERLIN and CITY OF BRISTOL, from Liverpool sailed at the same time. The former reached New York after a 20 day passage, having encountered frightful weather. The latter vessel bound for Philadelphia was compelled to put back to Liverpool, after being 7 days at sea., with 5 of her crew washed overboard.

It is feared the COLUMBO has either been seriously disabled or else has foundered. She is a fine vessel, remarkably strong. Slight hope is entertained that she being unable to work her engines, she may be under sail. 60 guineas per cent has been insured on her at Lloyds.

During the outward bound voyage of the ship NORMANDY, just arrived at Liverpool, from Paraiba, an able seaman, James JOHNSON, deliberately jumped over board and drowned. He previously showed signs of insanity and was put in irons, but was released when he appeared better. As the same ship was homeward bound, another seaman, James SANDERSON, a native of Sheilds, fell from aloft, into the sea and was drowned.

Shetland Telegram – it would appear that the experience of the STRATHMORE, survivors was to be repeated on a small scale near home. While the mail steamer was on her passage from the mainland to Lerwick, those on board saw a wrecked crew on the Fair Isle, a signal for help was flying. The weather was so boistrous it was impossible to render aid, no communication has yet been made with the unfortunate crew.

The National Lifeboat Institution has subscribed £250 in aid of the local subscription for the relief of the widows and orphans of the three men who lost their lives from the Whitby Lifeboat, during the fearful storm on Tuesday night last, while endeavouring to save a shipwrecked crew.

DROGHEDA, Thursday – The SISTERS OF SUNDERLAND, bound for Drogheda, with a cargo of Indian corn went ashore at Bettystown last night. The lifeboat JOHN RUTTER CHORLEY, put off and remained by her side all night in heavy seas and ultimately landed her crew of 11 men in safety.

Gibraltar, On the 3rd inst, states that the French lugger AMAOSSIS and the English Brig, GRACE ROBERTS, have both been wrecked at Larache.

Two men drowned on Thursday by capsizing of a boat at Deal, while returning to their ship ALARM. Thursday morning the Barque CONGO, sank off No 2 Battery Dungeness, during thick weather and stormy seas. Nine crew took to the boats which capsized, all poor fellows perished except one man, who was washed ashore in an insensible state. He has since recovered.

Thursday, a river gig was going down the Mersey in tow of the I. O. M, Steamer TYNWALD, when owing to the backwater of the steamer the gig capsized. The occupants of the latter, William HOSTER , William MUNDY and James WOODBURN, were thrown into the water. A boat manned by William AUGUSTUS, put off to assist and took on board, HOSTER and MUNDY. The other man was picked up by Her Majesty’s Customs boat in charge of Mr ELLIOT, Tide Surveyor.

The Schooner ERIE, Capt CURRAN, has put back to the Tyne with a mutinous crew, refusing duty, one of the crew James MC’CARTHY of Belfast, jumped overboard in a drunken fit and drowned.

The schooner AGENORIA got on the beach on Wednesday at Whitby. The lifeboat capsized when close to her and three of the boats crew drowned.

Lloyd’s telegram – The ship SOUVENIR from Savannah, just arrived at Harve reports that on the 22nd of December she passed the ship ISAAC WEBB, from New York to Liverpool, in distress and trying to make to Azores to repair damage to stern and a leak, telegram from Lisbon states, the vessel reached Fayal on the 27th, December, leaking badly, cargo shifted and 3 crew had been washed overboard.

The Schooner CERES of Sunderland and the Brigantine VENUS of Southampton were in collision off Grimsby, yesterday both sustained damage.

The HENDRICK from Caen [at anchor] and a steamer were in collision at Nore yesterday, the former lost bowsprit and broke adrift.

The Brigantine GRAFTON, Dieppe for Swansea, before reported ashore at the, I. O. W, got off during the night and proceeded .

Flushing, January 12th, the Barque INDEPENDENZIA for Valparasio reported on the 2nd inst ashore ar Ra??meskens has floated and has been towed to Antwerp.

Gibralter, January 11th, The steamer LADY JOSYAN, was towed in here with her machinery out of order, by the steamer GOLDEN HORN.

Liverpool Journal, Jan 20th 1877

The OLD GEORGE IRLAM of Liverpool, lifeboat of the National Institute stationed at Drogheda, Ireland, on Thursday morning rendered valuable service to the shipwrecked crew of the screw steamer WRENIW, with coal from Newry, which drove ashore 2miles to the north of the river Boyne. There was a very rough sea, eleven lives were saved, the mate unfortunately was lost.

On Thursday morning during a heavy gale, the barque MANTA LASSIN of Trieste, struck on the Bush Sandbank, nr Cahore, County Wexford. The lifeboat rescued the crew of eleven and brought them ashore.

At 11 on Saturday morning the galley and deck house of the ship BIRMINGHAM, lying in the West Float, Birkenhead was discovered on fire. Mr DAVIES the piermaster and a number of men extinguished the fire within half an hour. The fire was caused by an over-heated stove in the galley, only slight injury was caused. The vessel belongs to Messers G. MILNE and Son, of Brunswick St, this town.

Telegram, from Oporto, the LUCY CROMPTON is ashore and part of her crew washed overboard.

An abandoned steamer was towed into Burnham on Monday being in a dangerous condition, she proved to be the screw steamer JONES BROTHERS of Newport, 850 tons, laden with coal, she was sinking and the crew were rescued.

Telegram Queenstown, Transatlantic steamer, STATE OF VIRGINIA from Clyde to New York with a large cargo of general goods and some passengers towed into Queenstown on Sunday with mainmast broken. She had been 23days at sea and had encountered some furious weather.

Telegram from Bordeaux, 13th inst, Schooner LOUISE DESIREE of Nantes bound for England with a cargo of oats, was lost on the 12 inst at Pointe de Combre. All crew, at least 5, drowned, Capt saved and landed.

Early on Tuesday morning as the London and North West express steamship, SHAMROCK, Capt BEAUMONT, was on her voyage from Holyhead, with passengers for Dublin, she collided with the schooner JOHN BRIGHT of Swansea, laden with pitwood from Waterford to Liverpool. The schooner was badly damaged and the crew taken off by the SHAMROCK’S boat. The SHAMROCK proceeded only slightly damaged.

Information received by Messers HICKSON SYKES and Co, of the foundering of their vessel NANCY BRYSSON, Capt HUGH, on a voyage from Pernambuco, starting Nov 28th last to New York with a cargo of sugar. The crew were saved and landed at Matanzas.

The Barque CRESSWELL on Tuesday at 2.30 am and the No2 pilot boat collided, the pilot boat had her foremast carried away and sustained damage to her bulwarks, the CRESSWELL was towed back her bowsprit gone.

The steamer J. B. ERMINSON at midnight on Wednesday came athwart the steamer BENBOW in the Sea Reach, Gravesend, while the latter was riding at anchor. The J. B. ERMINSON sank immediately.

Fair Island, Orkney, 7 men brought off, being part of the crew of the CARL CONSTANTINE, from Sheilds wrecked on the 6th December last. The carpenter was washed overboard, the Capt washed off the rocks as she struck, the rest were saved.

Telegram from Gibraltar, the ship TALISMAN of Greenock bound from Liverpool to Calcutta, with a full cargo was abandoned at sea, all crew saved and landed.

The schooner RECRUIT of Glasgow reported missing with a crew of 6. She left Labrador for Teignmouth with a full cargo on the 8th October last, there is no doubt she has foundered in the Atlantic, reg 131 tons, built 1870 in Nova Scotia.

Liverpool Journal, Sat, Jan 27th 1877

Shipping snippets

Serious charge against a Captain

In October last the Brig THERMUTHIS was lost near Padstow, a Board of Trade inquiry was held at Falmouth on the 2nd November last, and the board decided that the brig had been unnecessarily ran ashore, and that the master, William CARBINES should loose his certificate. The underwriters have now taken criminal proceedings against the master and he was apprehended at St Ives on Thursday, on a charge of casting away and destroying the vessel.

Captain’s certificate suspended

The Board of Trade inquiry into the stranding of the screw steamer KIRCH, belonging to Messers WILKIE and TURNBULL, North Sheilds, at Suling in November last, while on a voyage from Messina to Galatz, was concluded on Tuesday. The court considered Capt Richard Shortridge THOMPSON had been in default in endeavouring to enter the harbour at Sulina after dark, and suspended his certificate for 3mths.

5 men were drowned off Queenstown harbour on Monday, the boat had seven men on board, John MC CARTHY, Water clerk, J. LEARY, Bootmaker’s clerk, and boatsmen, Daniel FEENEY, John FLYNN, John KAFFA, John HAYES and A. DUNNING.

They put off from Ringabella Bay in a boiling sea and rowed out to the British barque, G. J. JONES, Capt EVANS, from Batavia, for orders, the water clerk and bootmaker’s clerk got on board, but the boat could not tow after, and let go. Shortly afterwards the Capt noticed through his glass the men standing on the thwarts, the boat having been nearly swamped, and on arrival at the harbour he reported the facts. Tugs were sent out and the boat was found bottom up, a mile south of Roche’s Point Light. Great indignation is felt in the town because the Capt did not heave to and save the drowning men.

February 22nd 1877

The INVERERNE, 744 tons, on a voyage from Java to the English Channel, reports from Batavia a few days ago as having foundered on the 1st Jan, off the west coast of the Sundu Islands, part of the crew saved, but, Capt FOREMAN and the mates are supposed drowned. The Capt and eight sailors last seen getting into the water-logged lifeboat. The survivors are, Thomas HARDING, John CAMPBELL, John DUFFY, Walter MACGOWAN.

At Bude yesterday the brigantine FORTITUDE of Maldon, 119 tons, bound from Swansea for Littlehampton with coals, foundered at the harbour entrance, all hands perished.

A Norwegian brigantine the ANTELOPE, capsized off Port Isaac on Tuesday and was totally wrecked, only one of the crew were saved.

The PRINCESS of Watchet, ROWE master, laden with coals for Falmouth, went ashore on the rocks at Gun-point Battery, the crew succeeded in landing in their own boats.

At Perranforth the French schooner ANEMONE ran upon the flat sands. The crew 4 men and a boy were in the rigging, but immediately after striking, the masts went overboard, the poor fellows were washed out to sea and drowned.

A Newlyn fishing boat was struck by a sea off the Lizard and Philip KELYNOCK, one of the crew, was washed overboard and drowned.

In Truro river, 12 miles from sea, 3 lighters laden with coal where caught by a squall and foundered, 7 men drowned, one man, John WARREN, was saved by boats from the shore.

The steamer BEVERLEY sailed from Dunkirk in ballast from Bilbao on the 11th inst, and yesterday ran ashore 6 miles north to the entrance of Bayonne. She is an iron screw steamer, 50 hp, 625 gross tons, 475 tons net, built at Hepburn by Messers A. LESLIE and Co in 1866, owned by Mr R. HOUGH of London. Her value is £10,000, and she is insured in the Northern Insurance clubs.

At Aberystwith on Tuesday night the schooner SARAH ELLEN of Chester bound with guano from Plymouth for Belfast, hove in sight with signals of distress, R.N.L Lifeboat was launched and after gallant and persistent efforts her crew were rescued. On reaching shore a member of the lifeboat crew, John JAMES, died from exhaustion.

Four lives were lost in the North Sea, 7 miles from Newarp Light, early on Tuesday morning. The brig EDITH of Whitstable, from Rochester for Shields in ballast, was run into and sunk by the steamer GILSTON of London. The master and mate of the EDITH succeeded in getting on the GILSTON and where landed at Great Yarmouth Sailor’s home yesterday morning, the remaining four crew went down with the vessel.

The IRESHOPE which on Monday was on fire at Anger has been towed to Banlan and run ashore there, she is still burning.

At Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, the schooner HELEN of Rye is ashore, her crew of three men where saved by the Donna Nook lifeboat.

Liverpool Journal, Feb 3rd 1877

Piratical seizure of steamer

Supposed murder of the captain and several crew

Information received at Manchester, the steamer MONTEZUMA with Manchester goods bound from St Thomas to Santiago and other ports on the Spanish Main has been captured by pirates, plundered and set on fire. It is supposed the captain and several crew are murdered. 20 crew were rescued by men belonging to another steamer on the Mosquito coast.

Destruction of a ship by lightening

On Tuesday Messers C. T. RUSSEL and Co the Liverpool agents of the ship DAKOTA, Capt E. O. DAY received information of the total destruction of the vessel by fire at sea while on a voyage from New Orleans to Liverpool with a cargo of cotton, the DAKOTA when in lat 4 L, 30N long, 37 50 W on the 7th inst was struck by lightening and set on fire. Efforts were made to extinguish the flames but without success, by daylight the decks had burnt completely through. A number of passengers, the captain and crew were compelled to abandon the vessel owing to the rapid increase of the flames. Boats were launched there was a heavy sea, but they succeeded in getting clear of the ship without accident. They decided to make for the Western Islands, on the evening of the 10th after being 2 days and nights in open boats, they were picked up by the German Brig HEDWIG, Capt KREFF and landed safely at Fayal. The captain of the DAKOTA expressed the highest praise to Capt KREFF for his kindness to them under the unfortunate circumstances. The DAKOTA was a large vessel of 1,400 tons and was lately built at Bath, Maine, where she was owned.

Collision on the river

The ZANELA an iron screw-steamer inward bound from Palmero and the PETUNIA a three-master schooner inward bound from Pernambuco came into collision in the Mersey at midnight on Wednesday. The steamer was struck amidships on the starboard side and seriously damaged, the schooner had considerable damage done to the bobstay and cutwater. The steamer was placed on the King’s Gridiron and her cargo discharged on the dock wall. She was subsequently safely docked, the damage will cost about £200. The damage to the schooner is not so great.


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