The Loss of the "Skiddy"

Reporting to owners the loss of the ship the J.R. Skiddy.

Cahore, Gorey. 3 April 1850.

"Messrs Sands & Co." - Gentlemen, It has become my melancholy duty to inform you of the total loss of the ship J.R.Skiddy, on Glascarrick Beach, Co. Wexford, on this night of the 1st.of April at half-past 11, being very thick and raining at the time, and having mistaken the light on Arklow Bank for Tuscar. I had seen Bardsey Island at 9 o'clock the same morning, and steered a course which I judged would carry me about midway between Smalls and Tuscar, but by some unaccountable means the ship was drifted materially out of her course by the tides. I am happy to inform you that the passengers and crew were landed in safety, also the greatest part of the baggage in good order, and shall probably save the remainder in a damaged condition. I have also saved the sails, rigging and part of the stores.

The ship lies within 200 yards of the beach, bulged and very quiet, the water over the lower deck. If the weather keep moderate, some part of the cargo may be saved in a damaged condition . I have abandoned the ship to Lloyds agent, who has men, now employed bending the sails etc. I think the natives of this part of the country are the most abandoned set of villians it has ever been my misfortune to fall in with. They commenced robbing and plundering the moment they came on board; and as a boatload of luggage or stores landed, they were immediately seized on by the lawless villians, in defiance of the Coastguards and Police.

Yours very respectfully. "J.Shipley" (1)

The Charge against the Crew of the 'John R. Skiddy'

On Saturday several of the passengers who were aboard the J.R. Skiddy lately wrecked on the Irish coast, appeared before His Worship the Mayor, at the Town Hall ,Liverpool, in support of a memorial complaining of the crew, by where it was alleged the passengers had been shamefully illused and plundered. It is stated in the memorial that the sailors, including the mates, were very abusive to the female passengers and children , some of whom were knocked down and trodden on, whilst the men were on deck, particularly the females. A portion of the crew went below and broke open the boxes and other packages belonging to the passengers, their object being to possess themselves of the cash, in doing which much property was destroyed. The memorialists further state, that, so far from the Irish being the abandoned set of villians described by the captain, they behaved with kindness, many signal acts of which were experienced by the passengers. The memorial is signed by one dozen people, who represent their losses at sums varying from £20 to £60.

A number of the parties complaining were examined by the Mayor and Mr.Rushton, but their statements were very confused and indefinite, no single case of the nature complained of being spoken to; and eventually the matter was left to the investigation of Lieutenant Hudden, the Government emigration agent. (1)


  1. Dublin Evening Post Tuesday 9th.April 1850

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