Coastguard Cutter

The Coastguard Cutter 2.9

-> Tony on June 25 2015
The Coastguard Cutter 2.9
July/August 2015. Issue 9.


A coastguard meets a pirate on the dock. The pirate has a peg leg, a hook, and an eye patch. "How'd you end up with a peg leg?" asks the coastguard. "I was swept overboard in a storm," says the pirate. "A shark bit off me whole leg." "Wow!" said the coastguard. "What about the hook!" "We were boarding an enemy ship, battling the other seamen with swords. One of them cut me hand clean off." "Incredible!" remarked the coastguard. "And the eye patch?" "A seagull dropping fell in me eye," replied the pirate. "You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?" the coastguard asked incredulously. Said the pirate, "It was me first day with the hook."

Q105. Royal George. Kingstown. 1865.

An entertainment took place on this Coastguard ship this evening to celebrate the 18th birthday of Captain De Courcey’s daughter. The invited guests from shore were taken over in boats, covered to shelter them from the rain. The upper deck of the ship was enclosed with an awning reaching from fore-mast to mizzen-rigging, and the interior was decorated with flags. Dancing which took place on the main deck, lasted for several hours. The orchestra was provided from the shore for the occasion.

Reference; The Irish Times 8 February 1865.

G96.Smuggling Arthurstown.

On Saturday last the ‘Ratchford’, Captain Flavin, was seized by the Arthurstown Coast Guard Officer, a small quantity of tobacco was found aboard. The Captain and crew were marched off to Wexford, according to the regulation of the new municipal act, but the Captains bail was paid in Ross and he was liberated. The passengers and cargo were detained at Arthurstown, but have been since relieved from seizure and came up to Waterford. It is a great hardship to shipowners and passengers to be thus annoyed on account of a trifling quantity of tobacco being detected with the crew, or very often with one individual. In this respect the law would bear some improvement. (Waterford Mirror)
Reference; Morning Register Friday 30th.December 1842.

G95. Salvage Case.

R.K.Thompson, Chief Officer of the Waterguard station at Clogher head A Owners of the brig ‘Craigievar’ of Montrose. This day the above case was heard before James O Callaghan Esq., and – Crofton Esq.,sm. The Waterguard claimed 1,000L for going on board the vessel in Clogher Head Bay, on the 11th.inst., where she took the ground at low water, and assisting to work the vessel off – the owners of the vessel resisted the claim as extravagant and after a long investigation, the Water-guards (six in number) were awarded 10s. each for their services, thus reducing their claim to three pounds. Agent for the Water-guards, Mr.Purcell: for the owners of the vessel Messrs Gartlan & Rogers.
(Dundalk 29th.July 1842 Evening Post)

Reference; Morning Register; Monday 1st.August 1842

G166. Petty Sessions.

On Tuesday at Tarbert Petty sessions James Barrett and William Barry, seamen on board the brig ‘Good Intent’ were brought by Lieut. Laurence, Officer of the Waterguards before the Magistrates charged with having 30 lbs. of tobacco in their possession, in Tarbert, on Friday night last. The seamen admitted the charge and were sentenced by the bench to serve five years on board on of His Majesty’s ships of war. Lieut. Laurence on examining the brig discovered some more tobacco, some boxes of cigars and some tea.

Reference; Saunders News Letter Friday 18th.November 1831.

P192. Ballyglass station. 1920

At 2 o’clock on Monday morning a police patrol at Belmullet, Co.Mayo, surprised a large party of civilians who were engaged in destroying by fire the Ballyglass Coastguard Station. The raiders fired on the patrol, and after a brief exchange of shots the raiders were dispersed, but not before four of their number had been arrested. None of the police was injured. It is not known whether any of the raiders were wounded. The coastguard station was practically destroyed.

Reference; The Irish Times 4 September 1920.

P223. Fire in Howth harbour. 1866.

To the Editor of the Irish Times. Ringsend 15 September 1866.

Sir,- On looking over Irish Times of the 10th inst. this morning I observed in it “Alarm of Fire – a large sized barge moored near the North Wall” I beg to state that the information is incorrect. It was the South side, and not the North as stated; it was alongside of Paul and Vincent’s Wharf. The Coastguard on duty was the first to observe the fire, at 1.30 a.m., and with the chief officer and four of his crew removed the burning lighter which lay between the brig ‘Alexander’ of Whitehaven and Paul and Vincent’s Wharf, and scuttled her, After the lighter was sunk and the fire nearly out the Fire Brigade arrived. Captain Ingram requested to be put on board the sunken lighter, which was done, and two of his men. The only fire then being visible being a small portion of the cabin deck. The damage done is estimated at £50.

I am, sir, your obedient servant. A Coastguard.

Reference; The Irish Times. 18 September 1866.

P299. Cask at Crookhaven 1860.

On the 4th. Inst., Constable Hickey stationed at Goleen, near Crookhaven, having received information that a large cask found on the shore of Dunmanus Bay, had been taken away by the country people in the neighbourhood, proceeded with his party to the house of William Hodnet, about a quarter of a mile from the shore, where he discovered a cask containing about 80 gallons of rum, part of which was in bowls and cups, concealed in a cupboard. He arrested the owner of the house, and having left some of his party in charge of him and the cask, went to make further search along the coast, where he succeeded in finding two more casks containing about 80 gallons each. All of which he gave into the safe keeping of the Coastguards at Crookhaven. The man in whose house the first cask was found was brought before Mr.Davys, R.M. at Goleen Petty Sessions this day.

Reference; The Irish Times 11 January 1860.

P335.Fishery Case. 1862.

Mr.Augustus Brophy summoned a number of Fishermen from Greystones for killing a salmon in the tide-way. One of the Coastguards named William Burdett, proved the case. Counsel for the defendants urged that the capture was not intentional – a view in which the majority of the board concurred. Case dismissed

Reference; The Irish Times 22 September 1862.

O242. Distressing Accident in the South. 1908.

Last evening a very sad accident took place at Crookhaven Harbour, by which two boys, named Brennan and Heath, aged 4 years lost their lives. They were only missed from their homes a little while, their fathers, Coastguards Brennan and Heath, with the Coastguard Officer and men and women of the station being engaged with the usual visit of the Inspector at the time. Nobody witnessed the sad occurrence, but it is supposed the two lads, who were inseparable, were trying to get into the boat near the old quay at Rock Island, and must have fallen in. A younger child gave the alarm. When found floating they were quite dead, though warm, and persistent and long continued efforts were made at resuscitation without avail. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents

Reference; The Irish Independent 14 May 1908.

Time spent at a Station. 5a

The average time for a man to remain on one Station was between three or four years, the strict rule of the service being that it should not exceed five in any circumstances. Where it was possible, and provided the man’s conduct did not call for a particularly disadvantageous spot for his appointment , every effort was made to interchange men from “forward” to “backward” stations - that is good and bad – and vice versa in order to give the men some chance of comfort and also to provide for the education of the children. The general test of a good station in fact was what chance it gave to the kiddies to go to school.

Reference: ‘His Majesty’s Coastguard’ by Frank Bowen

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