Coastguard Cutter

The Coastguard Cutter 2.12

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P169. Shipwreck and Loss of Ten Lives. 1841.

During the heavy gale of Wednesday morning, the 24th inst about 4 o’clock a.m. the schooner ‘James Cook’ of Limerick, bound from Sligo to Glasgow with oats, etc. struck on the Glashedy rocks in the bay on the west side of Malin Head and immediately went to pieces. The master and nine of the crew were unfortunately lost. One man, James Fitzgerald was providently saved, being cast upon the above mentioned rock, where he remained till Thursday, the weather being too rough on Wednesday to allow a boat to venture out to his rescue. At daylight on Thursday morning the weather being more moderate the Dunaff Coastguards galley and a number of country boats put off to the island and the survivor was brought ashore in a very emaciated and exhausted state. The Coastguard officers and constabulary are protecting the wreck, but nothing has come ashore except a part of the two lower masts and some of the bulwarks, hatches and broken spars. (Derry Sentinal)

Reference; The Cork Examiner 1 December 1841.



P222. Accident at Kilrush Coastguard dead. 1866.

On yesterday evening at 4.30, Capt.Jones of this Coastguard district, his brother, and a Coastguard named Newman, took one of their fine boats to have a cruise on the Shannon, between Hogg Island and the Kerry coast. There was a very heavy sea at the time, the wind blowing very severe, squally gales. Scarcely had they made the middle of the river, when the boat upset, precipitating the three into the river. Capt.Jones and his brother held on to the boat until their condition was observed from the shore, and they were rescued in a state of sheer exhaustion and semi-nudity. Poor Newman was rapidly swept away by the sweeping sea and, no doubt, has perished. He leaves a motherless family of six children to lament his untimely end.

Reference; The Irish Times 17 September 1866.



O169. The Night of the Big Wind, 1839.

Roundstone, Co.Galway. We learn that twelve men of the Roundstone Coastguard, have been drowned, during the gale, the body of one only washed on shore during Monday. (L.C.) -Limerick Chronicle.

Reference; “The Night of the Big Wind” by Peter Carr. 1993.



O253."Memphis’ Wreck. 1896.

Since the wreck of the steamer ‘Memphis’ the coast around here and along towards the Mizen is one mass of wreckage which is being washed ashore or seawards in all directions. Enormous quantities of it are still being salved for the Underwriters, and needless to say greater portions of it still are been found and kept. It appears Coastguards and the Custom Officers have got some clues concerning the probable whereabouts of some of the butter, cheese, meats etc. With the view to making searches they have procured search warrants and armed with them a pretty general search is being made at the present.

Reference; The Southern Star. 2 December 1896.



O271. Narrow Rescue from Drowning. 1884.

Gallant conduct of a Coastguard. A young woman, named Mary Roddy, and a Coastguard named, James Barnes, had rather an extraordinary escape fro drowning in Dundalk river on Saturday night. At the Coastguard’s Station, Soldier’s Point, about a mile from Dundalk, there is a ferry to the north side of Dundalk Bay, at a place called Bellurgan Point. On Saturday night, Mary Roddy wished to cross from Soldier’s Point to Bellurgan, where she resides. The ferryman would not put out , owing to the dense fog prevailing; but a Coastguard named James Barnes volunteered to carry the girl over in a flat bottomed fishing punt. When less than half across the river, the fog came down upon them, and a strong tide running, the boat was swept out into the bay. The boat, owing to some open seams, sank, and Barnes and the girl were left struggling in the water. The girl was swept along seawards, but Barnes gallantly swam after her, and the boat having risen to the surface, he brought her to it, and holding on by the sides for three hours and a half, the pair were swept along into the bay. The girl through exhaustion, had to let go her hold of the boat several times, but Barnes still came to her rescue, and ultimately their cries attracted the keeper of the lighthouse, and they were rescued from their perilous position. The girl was thoroughly exhausted, and still remains in a precarious condition. Barnes seems little the worse of his adventure, and his brave conduct, under the circumstances, meets with general praise.

Reference; The Irish Times 16 August 1884.



O331. Landing in Ireland Described. 1918.

Describing the landing of Dowling in Ireland, Sir Archibald said that on the morning of the 12th April of this year some fishermen going out to their nets from Doolin Harbour, on Clare coast noticed a man waving a handkerchief on Crab Island, about a quarter of a mile from the shore. Asked how he got there ,Dowling had said he had been on a boat named the Mississippi , which had been torpedoed, and had been the only one in a boat when he was ashore, and the boat was smashed to pieces. He was taken to a pier at Ennistymon and landed, and was good enough to present 5s. to the fisherman. A Coastguard asked Dowling for his authority to land, and he described himself as a shipwrecked man from the Mississippi, torpedoed 10 miles off the Arran Islands about 9.30 o’clock the previous evening. He gave his name as James O’Brien. Later he went to a bank and changed £31 of silver into Bank of Ireland notes. He said he came from Mallow, and came from the United States to see his friends before joining up in the United States Army. Later he was sent under escort to London. At Scotland Yard when addressed as “O’Brien “ accused said ; “Don’t call me that; my name is Dowling”

Reference; The Irish Times 13 July 1918.



O398. Revenue Cutter and Prize. 1855

Considerable interest was excited in Queenstown on Saturday by the intelligence that a Russian vessel had been made a prize of by the Revenue Cutter ‘Eliza’ of Kinsale, Mr.O’Malley, Commander. The vessel which bears the name ‘Maria’, Anthwerp, is a schooner of 122 tons and has on board a cargo of hides and horns from Rio Grande. She was boarded by the Captain of the Cutter, who requested the ship’s papers, declared the vessel a prize, hauled down the the Belgian flag which was flying at the peak, and substituted the English, and placed four men of the Revenue Service in charge. On Saturday evening the captain of the schooner, who had been made a prisioner of war, was to be seen walking about Queenstown, attended closely by two men of the revenue service. (Cork Examiner)

Reference; The Times London 1 November 1855.



P460. A Clever Coastguard Arrest. 1891

On Sunday morning a clever arrest was made at Spiddal, Co.Galway, by Mr.James Kelland, who has long been second boatman of the local Coastguard, of three men who were engaged in using a net in the estuary, and were in the act of hauling ashore a heavy catch of fish when surprised. It is to be hoped that Mr.Kelland’s disinterestedness will have a salutary effect upon this form of poaching, which had become a scandal upon many of our rivers.

Reference; The Irish Times 15 August 1891.
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