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Shipwrecks in Dungarvan


Waterford News 5 April 1850.

Dungarvan, 4 April 1850

We have had very stormy weather here for the last week, accompanied with heavy rain, which still continues to fall in torrents.  The tide rose very high and broke across the fields at Abbeyside as far as the new road.

The vessels were driven ashore in Ardmore Bay on Saturday last.  One of them (the brig ‘Grace’, of Newcastle, Captain Thompson, and bound to Cork from Alexandria) was laden with wheat, and the other with iron.  The crew of the latter were all saved by the exertions of the Ardmore fishermen, who bravely risked their own lives in rescuing them from a watery grave.  Nine of the hands of the Grace were unfortunately lost, and two only were saved.  She became a total wreck, and her cargo was all destroyed.  Some portion of it was scattered on the beach and carried away.  The iron-laden vessel was much injured, but she may be yet got out of the bay.

The brig ‘Kate’, of Dublin, Captain William. C. Mason, bound from Cadiz to Dublin, laden with wine and corkwood, was through stress of weather, obliged to take a pilot at Helvick Head, on Friday evening to bring her into this pool.  The gale was so strong that she dragged her anchor, and drifted up on the black strand, where she now lies in a dangerous position.  Crew were saved, and the cargo has been discharged by J. Dower, Esq., Lloyd’s agent for this port.  Great merit is due to Lieutenant Carmichael for the services he rendered in this case.

The schooner ‘Hibernia’, of Youghal, laden with coals, bound for Newport from Youghal, was near being stranded at the pool of this harbour on the evening of the 29th, and had to slip her anchor.  She soon after got in here having lost a part of her sails, and with eight feet of water in her hold.  

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