|Total Records: 1|
|Aurora||British||Loop Head Co Clare||1814|
|Ship type||Sail Vessel||Dimensions||| ||
|Ships Role||Cargo Ship||Rigging Style|
|Wreck Location||Loop Head Co Clare|
|Date Lost||01/10/1814||Captain||Captain M'Caver|
|Cause||Scuttled at Sea||Crew Lost|
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LOSS OF THE AURORA
The loss of this vessel which sailed from Belfast with a valuable cargo for Quebec and joined a convoy at Cork, has been attended with some circumstances of a peculiar nature The following particulars we have reason to think are correct.
It appears by the evidence of two of the passengers Mr Cupples and Mr Nixon that the Aurora sailed from Cork the beginning of September with the convoy and kept company for four or five days. She experienced rough weather till the 25th when in a heavy gale she sprung her fore top mast injured her bowsprit and had the jolly boat carried away from the stern.
The master and mate at this time quarreled and it was resolved to navigate the ship back to Ireland.
The boat with the passengers and ships company made the land to the northward of Loopshead and were in great danger of being lost among the tremendous rocks on that part of the coast with the assistance of the country people however they all got ashore When the boat drifted to sea. Two fishermen went off in their canoe to recover her, but, we are sorry to add they unfortunately fell victims to their temerity as their canoe was upset and they both perished.
Captain M'Caver having returned to this part of the country , through the active exertions of Mr Fearas one of the magistrates of this town and Mr Gelston of Portaferry owner of the vessel he was on Saturday apprehended in this town and given in charge to a constable to be conveyed to Carrick fergus jail but it seems by some unaccountable neglect he effected his escape. A reward has been offered for his apprehension.
Immediately after the Captain's apprehension Mr Gelstom set off for Portaferry and had the mate taken into custody and lodged him in Downpatrick jail. Captain M'Caver was we understand formerly of the Sally which was lost.
From the Belfast News Letter 01/10/1814
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