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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Alexandra   British  Mew Island near Belfast Lough  1877 

Alexandra : 
Owner McCullagh, Bargrave, and Murphy, of Dublin. 
Flag British  Builder Richardson Stockton-on-Tees 
Port Dublin  Build Date 1863 
Official No 45840  Material Iron 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 581 / 363 
Ship type Steam Ship  Dimensions 180 | 26.9 | 16.1
Ships Role  Cargo Ship  Rigging Style Schooner  2 Masts
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Mew Island near Belfast Lough 
Date Lost 29/01/1877  Captain Captain Burrell 
Cause Sank while under tow  Crew Lost
Position 54.41 N / 05.31 W  Passengers Lost   
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Iron steamship Alexandra Stranded, on the coast near Clogher Head, on the 3rd January 1877
Sank while under tow from Clogher Head to Belfast in the vicinity of the lighthouse at Mew Island entrance to Belfast Lough on 29/01/1877

Board of Trade Wreck Report

The Court having carefully inquired into the circumstances of the above-mentioned shipping casualties, finds, for the reasons stated in the annexed judgment,-

(1.) That the stranding of the vessel "Alexandra," on the 3rd of January last, was due partly to the breaking of the shaft of her screw propeller, and partly to the fact that her master, James Burrell, in crossing the channel, had not made any allowance for the flood tide, which drifted him far to the northward of his course.
The Court therefore reprimands Captain Burrell for his negligence, but returns to him his certificate.

(2.) That the foundering of the said vessel "Alexandra," on the 29th January last, was due to the neglect of Captain James Teulon and Captain George Morrison, in whose charge she was at the time, in allowing her to be towed out from the shelter of the land in order to round Copeland Island when her stern was low down in the water, and before the measures which were being taken to free the water from the lazarette were completed.

The Court accordingly strongly reprimands Captains Teulon and Morrison for their neglect.
The Court is also of opinion that there should be no costs of this investigation.
Dated this 4th day of May 1877.

REF : Board of Trade Wreck Report for Alexandra 1877

Record Created on  23/08/2008
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