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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
G A Pyke   British  Tuskar Rock Co Wexford  1878 

G A Pyke : 
Owner Mr. Patrick McKay 
Flag British  Builder Built at Pictou, Nova Scotia 
Port Ardrossan  Build Date 1871 
Official No 14298  Material Iron 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 159 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo Ship  Rigging Style Brigantine  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Tuskar Rock Co Wexford 
Date Lost 19/08/1878  Captain  
Cause Sank after a collision  Crew Lost
Position   Passengers Lost   
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The account which is given by the only survivor of the "G. A. Pyke" is as follows: She was a small vessel of 171 tons gross and 159 tons net, and was the property of Mr. Patrick McKay, and two other gentlemen, Mr. McKay being the managing owner.

She left Gravesend on the morning of Saturday the 6th of July last, bound with a cargo of 240 to 260 tons of cement to Dublin, and having a crew of six hands all told; and on the morning of Friday the 19th of the same month she had arrived in the neighbourhood of Tuscar.

Nothing particular occurred during the voyage, except that during the last seven or eight days she was found to be making so much water that it was necessary to pump her every half hour. That, no doubt, is a circumstance which Mr. Hill will bear in mind when he comes, if he has to do so, to settle the damages due to the owners of the "G. A. Pyke."

At 10 a.m. she was on the port tack, heading east by south, with the wind from northeast to north north-east, under all sail, and going at from 3 1/2 to 4 knots an hour. She had been since 5 o'clock of that morning in the midst of a dense fog.

What first attracted the attention of those on board the " G. A. Pyke" to the approaching steamer we do not know, for unfortunately all who were on board the brigantine, with the exception of one seaman named Hanrahan, were drowned.

According to the evidence of this man, it was his watch below, and the first intimation which he had. that the steamer was approaching was hearing one of the crew calling to them to turn out quick. He immediately did so, and on coming on deck he saw the steamer to windward some two or three points on the port bow, coming down fast upon them.

On going on deck he heard the master of the "G. A. Pyke" order the helm to be put up, and the vessel thereupon began to pay off, but almost immediately afterwards he ordered the helm to be put down, and the vessel then came up into the wind, and her sails began to shake. By that time the steamer was into them, striking them between the fore and main rigging on the port side, and cutting into the "G. A. Pyke" nearly across her main hatch.

The brigantine almost immediately sank, carrying everything with her. Of all on board Hanrahan alone seems to have come to the surface; on doing so heimmediately got hold of a portion of the wreckage, and in a very short time was rescued by one of the " Adriatic's" boats.

REF : Board of Trade Wreck Report for 'G. A. Pyke' and 'Adriatic', 1878

Record Created on  25/08/2008
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