A Deserted Ship.-- A large Brig about 400 tons burden laden with timber from Quebec and bound for Sunderland to which port she belongs called the "J. W. Collingwood, drifted into Roes Creek about eight miles north of Loop head at the month of the Shannon on Tuesday last water logged and abandoned by her crew.
The pilots and fisher men of the place at once boarded her and the circumstance having been reported to the Collector of Costoms in that city, this gentleman at once proceeded to take charge of her. She has a large quantity of water In her hold. -- Limerick Chronicle.
Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser Tuesday, November 25, 1856
LOSS OF THE Brig J.W. COLLINGWOOD
AND FEARFUL SUFFERINGS OF THE CREW.
" Captain Stamp, late Master of the lost Brig J.W Collingwood, of Sunderland, and the other survivors of the crew of that vessel have arrived at Sunderland and give the following particulars relatetive to the loss of that vessel
The J.W Collingwood left Quebec on the 29th of August and for upwards of a fortnight had tolerably favorable weather the winds while crossing the banks of Newfoundland were generally adverse On the 26th September when in lat.50.66 N , lon. 13.12 W , was overtaken by a gale from the N.W the sea rose very high and the ship labored very heavily.
Next morning she became leaky , the pumps were got to work and kept going but the water gained considerably. About 11 am after a part of the deck load had been thrown overboard the ship was struck by two heavy seas on the weather side which threw her over on to her starboard beam ends.
All the crew succeeded in getting on to the ships broadside except one boy an apprentice named Robert Brunekill who was unfortunately drowned the rigging was cut and the masts broke by the deck and the ship rose upright.
Every thing that was loose had fallen from off the deck when the ship was on her broadside and what was fast was washed over board so that the deck was completely swept and the ship rendered a waterlogged wreck
The provisions being all washed overboard the crew were reduced to starvation. The storm moderated and by the 30th the wind and sea were tolerably calm. During the eight days that the crew seven in number were on the wreck , they had no sustenance whatever except an old shoe in which grease was kept that was found after the storm , One of the crew happened to have a box of Lucifer matches in his pocket with which a light was obtained , and a fire was made the greasy shoe was roasted , divided and eaten
On the 2nd inst a Brig came near, which was of the same name as the wreck vis, the Collingwood of Glasgow The sea was heavy at the time but not so as to prevent the boat from being manned. A boat was put out of the Brig having a tow rope attached but no person went into her. she was towed past the wreck with a view for her to drive so near as to permit the crew to get into her she did not however go so close to the wreck as to admit of being boarded and all the wrecked crew were so weak and exhausted that none of them had strength to swim in such a sea Although the boat lived none of the Collingwoods crew seemed disposed to man the boat to save the lives of the unfortunate sufferers. Ultimately the boat was sent adrift and was seen by the wrecked crew for a considerable time afterwards.
The Collingwood proceded and left the helpless men to their fate , On the 5th inst another ship the Volga Captain Jefferson of Boston (US) , timber laden from StJohn for Hull hove insight of the wreck and beat up to her. A boat was put out and manned with five who took the crew off the wreck They were taken on Board the Vulga and treated with kind attention. On the 14th all the crew except the Master were by their own request but on shore at Dungeness. The Master continued onboard until the 17th, when the Volga Arrived at Hull where he safely landed.
Captain Stamp and Crew are very grateful for the extreme kindness they received while on board the Volga "
Daily News ( London ) Friday October 24,1856