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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Elizabeth McLea   British  Liscannor Bay Co Clare  1894 

Elizabeth McLea : 
Owner J Horan, Arklow  
Flag British  Builder Robert Steele & Company Greenock 
Port Bristol  Build Date 1860 
Official No 27820  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 128 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 99.7 | 20.2 | 10.8
Ships Role  Cargo Ship  Rigging Style Brigantine  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Liscannor Bay Co Clare 
Date Lost 28/12/1894  Captain J. Horan 
Cause Stranded  Crew Lost  
Position 52.56 N / 09.22 W  Passengers Lost   
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Rescue Of The Crew

Limerick , Monday. On Friday morning a severe gale was blowing from the north-west, which increased in violence as the evening approached. The brigantine vessel Elizabeth McLea of Bristol owned by her Captain James Horan of Arklow put out from Liscannor to sea at six a.m. on Friday laden with flags from the Liscannor quarries.

When midway in the bay a gale was blowing strongly which gradually increased and at eight a.m. the crew were obliged to cast anchor At 5.50 p.m. the anchor chain snapped on the southern side and the vessel drifted in on the Lahinch strand at the northern side of the village and there got embedded in the sand.

At this time the sea was running so high the crew had to take to the rigging or else they would have been swept overboard At eight pm.m the tide was ebbing and the crew were able to go down on deck from their perilous position They threw up a signal which was seen by the Lahinch constabulary and Sergeant Hourihan with Constable Moynihan, Young and Connor at once proceeded to the rescue.

They succeeded in nearing the vessel being to their waists in water, and by the aid of a rope were successful in bringing the crew safely on shore. They immediately brought the rescued men to the barrack where they provided them with food, stimulants and dry clothing.

The coastguards arrived on the scene at 1.30 a.m. but at this time all that could possibly have been done was performed by the constabulary. No attempt was made to reboard the vessel until 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, when the crew accompanied by Sergeant Hourihan with Constables Sullivan, Connor and others rendered every assistance in their power to save the wrecked property. The ship was not insured but the cargo was.

Freemans Journal Tuesday, January 1, 1895

Stranded on the beach at Lahinch, with a cargo of stone from Liscannor, she settled in the sand and could not be budged.
From time to time the sands shift and the keel of the vessel becomes visible, the valuable cargo of stone was recovered in the late 1980s by a local man (O'Connor) whose grandfather had purchased the cargo from the Lloyds agent in 1894.

Record Created on  10/12/2008
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