|Total Records: 1|
|John Milne||British||Coast of Co Down||1890|
|John Milne :|
|Owner||Natal Harbour Board, Natal|
|Flag||British||Builder||William Simons & Co Renfrew|
|Ship type||Hopper Barge||Dimensions||132.5 | 26 | 10|
|Ships Role||Rigging Style|
|Wreck Location||South Rock Lighthouse Coast of Co Down|
|Cause||Lost at sea||Crew Lost|
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DISASTER IN THE IRISH SEA.
SIXTEEN MEN ESCAPE DROWNING. Liverpool, Monday
Yesterday afternoon the Sligo, steamer, Sligo Captain Patterson landed in the Clarence Dock Liverpool sixteen men belonging to the steam hopper barge John Milne Captain Elliott bound from Glasgow to Port Natal.
On Saturday night and during the early hours of yesterday morning a heavy gale was blowing in the Irish Channel and after having been struck by several heavy seas the barge which was in ballast and had on board about 250 tons of coal for her own use suddenly gave indications that she was about to founder.
The crew who were sixteen in number had barely sufficient time to launch their lifeboat and had scarcely time to scramble into it before their vessel entirely disappeared yet not with standing the heavy sea which was running and the crowded state of the boat which was only a small one the men managed to keep it afloat until they were sighted by the steamer Sligo about two hours after their vessel had sunk.
Captain Patterson of the steamer had noticed the small boat tossing about between the isle of Man and the County Down coast and he stopped his vessel at considerable risk in order to come to her assistance he was successful in transferring the whole of the sixteen men from the boat to his own vessel.
Freeman's Journal , Tuesday, November 4, 1890
The John Milne of and from Renfrew for South Africa foundered at 3 o'clock on Sunday off the South Rock Lighthouse ,coast of Down. The captain and crew have been landed at Liverpool by the Sligo (s). The crew escaped in a small boat being only partially dressed and they suffered severly during the night untill they were picked up at day break by the Sligo.
Glasgow Herald Nov 4, 1890
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