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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Golden Star   American  Baginbun Head Co Wexford  1860 

Golden Star : 
Owner N. Thompson & Co 
Flag American  Builder Emmons & Littlefield Kennebunk 
Port Boston  Build Date 1856 
Official No   Material Oak - Hackmatac 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 1186 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 188 | 39 | 21
Ships Role  Cargo Ship   Rigging Style Full Rigged Ship  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Carnivan Point Baginbun Head Co Wexford 
Date Lost 28/12/1860  Captain William Henry Staple 
Cause Driven Ashore  Crew Lost 18 
Position 52.10 N / 06.50 W  Passengers Lost   
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Waterford, Monday

Intelligence has been received here that the ship Golden Star Captain Stables of Boston bound from Mobile to Liverpool with cotton has been totally lost at Dunraven head at about ten o'clock on Saturday night after cutting away her three masts. She parted with two anchors and went ashore where she almost immediately went to pieces. The captain and his wife and fifteen of the crew perished. The survivors are the chief mate and six of the crew.

The Belfast News Letter Tuesday, January 1,1861


The Waterford Mail gives the following particulars of the loss of this vessel briefly reported in our columns yestereday:- " We deeply regret to have to announce an extensively fatal shipwreck in the vicinity of the mouth of this harbour on Saturday night that of the United States ship Golden Star, William Henry Staple, master on the shore of the County Wexford between Bagenbun Head and Hook Tower.

Early on Saturday afternoon the vessel was caught by a south-easterly gale, about the Saltees. Unable to pursue her voyage up channel the storm preventing her from weathering the Saltees and other outlying rocks she had to stand in towards the shore and soon after let go anchors. They were not sufficient at all to keep her in position until the masts were cut away. The vessel then held to the anchors for some time but about ten o'clock she drove ashore on rocks below Bagenbun Head. In half an hour she broke up and eighteen persons were drowned, including the master and his wife the stewardess, the second mate, the carpenter, the cook, ten seamen, and two boys, The first mate, Charles Peabody, and seven sailors were saved.

The ship, of about 1,200 tons burthen was from Mobile bound for Liverpool laden with cotton a large portion of which is likely to be recovered. She struck at Carnivan Point the southern headland of Petit's Bay a cove about three miles above Hook Tower. The cliffs under which the vessel struck are quite precipitous and at least 100 feet above the level of the sea and it is miraculous how any of the crew were saved as the vessel broke up very rapidly.

The coast for several miles from Hook Tower is strewed with cotton and the timber of the wreck. A large number of persons collected on Monday in the neighbourhood and they could discern the bodies floating in the water but were unable to rescue them. The captain and his wife were seen floating locked together and it would seem as if this ill-fated couple remained on deck to the last and that the captain fastened his wife to him in the hope that he would save her. "

Daily News (London, England), Thursday, January 3, 1861

REF :American Lloyd's Register of American and Foreign Shipping, 1861

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