THE LORD O'NEILL WRECKED ON THE KERRY COAST.
A DUBLIN AND BELFAST CREW
INTERVIEW WITH THE SECOND OFFICER.
RESCUED AFTER FOURTEEN HOURS IN OPEN BOATS.
The steamship Lord O'Neill trading between Dublin and Baltimore was wrecked on Thursday morning off the Blasket Islands on the Kerry coast. The Lord O'Neill was manned by a crew of thirty two hands Dublin and Belfast men who after fourteen hours in boats in the open sea were rescued by the Kincora of the Limerick Steamship Company and brought to Limerick this morning. The men suffered much by exposure.
The vessel struck the Isle of Vellanaoe about twelve o'clock and the crew had barely time to take to the lifeboats when the vessel began to go down. The cargo was miscellaneous principally for Dublin and Belfast and comprised a considerable quantity of poles for the Dublin electric tramways.
Our Limerick correspondent wires All the crew of the Lord O'Neill were Irishmen without exception hailing from Dublin and Belfast. From an interview with Mr. Johnson the second officer and Mr Wogers I learned that they were in the boats for fourteen hours eighteen in the starboard boat and fourteen in the port boat.
The steamer struck the rocks at 12.30 on Thursday morning and the port boat was not picked up by Kincora until 3.30 yesterday afternoon. The boats had separated and the men suffered greatly. They were all taken on board the Kincora where the utmost kindness was extended to them. All were made turn in and their clothes dried. Most of the crew leave here by the four o'clock mail for Dublin.
Freemans Journal ( Ireland ) Saturday January 22,1898