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|Earl Of Roden||British||Poor Head Co Cork||1843|
|Earl Of Roden :|
|Flag||British||Builder||C.& J.Smith Liverpool|
|Ship type||Paddle Steamer||Dimensions||| ||
|Ships Role||Passenger/Cargo||Rigging Style|
|Wreck Location||Poor Head Co Cork|
|Cause||Ran a Ground||Crew Lost|
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LOSS OF THE EARL OF RODEN STEAMER
We announced yesterday the loss of this useful vessel and have since learned that a number of pigs which formed part of the cargo have been saved. Confident expectations are entertained that the remainder of the cargo will be eventually preserved The crew and passengers succeeded in reaching the shore. The vessel lies stranded quite dry at low water and is expected to go to pieces.
The following particulars we take from the Southern Reporter:-
About twelve o'clock the vessel while labouring in a heavy sea sprung a leak which gained considerably on her by two o'clock at which time the engine having become disabled and the vessel lying a helpless mass in the water the captain by great exertions ran her on shore near Poorhead in the only place where it was possible to save either life or property on that iron-bound coast. Had she been driven in a mile on either side she must inevitably have gone to pieces at once and all on board perished.
She lay last night high and dry at low water on the strand with a very heavy sea breaking over her and from her disabled state she was not expected to hold together until morning. The coast guard are in possession of the vessel and the police from the neighbouring station were in attendance but not it was feared in sufficient force to protect the propetty. Messengers had been sent to Cork and Spike Island for military assistance as several of the packages landed were plundered by the country people and carried off in spite of the small force present.
Captain Key the commander had received some serious injuries and was taken to Cloyne where every attention was paid to him and the crew.
At eleven o'clock this morning another messenger arrived from the wreck who states that she still holds together though there is no hope of saving any material portion of her. The plunder had been going on during the night and unless they were able to procure storage for what remained today or to obtain a sufficient force to protect it , it was thought that a vast quantity would be carried off. A party of the 5th Fusileers from Spike Island had arrived and the general of the district Sir Octavius Carey had upon a requisition presented to him by the officers of the Saint George Steam Packet Company issued orders to have a complete force immediately despatched to the spot.
The cabin furniture beds &c had been landed and the crew and passengers were all safe. The cargo belonged to several iminent provision houses in this city and its value is estimated at a very large amount. Messrs. Burke Brothers; Gamble and Co. Adams Brothers, Martin Jennings Lunbam and Thompson were the principal shippers.
Freeman's Journal (Dublin Ireland) Saturday March 25 1843
THE EARL OF RODEN STEAMER. - We have been requested to state and we do so with the highest pleasure that the reports which appeared in this as well as in other journals of plunder to a considerable amount having taken place from the property of this ill-fated vessel are totally without foundation. For the honour of our poor countrymen we are glad to be able to give this contradiction to a statement which if true would put them on a par with the Cornwall wreckers. There were a few attempt at taking away small matters of little value but owing to the invaluable exertions of the Rev. Messers. Russel and Burton the exemplarly Catholic clergymen of the district who allowed the people to work on Lady Day in saving the property the entire cargo is deposited in a place of security. The resident magistrate of the district also in his report to Government on the matter bears honourable testimony to the zeal and honesty of the people in saving the property of the Earl of Roden.
The Belfast News-Letter (BelfastIreland) Tuesday April 11 1843
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