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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Earl Of Roden   British  Poor Head Co Cork  1843 

Earl Of Roden : 
Flag British  Builder C.& J.Smith Liverpool 
Port Cork  Build Date 1826 
Official No   Material  
    Tonnage nrt/grt 205 
Ship type Paddle Steamer  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Passenger/Cargo  Rigging Style   
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Poor Head Co Cork 
Date Lost 22/03/1843  Captain Key 
Cause Ran a Ground  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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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:-
"The Earl of Roden Steamer Captain Key left Passage at eight o'clock on Tuesday morning for London having on board a very large and valuable cargo consisting principally of cured provisions a large deck freight of livestock &c. The weather during the day had been rough but not so as to excite any serious apprehensions till towards evening when it became squally with very heavy rain and a strong gale from the S.E. which continued with unabated violence during the night.

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.
-- Cork Examiner.

The Belfast News-Letter (BelfastIreland) Tuesday April 11 1843

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