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|Eugenie||British||Ballycroneen Co Cork||1865|
|Flag||British||Builder||Built at New Brunswick|
|Ship type||Sail Vessel||Dimensions||189.2 | 36.1 | 22.5|
|Ships Role||Cargo Ship||Rigging Style||Full Rigged Ship|
|Wreck Location||Ballycroneen Co Cork|
|Cause||Driven ashore in a storm||Crew Lost||14|
|Position||51.48 N / 08.08 W||Passengers Lost|
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WRECK AND LOSS OF LIFE NEAR BALLYCRONEEN
Friday morning another wreck occurred off this harbor and within a couple of miles of Ballycroneen where the remains of the Ibis still are. In this case the vessel was a sailing ship a barque of close on 1200 tons burthen. She was called the Eugenie commanded by Captain McNaly of Sligo and with a crew of 25 hands 14 of whom including the captain have met a watery grave.
On the beach at Ballycroneen Bay were several persons engaged about the wreck of the Ibis but though they saw the vessel outside and comparatively close to them and in the most imminent peril could not render her any assistance indeed as much as they could do was to keep their footing during the violence of the wind and instances are mentioned where several had to catch each other to support themselves against the storm.
The masts were cut away to ease her but the sea beat still heavily upon her at times almost submerging her. Steps were at once taken for the saving of the crew. The vessel was not thirty yards from the shore and the coastguards had their lifebelts ready to throw to any of the men who might be washed off her. It was quite expected that all the crew would have been washed off so raging was the sea at the time but they clung around the after bulwarks which still stood and so far preserved themselves. After holding to her anchors for about ten minutes the vessel began to drift and in she came on the rocks against which she struck violently. On one she fastened and almost in a moment was smashed in two one part holding on the rock while the other was driven in shore.
The crew took refuge on the quarterdeck the after part of the ship holding up as firmly as does now the only portion of the Ibis remaining. In less than a minute the forward part of the ship ground as it was against the rocks yielded and went in pieces and the after part soon followed. Off it the crew were washed into the sea and through it they were seen struggling manfully for life. Spars and planks lay thick about them and at them they clutched with desparate energy some succeeding in catching them while others perished beneath the surf.
To those that were seen the coastguards threw lines and lifebelts and by this means some were saved-others were washed ashore more dead than alive; and when all saved were got together it was found that they did not number half of the crew. The captain was distinctly seen on the deck just before the vessel parted but since then he has not been found. He with 13 of his crew perished in the short passage between the ship and the shore.
Twelve of the crew have been saved and fourteen including the captain lost. The vessel was the Eugenie of Dublin bound from Liverpool to St.John N.B. with a general cargo but consisting principally of iron. The names of the crew saved are :- James Russell chief mate; Thomas Wilson second mate; Charles O'Hara brother in law of the captain; Thomas Flynn Edward Bridewell John Williams William Curtis Mark Selbege William Jenkins William Kelly Daniel Daly and Thomas Peterson a Norwegian.
The Belfast News-Letter Monday January 1 1866
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