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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Zuleika   British  Dingle Bay Co Kerry  1889 

Zuleika : 
Owner William Mulholland Belfast 
Flag British  Builder Built at Prince Edward Island 
Port Liverpool  Build Date 1866 
Official No 55981  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 249 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 111 | 25 | 12
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Brigantine  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Cooncrome Harbour Dingle Bay Co Kerry 
Date Lost 07/10/1889  Captain  
Cause Wrecked  Crew Lost  
Position 51.58 N / 10.16 W  Passengers Lost   
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VALENTIA. TUESDAY.- From about six o'clock p.m. yesterday until nine o'clock a.m. today a fierce gale swept over the south and west coast. During the night a large schooner The Zuleika of Belfast was cast on a reef of rocks about a mile west of Koungrown Harbour which lies three miles north of Caherciveen. The splendid ship was rapidly shattered to pieces and all hands lost.The little harbour is literally covered with debris which is gradually being washed ashore. The only portion of the vessel which remained whole was the cabin which was found on the beach this morning.

Mr. John B. Fitzgerald accompanied by the local coastguards visited the scene of the wreck at an early hour this morning. He entered the cabin and found a letter addressed to William Mulholland from his father John Mulholland bearing date Belfast 15th April 1889. A man aged about 35 years about 5 feet 10 inches in height of splendid physique dark haired with large fair moustache was washed ashore and was found lying on the beach this morning quite dead. His face was so disfigured that identification was impossible. He had a life belt round his waist. Is is supposed that he was the captain of the vessel.

The Zuleika was seen yesterday at 4.30 p.m. heading for the Blasket Islands. The wind changed to the west at 10.30 p.m. and was increasing in violence until about four this morning. At 10.30 a.m. today the lifeboat was seen bottom upwards and at the same time a dark object became visible at a distance of about 300 yards. This is supposed to be the body of another seaman. As it is still blowing a stiff gale towards the shore and as the wreckage is still coming in it is hoped the bodies of the rest of the crew will be cast ashore in the course of this day. The body of the unfortunate mariner cast ashore still lies on the beach.

The Zuleika is described as a Liverpool brigantine of 212 tons burthen 111 feet in length 25 feet in breadth and 12 feet in depth. W. Mulholland is entered as the owner. The "Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory" issued by the Marine Department of the Board of Trade shows the official number of the ship to be 55981.

The Zuleika was built at Prince Edward Island in 1866 and the name of William Mulholland 28 Prince's Street Belfast is entered under the heading. "Managing owner or part owner." The brigantine is a coasting vessel and the number of seamen employed on her varies according to circumstances. It is a considerable time ago since she visited Belfast and the last information received of her was a few weeks ago when a seaman named Quirey a native of Belfast met his death in a suspicious manner at Queenstown.

The Belfast News-Letter, Wednesday, October 9, 1889


Ref : American Lloyd's Register of American and Foreign Shipping (1883)

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