Wrecks List
Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Wear   British  Ballycotton Co Cork  1823 

Wear : 
Owner Gibbs & Co 
Flag British  Builder Built at Bristol 
Port Bristol  Build Date 1820 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 446 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo / Passenger  Rigging Style Full Rigged Ship  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Ballycotton Co Cork 
Date Lost 08/01/1823  Captain Emmerson 
Cause Driven ashore  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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BALLYCOTTON JAN.2 - Perhaps it has seldom been your lot to announce a more melancholy instance of shipwreck than took place a little to the southward of Ballycotton about eight o'clock on the evening of the 1st instant the fine ship Weare of and from Bristol Emmerson master consigned as we are informed to Cuthbert and Co. of your city (the crew and passengers amounting to about thirty-six) went to pieces on that dreadful coast and only thirteen are survivors. The Captain is lost but the first and second Mates are among the happy few who escaped.

It is not the least melancholy circumstance of this awful catastrophe that one of your respectable fellow citizens a trader whose name the writer does not give from obvious motives has met a watery grave. A lady whose name and connections we were unable to assertain but who was returning from the West Indies it is supposed where she had acquired considerable property to spend the remainder of her days with her friends in the South of Ireland was also one of those who perished. The screams and shrieks of this unhappy woman were heard distinctly from the shore and the agonizing fervour with which she addressed her infant child that perished with her was truly heartrending.

The boldness of the coast and fury of the storm would prevent the most feeling and intrepid humanity from affording the least assistance. Those who have escaped seem at a loss to know how it happened but from the memory of the intelligent second Mate it appears the vessel carried some sail when she struck and the wind southing threw her occasionally on her beams end towards shore and those who were clinging to her masts and rigging would drop themselves at the moment they could approach the parallel position with the surrounding rocks.

The vessel was not very valuably laden but we are informed that property to a considerable amount was on board. The water guard under the command of their respectable officer on this coast kept up the strictest watch and to the honour of the peasantry be it said not the least disposition to plunder has manifested itself.

Every attention is paid to the poor survivors and the bodies that came ashore by the gentry of this neighbourhood particularly the amiable and humane Mrs. Foster of Ballymalloo Castle whose exertions on this melancholy occasion are entitled to the most general approbation. Any other particulars of consequence that come to light you will be made acquainted with immediately.

The Morning Chronicle ( London ) Wednesday , January 8 , 1823

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