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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Onward   British  Fenit Co kerry  1877 

Onward : 
Owner Hoskin Brothers 
Flag British  Builder Asplett Jersey 
Port Swansea  Build Date 1859 
Official No 28053  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 99 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 82.7 | 19.5 | 10.7
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Schooner  2 Masts
Super Structure
Wreck Location Barrow Strand Fenit Co kerry 
Date Lost 14/01/1877  Captain  
Cause Driven ashore  Crew Lost  
Position 52.17 N / 09.53 W  Passengers Lost   
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From our correspondent.
Tralee Tuesday.

Details have just reached town of the wreck of the Schooner Onward from Swansea to Tralee and the rescue of the crew. The Onward was laden with coals and she went ashore in Ballyheigue Bay on Sunday morning about eleven o clock the wind blowing fresh from the south west and a heavy sea on. The captain and crew had to take to there boats and after a long pull against a head wind and through a heavy sea they reached the Samphire Island about 2 am. Yesterday in an exhausted state.

After considerable difficulty owing to the heavy sea surf they were safely landed by Mr W G Kennedy keeper of the lighthouse who with his family did all in his power to allay the sufferings of the poor men. The captain says he was making signals of distress from the vessel but received no answer from any quarter and that they did not leave as long as there was any possibility of saving the ship.

The coastguard from Fenit left for the scene of the wreck in the life boat as soon as they observed the disaster but they had to pull into Barrow Harbour. They succeeded in boarding her afterwards and found some of the cargo washed away and the vessel fast becoming a total wreck.

The Onward had been in Tralee port six weeks ago and left here for Dingle where hence she went to Swansea. There were only three cars in the boat and the difficulties attending the landing were thus considerably increased.

Freeman’s Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser ,Wednesday January 17 1877.

Record Created on  17/03/2009
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