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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Susan   British  Baltimore Co Cork  1849 

Susan : 
Flag British  Builder Built at Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire 
Port Milford  Build Date 1843 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 86 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Schooner  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Hare Island Roaring Water Bay Baltimore Co Cork 
Date Lost 25/12/1849  Captain H. Morgan 
Cause Wrecked  Crew Lost  
Position 51.29 N / 09.26 W  Passengers Lost   
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From Lloyds List

Crookhaven, Dec 25 . -- The Susan, Morgan, from Galatz was totaly lost on Hare Island yesterday ; crew saved


On Saturday an inquest was held at the Police Barracks of Augadown, county Cork, on the body of John Murphy, who was shot on the previous Wednesday by George Moore a Coast Guard officer stationed at Baltimore. From the evidence it appeared that a vessel named the Susan of Milford laden with wheat was wrecked on the southern side of Hare Island on the morning of Sunday the 24th ult, that Moore with four other Coast Guards and one Policeman were left in charge of the wreck and on the morning of Wednesday the 27th the shot was fired which proved fatal to the deceased. The jury were unable to agree on a verdict and after being locked up for six hours were discharged on the evidence of Dr. Donovan who proved that one of the jurors was becoming ill and that longer confinement might be dangerous to him. The investigation was then postponed until Monday the 1st of January when a jury of 23 was empanelled and the following evidence was adduced.

The first witness examined was Captain Boileau as to the instructions which Coast Guards receive with respect to firing at wrecks. He was not aware until after they went that the Baltimore men were sent to Hare Island nor was it necessary that he should be made acquainted with the fact as the officer in command Lieutenant Harrison could act on his own responsibility he could not say that there were any distinct instructions to guide the Coast Guard men as to when they should fire but he was himself of opinion that every expedient should be used before having recourse to that and that the Coast Guard should not fire unless that resistance was used by parties attempting to plunder they should first try to recover the property from the offenders and then if resistance was offered they would be justified in using their arms.

Lieutenant John Harrison deposed that he was in command of the Baltimore station went with the men under his command on Sunday to save lives of the crew and protect the cargo of the Susan, remained in Hare Island that night and returned to his station on Monday and was quite unable in consequence of the state of the weather to revisit the island until Wednesday when he heard on his arrival that a man was shot. At that time a great number of the peasantry had assembled and were carring off portions of the wreck. They appeared to be very violent and menacing in their manner to the prisoner who was then under the protection of the policeman thinks that Moore would have been murdered but for the interference of the Rev. Mr. Donegan whose conduct was most praiseworthy and who kept off the crowd whilst the Water Guards were going to their boats is not aware that there are any specific instructions to direct Water Guards when they ought to fire but thinks it their duty not to allow property in their charge to be plundered and thinks if they did thay they would lose their commission.

Henry Higginson Esq, was next examined and deposed that the cargo being foreign wheat was subject to a duty and that it would be the duty of the Water Guards when in charge of it to use all care and diligence to prevent plunder.

Michael Harte sworn - Is brother in-law of deceased remembers the morning of Wednesday the 27th heard a shot whilst in bed got up then and went towards the wreck where he was accosted by the prisoner who said that he would shoot him if he did not come back returned to where the prisoner stood saw him take up his gun and told him not to fire or else he would shoot some person, saw him put the gun to his shoulder and take aim and Murphy immediately fell there were two persons with Murphy at the time and about fifty or sixty scattered about Murphy was doing nothing at the time and there could not be any plundering going on without his seeing it when his brother in-law was shot all was confusion and the corn that was saved was then carried off by the people.

Four other witnesses, viz.-Daniel Murphy (brother of the deceased), John McCarthy, Timothy McCarthy, and John Dawley-were called, and gave testimony except that they were not near enough to hear the conversation between the witness Harte and the prisoner Moore.

Thomas Dowlan Policeman was next examined Was in the tent when the shot was fired and did not see the man fall Moore immediately came into the tent and said that he had discharged his carbine and that the people said a man had been killed was aware that plundering had been going on the night before but saw no plundering on the morning of Wednesday fired shots himself during the night for the purpose of intimidating the people fired ball as he had no blank cartridge in his pouch made a prisoner of Moore for the purpose of quieting the excitement which was very great after the man was shot.

The dying deposition of John Murphy was then given in evidence it stated that he was standing about twenty yards from where some of the corn had been cast up by the sea that the prisoner Moore who was about forty yards away called out to him to more off then raised his gun and fired inflicting the wound from which he then suffered.

Dr. Donovan was next examined and swore that he was present when the deceased died and subsequently made a post mortem examination of his body his death was occasioned by a gun-shot wound in the right side the ball entered between the lower rib and the hip on the right side and escaped in the same position in the left wounding the intestines in its course and causing a considerable protrusion of the bowels the ball took a direct course and could not in his opinion, be discharged from a fire arm the muzzle of which was elevated at the time.

After this evidence the jury retired but could not agree. The following verdict was however returned by the majority -"That the deceased, John Murphy, on the 28th of Dec., 1848, in Hare Island in the county of Cork came by his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by George Moore Coast Guard, at Baltimore whilst in the discharge of his duty protecting a wreck. That said shot was fired without malice and that due caution had not been used in firing said shot." The proceedings then terminated, and Moore was discharged from custody.

-Cork Examiner
Record Created on  14/04/2009
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