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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Crisis   British  Arklow Bank Co Wicklow  1862 

Crisis : 
Owner F. & J. Brocklebank Whitehaven 
Flag British  Builder Brocklebank Whitehaven 
Port Liverpool  Build Date 1847 
Official No 1203  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 426 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 111.9 | 25 | 
Ships Role  Cargo Ship  Rigging Style Barque  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Arklow Bank Co Wicklow 
Date Lost 16/01/1862  Captain Hugh Thompson 
Cause Foundered  Crew Lost 11 
Position 52.50 N / 05.55 W  Passengers Lost   
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Drogheda Jan. 18.-- On last evening, Alderman Boylan receiver of wrecks in this district was furnished with a report by Captain Adderley Bernard of the coastguard station at Clogher Head relative the wreck of the magnificent barque Crisis, Hugh Thompson master the property of Messrs. F.& J. Brocklebank, of Liverpool, the eminent ship owners.

The substance of the report was that on yesterday (Friday) the 17th instant a pinnace with eight men came in at Clogher Head at about half past nine o'clock A.M. She appeared to belong to the barque Crisis of Liverpool bound for Singapore with a general cargo and crew of eighteen men. She was 1,100 tons burthen It appeared that she struck the Arklow Bank about four o'clock P.M. on the 16th inst The crew took to the boats the captain and ten men going into one boat and eight going into the pinnace which is a splendid new boat.

The party who came in at Clogher Head had with them the captains chronometer four oars and sundry other articles of clothing &c. The following are the names of the eight persons William Carson second mate a native of Scotland, John Bentley carpenter of Cumberland, Andrew Hill seaman Belfast, Patrick M'Donnell Cumberland , John Kelly Bray, David O'Neill Dublin, Frederick Bernard Hill of Wales a boy, John Westry of Whitehaven an apprentice.

On receiving the report, Alderman Boylan lost no time in communicating with the owners Messrs. Brocklebank and Co, of Liverpool and with the Board of Trade relative to the wreck.

I have ascertained the following particulars from the crew The Crisis left Liverpool on Wednesday morning last at nine o'clock, the wind being South - West She was towed by the tartan steam tug as far as Ormshead Lighthouse when the tug left them all well, The barque then broke off a heavy gale being blowing from the South - West. The weather was thick and foggy. They were under double-reefed main topsail close-reef fore topsail, reef foresail fore topmast staysail, and main spencer.

At the time she struck first for she struck hard several times the men were engaged painting the ship. She had not made any water before but when they left her she had close on three feet of water in her. The captain sent eight of them into the pinnace, which was lowered to the water. The gig was then got ready into which the captain and the ten other men went. The captain gave orders that those in the pinnace should clear away from the ships side to allow the gig to come down. This was done.

It was then coming on night, and the two boats separated and the men in the pinnace lost sight of those in the gig. The men were fully seventeen hears at sea in the pinnace and during almost the entire time they had to encounter a heavy sea, darkness and constant rain not knowing where they were going but drifting in any direction the wind sent them.

I have learned the names of a few of the parties in the missing boat, which I subjoin Captain Hugh Thompson, Launcelot Brown first mate from Scotland, Ponsonby third mate from Liverpool, Thomas Herbert able seaman, Richard Allen Lancaster a boy, Thompson Ritchie Cockermouth a boy, William Moleson Liverpool a boy. The names of the other four men who took to the gig boat I could not learn.

The eight men and boys who reached Clogher Head yesterday were on this day at the office of the Receiver of Wreck and all looked exceedingly well under the circumstances. They will leave for Liverpool on this evening by one of the Drogheda steamers. The pinnace I believe will remain in charge of the coastguard by orders of Alderman Boylan the Receiver Wreck.--- Saundere's Correspondent.

Upwards of £50,000 appears to be done on her cargo at Lloyd's; £80,000 is given out as the actual loss. -- Freeman.

Belfast News-letter, Tuesday, January 21, 1862

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