|Total Records: 1|
|Oswestry||British||Dunlough Bay Mizen Head Co Cork||1899|
|Owner||Sivewright, Bacon & Co West Hartlepool|
|Flag||British||Builder||E.Withy & Co West Hartlepool|
|Port||West Hartlepool||Build Date||1888|
|Tonnage nrt/grt||1550 / 2366 / 1835|
|Ship type||Steam Ship||Dimensions||299.8 | 38.23 | 23.6|
|Ships Role||Cargo||Rigging Style||Schooner|
|Wreck Location||Dunlough Bay Mizen Head Co Cork|
|Date Lost||12/03/1899||Captain||Alfred. Ernest. Wilson|
|Cause||Ran aground in fog||Crew Lost|
|Position||51.27 N / 09.49 W||Passengers Lost|
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THE WRECK OF THE S.S OSWESTRY
INTERVIEW WITH THE CREW IN CORK.
The Captain and crew of the steam ship Oswestry which went on the rocks at Dunlough Bay Mizen Head during a dense fog on Sunday morning arrived in Cork en route for Manchester.
The Oswestry was a vessel of 1560 tons and was bound from Newport News U.S.A for Manchester with a miscellaneous cargo including cotton deals and Indian corn. It was owned by Messrs Seabright and Bacon late of West Hartlepool and now of Manchester and was in charge of Captain Wilson. It was built in the year 88 by Messrs Christopher Furness and Co of West Hartlepool and is stated to have been fully insured.
The vessel started on the voyage about a fortnight ago and was due in Manchester on Monday or Tuesday. All went well until the dense fog that prevailed on the South coast of Ireland on Sunday morning caused the vessel to go on the rocks.
In an interview which our representative had with the crew on their arrival in Cork it was stated that before the vessel struck the rocks in Dunlough Bay she was going at an average speed in fact had to slow down on account of the fog. The sea was calm at the time a circumstance which largely contributed to enabling the crew to reach the shore with safety. They had however to encounter rough experiences for in order to reach the mainland a formidable jutting and craggy rock had to be negotiated a process in which some of the crew received slight injuries.
The starboard boat was first launched and twelve of the crew got in to it. The second boat was then taken out but it was swamped by heavy surf and rendered useless. Communication was then established between the shore and the wreck and with the assistance of the people on shore the remaining members of the crew were rescued.
The moment the vessel struck the rocks. the engines were reversed. There was not the slightest panic on board and the crew without exception bore testimony to the great coolness and presence of mind evidenced by Captain Wilson who was the last to leave the vessel
The crew were loud in their praise of the action of the inhabitants at Mizen not only for their heroic efforts at rescue but for the kindly and hospitable manner in which they were received by them when they came ashore
Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Thursday, March 16, 1899
Lloyds Registery 1889 no 281 - O
Oswestry, 92928, KSMD, Scw, Stm, Sr, Steel
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