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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Cecil   British  Rosscarbery Bay Co Cork  1871 

Cecil : 
Owner Hutton & Co 
Flag British  Builder Grady, Summerside, Prince Edward Island 
Port Liverpool  Build Date 1864 
Official No 46874  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 188 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 101 | 24.6 | 11.3
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Brigantine  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Rosscarbery Bay Co Cork 
Date Lost 06/02/1871  Captain  
Cause Ran ashore in fog  Crew Lost  
Position 51.37 N / 08.59 W  Passengers Lost   
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The Brigantine Cecil of Liverpool from Lagos to Liverpool reported yesterday ashore at Galley Head had a cargo of palm nuts and not of palm oil as reported.

She went ashore in a dense fog at Rosscarbery bay west of Galley Head at the head of which stands the town of Rosscarbery. The wind was from S.E at the time and the heavy sea began immediately to break up the vessel and the cargo began to come ashore.

Up to latest accounts the cargo was being taken in charge by the Coastguard and much of it was thought would be saved. The Cecil was a vessel of 188 tons register built in Prince Edward's Island by Mr Brady in 1864 and was the property of Mr C. Clare of Liverpool.

Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Friday, February 10, 1871

We have reported the loss of this vessel near Galley Head bound from Lagos to this port. We are since in possession of the Captain's statement to the effect that on the 6th instant she got embayed in Rosscarbery Bay the wind west by south falling light and finding the ship could not be worked out the fog continuing dense the port anchor was let go brought up the ship at 45 fathoms at the same time as precautionary measure the starboard anchor was let go also when the sea setting in very heavy all the spare chain was played out in order to ease the strain on the cable.

She held on safely till one o'clock in the morning of the 8th when the Coastguard came along side and advised them to leave the ship as they were in a position of danger unless the wind came off the land, "After several persuasions" says the Captain. "came ashore self and crew left with the intention of returning to the vessel should the wind change ".

About two o'clock she commenced to drag her anchor and went on the rocks where she became a wreck. The ship's chronometer and papers were brought ashore and cargo is being saved by the Coastguard who have charge of the wreck.

Liverpool Mercury etc, Saturday. February 11. 1871
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