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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Arethusa   British  Co Wexford  1859 

Arethusa : 
Flag British  Builder Built At Greenock 
Port Glasgow  Build Date 1828 
Official No 7424  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 332 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo vessel  Rigging Style Full Rigged  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Bannow Co Wexford 
Date Lost 27/12/1859  Captain Thomas Martin 
Cause Driven Ashore  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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It is again our melancholy duty to have to record a disastrous wreck or rather wrecks which have taken place near here during the last few days in the one case involving a great amount of suffering and the loss of one life in addition to the destruction of a large amount of exceedingly valuable property. The first of these disasters occurred early on Sunday morning in the neighbourhood of Bannow where the Arethusa of Glasgow from the Havannahs was driven ashore and became a total wreck. The Arethusa which was a vessel of 322 tons burden built at Greenock in 1828 belonged to Mess's. Robert Dunlop and Co. of that place and was commanded by Thomas Martin in addition to whom there was a crew of fifteen including the chief mate and all hands.

The vessel had a valuable cargo of tobacco, mahogany and lancewood consigned to Messrs Hall & Co Liverpool which she shipped at the port of Zarza in the Island of Cuba which place she left on her return voyage on the 10th of Oct last.

Soon after leaving Zarza the ship grounded on a bank but came off without apparent damage and proceeded on her voyage en countering however very rough weather for the whole distance On the 19th of November she commenced making water very fast the crew being obliged to keep the pumps constantly going and to add to their misfortune in consequence of their lengthened passage the provisions ran short this continued up to Friday the 30th ult.

The captain in the meantime twice obtaining a supply of provisions from other vessels at two a.m. on that day finding that he could not weather the Hook his sails being all blown away and some of his crew sick while the others were completely knocked up by fatigue and want of nourishment the captain let go the starboard anchor in the Bay of Fethard off Baginbun and hoisted his flag for a pilot. The Coast-guards and some fishermen put off and boarded her afterwards supplying him with water and provisions but none of the latter could be induced to stay on board as asked by the captain giving as a reason that she would not bold to her anchors where she was.

On Saturday morning the captain went ashore to proceed to Waterford to obtain the assistance of a steamer leaving the chief mate in charge who finding that she was dragging paid out more chain and let go the port anchor afterwards paying out all the cable which for a time had the effect of staying her. At midnight however she commenced dragging again and at about four a.m. she struck heavily. About seven o'clock the port cable broke and she went on the rocks.

At very great risk to themselves the fishermen and country people on shore aided by the coast guards succeeded in forming a communication with the wreck and by means of lines rescued with one exception every soul on board. One of the seamen named John M'Clean not being able to swim lashed himself to a log of mahogany in the hopes of being washed ashore but unfortunately he was drowned. In the course of Sunday and the following night the ship broke up the shore being strewed with the wreck and cargo.

The tobacco which was of the finest leaf consisted of more than 200 bales the duty on which alone is estimated at over £7000 but none of it was saved except that which was washed ashore We understand that some of the inhabitants of that district are likely to got into trouble the revenue officers having detected several parties taking it away with them even by car-loads.

The Leeds Mercury Saturday January 7 1860
Record Created on  19/08/2009
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