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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Venilia   British  Ballyferris Point Co Down  1860 

Venilia : 
Flag British  Builder Built Nova Scotia 
Port Belfast  Build Date 1850 
Official No 35933  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 94 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Brigantine  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Ballyferris Point Co Down 
Date Lost 26/01/1860  Captain Wm.Neill M'Mahon 
Cause Driven Ashore  Crew Lost 11 
Position   Passengers Lost   
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The Venilia one of the six vessels wrecked as already stated in the News-Letter in the snow storm on Thursday night last between Ballyferris and the Copelands was owned by Captain Wm.M'Mahon of this town. His eldest son Wm.Neill M'Mahon who was master was only twenty-two years of age and had been twice at Australia and On One Voyage round the world in the Hibernia with his father and afterwards three years in the same vessel as third and second mate with captain Copeland during which time he had been in India China and up the Persian Gulf. On his return he passed the Marine Board for a mate's certificate after which he made one voyage to the United States in that capacity.

His father then persuaded him to go master of this vessel and get acquainted with the Channel and also to fill up his servitude to enable him to take out a master's certificate for the foreign trade but unfortunately he and ten more lost their lives not ten miles from Bangor in which place he was born. He was a sober honest and industrious young man and is deeply regretted by all who knew him The vessel struck about 5 P.M. on Thursday evening.

The Belfast News-Letter, Monday, January 30, 1860
Record Created on  27/08/2009
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