Wrecks List
Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Columbus   American  Hook Head Co Waterford  1852 

Columbus : 
Flag American  Builder  
Port   Build Date 1848 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 1849 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo  Rigging Style Full Rigged  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Waterford Harbour Hook Head Co Waterford 
Date Lost 06/01/1852  Captain M.Cerran 
Cause Ran Ashore  Crew Lost
Position   Passengers Lost 
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The Waterford News of Friday contains the following report of the disastrous wreck of the Columbus and other casualties on the coast:-

On Tuesday at ten o'clock p.m the full-rigged ship Columbus of New York Captain McCurran 900 tons register got ashore inside the Hook-point in this harbour and by four o'clock next morning went to pieces. She was laden with cotton and flour from New Orleans and had four passengers one man and three females on board who were lost together with eight of the crew.

When the vessel struck it was heart rending to hear the cries of those on board at this time she was dismasted the sea was rolling mountains high no small boat could venture out though several attempts were made the sailors took to their boats some of whom were washed ashore with barely the life in them.

The scene was terrific. Several bales of cotton have been saved and it is reported that a great deal more will be saved.

The Belfast News-Letter, Monday, January 12, 1852

Drove ashore within the hook tower light and went to pieces before daylight. Five passengers and eight of the crew drowned. About 1,000 bales of cotton came ashore and it is hoped a much larger quantity will be saved.

Cause of wreck "In the first instance mistaking the Hook Light for the Tuskar afterwards being off Dunmore and not being able to procure a pilot." did not recognise lights, reckoning probably out.

A Manby's Apparatus mortar at the Hook Light in all probability would have saved 13 lives. L. A. says, " A pilot on board might have averted accident ".

M.Cerran Mr
M.Cerran & Kingsland, New York, ownrs.

Admiralty Register Of Wrecks 1852
Record Created on  06/09/2009
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