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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Chieftain   British  Dundrum Bay Co Down  1852 

Chieftain : 
Flag British  Builder Built at Montreal 
Port Belfast  Build Date 1826 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 398 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Barque  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Newcastle Dundrum Bay Co Down 
Date Lost 25/11/1852  Captain M'Farlain 
Cause Stranded  Crew Lost  
Position 54.12 N / 05.53 W  Passengers Lost   
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The Shipwreck at Newcastle.- We have been favoured with the following particulars, by Leonard Watson Esq, agent for Lloyd's, in reference to the wreck of the ship at Newcastle alluded to in our last

-- "I hasten to Inform you of the stranding of the Barque Chieftain of Belfast M'Farlain master, from Belfast bound to Savannah with a cargo of salt on Thursday night about midnight during the gale from South-east in Dundrum bay.

The vessel lies nearly at law water-mark opposite the Hotel Buildings Newcastle. The crew were saved, at imminent risk of life by Alexander Douglass and boats crew, and other boats from the pier. At the time the surf was running very heavy on shore. The master and mate refused to leave the vessel although a boat went off a second time in order to bring them on shore.

On Friday morning the sea than breaking over the vessel and her stern stove in, great anxiety was evinced for their safety by the people on the shore. Shortly after high water on Friday (about noon) a boat was observed launched from the vessel with one man in it and he steering the boat with an oar for the shore. A vast number of people assembled along the beach in order to save the person supposed to be the mate of the vessel as the boat approached the heavy surf on the shore.

Providentially at this time a boat left Newcastle pier well manned and succeeded by great exertions in reaching the boat then nearly In the breakers and taking her in tow into Newcastle pier to the great joy of a large multitude assembled. There was little hope of this man's life being saved had the boat not proceeded to his assistance. On his reaching the shore it was found that he was the master of the vessel. The mate was also safely landed. It is earnestly hoped that those gallant men will he liberally rewarded for their prompt and noble conduct in bringing these poor fellows on shore at the risk of their own lives.

I am sorry to observe a large breach in New- castle pier from the late heavy Easterly and South- Easterly gales".-- Newry Telegraph.
The vessel was the property of Mr. Robt.Corry and was not insured.

A Schooner Ashore at Newcastle During the latter part of Thursday, the heaviest gale of -wind (S.E.) we have experienced for many years visited this part of the coast. About half past ten the schooner British Oak came onshore. Being light, in ballast, she ran up out of the tide's way is nothing damaged, and will be got off when the weather moderates.

The Belfast News-Letter.Wednesday. December 1, 1852
Barque Chieftain of Belfast 1852
Record Created on  07/02/2010
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