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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
John Hawkes   British  Dublin Bay  1852 

John Hawkes : 
Flag British  Builder Built at Prince Edward Island  
Port Swansea  Build Date 1842 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 173 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 81 | 20 | 
Ships Role    Rigging Style Brig  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Outside Dun Laoghaire Harbour  Dublin Bay 
Date Lost 04/03/1852  Captain Richards 
Cause Abandoned and Sank  Crew Lost
Position   Passengers Lost   
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Shortly after four o'clock yesterday morning the Alert pilot boat, Mooney commander observed a brig between the Kish and Burford banks apparently in distress her sails being loose and flapping about. On coming up close the crew of the pilot boat hailed her but receiving no reply immediately launched their boat when seven of them succeeded in reaching the brig six of whom got on board of that vessel.

Having found her abandoned by the crew they made all sail possible steering for Kingstown Harbour. When they arrived however within about one mile of the East Pier she suddenly went down. Two of the pilots crew escaped by clambering up the rigging and taking refuge in the topmast heads, which remained above water two others sprang overboard and with the men in the rigging were rescued by a small boat which had followed the abandoned vessel from the pilot boat, but melancholy to relate the two remaining men were drowned.

The ill-fated vessel had struck upon the Kish Bank several times by a heavy ground swell prevailing and the crew who escaped in their boat were picked up by a smack and brought to Dublin.

The names of the lost crew of the pilot boat are, Mooney the son of the skipper a lad 18-years of age and an able seaman named Reeves who has left a wife and six children. The body of Mooney has been found and was conveyed to Bullock.

The brig was bound from Liverpool to Waterford, with a cargo of salt.

Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Friday, March 5, 1852
Record Created on  11/09/2009
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