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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
James Hamilton   British  Balbriggan Co Dublin  1852 

James Hamilton : 
Flag British  Builder  
Port Troon  Build Date 1813 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 120 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role    Rigging Style Brig  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Balbriggan Co Dublin 
Date Lost 29/09/1852  Captain Archibald Leitch 
Cause Driven Ashore  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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On the rocks, south of Balbriggan Lighthouse. "Stress of weather." The vessel making water she ran for Balbriggan but having lost mainyard drove to leeward and missed the harbour running on the rocks south of it when she went to pieces.

About an hour after midnight a vessel brig-rigged was seen at about two miles distant from the land under close-reefed topsails and foretop staysail evidently trying to claw off the coast and that every attempt at tacking brought her nearer and nearer to the shore in a most dangerous indentation of the coast called Murphy's Bay. In trying to go about it was observed that she carried away her mainyard which rendered her totally unmanageable. From this moment the destruction of the vessel was clearly inevitable. She drifted in driven by the waves broadside on towards the coast and soon after struck on a reef of rocks within the bay carrying away both masts by the board and the sea making a clean breach over her.

Notwithstanding their dreadful peril the captain and crew had sufficient sense to perceive that the vessel had taken the ground at a spot wherein there was no likelihood of her breaking up at once and they stuck by their ship and as the tide ebbed the wrecked vessel was left comparatively dry and the seamen were enabled to reach the land in safety.

The vessel proved to be the "James Hamilton" Brig Leitch, from Troon with coals for Dublin. In about eight hours after the vessel had struck and on the tide flowing again she went entirely to pieces scarcely a vestige being left together of her timbers or framework.

The cargo of coals has been washed up in large quantities on the rocks and the coast guard under the command of Mr. Barrett R.N afforded every assistance in protecting the remains of the cargo and in saving such remnants of the wreck as were cast up and strewed the beach for a considerable distance.

The master of the vessel and one of the seamen have received some severe injuries. They have been placed under the care of Dr. M'Oboy of Balbriggan and the rest of the seamen have met with the kindest attention at the hands of the resident gentry. Archibald Leitch, mr.; John Crownan, Troon, owr.

Report From Admiralty Register Of Wrecks 1852
  • Time        : 2:00 am
  • Voyage   : Troon to Dublin
  • Cargo     : Coal
  • Tide        : 2 1/2 hrs Ebb 2:00 am
  • Wind       : E.N.E Force 9
  • Weather : Thick
Record Created on  08/10/2009
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