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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Minerva   British  North Bull Drogheda  1852 

Minerva : 
Owner Fishburn & Brodrick Whitby 
Flag British  Builder Fishburn & Brodrick Whitby 
Port Greenock  Build Date 1813 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 349 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Barque  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  North Bull Drogheda 
Date Lost 12/11/1852  Captain J.Stewart 
Cause Driven Ashore  Crew Lost 15 
Position   Passengers Lost   
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Melancholy Loss Of Life.- Wreck At The North Bull.

About a quarter before five o'clock on Friday morning the barque Minerva of Greenock from Liverpool for Demerara with a general cargo came on shore on the North Bull at the entrance to the Drogheda harbour.

The crew commenced cutting the mainmast away which fell overboard in order that the vessel might he saved from rocking. Between seven and eight o'clock she began to break up and the mizen went overboard and immediately afterwards the entire hull went to pieces.

The crew consisted of seventeen the captain mates, &c. They all took leave of each other affectionately fearing that a little time would divide them for ever in this world. In the breaking up of the vessel the captain, mate, steward, two boys, and a sailor got on the poop and after buffeting with the waves upon it for twenty minutes it overturned with them. None of them succeeded again in mounting it but one sailor who came ashore upon it in an almost lifeless state.

The captain who wore a life-buoy also reached the shore having obtained no further assistance than it. The others who were on the poop as well as the remaining portion of the crew fifteen in number were most lamentable to relate all drowned.

The entire cargo consisting of cotton, calicoes linens, glass, cloths, smiths' tools, empty sugar barrels and tubs of butter, marked "Robert Horan & Co., Cork, best butter," at present lies strewed along the beach at the Tower guarded by the coast-guards and police belonging to the vicinity.

At the entrance of the river Boyne there are two beacons showing the navigable channel to the bar. At the time of the wreck of the Minerva the mainmast and portions of the rigging became entangled in the chains which support the South beacon and remained fastened for a few hours until the beacon became entirely bent down to an angle of 45 degrees and so continues. Those vessels entering the harbour require to guard against the danger. Large portions of the wreck have been driven through the wicker work.

The Belfast News-Letter, Wednesday, November 17, 1852

Vessel becoming embayed could not work out and was driven on the Bull when she went to pieces. No lifeboat in the neighbourhood. Stewart, Mr

Admiralty Register of Wrecks 1852


Nov 12.- The Barque Minerva, of Greenock wrecked during a heavy gale of wind from E.S.E., near the entrance to the river Boyne on the coast of Louth. On account of the heavy surf running at the time it was impracticable to launch a shore boat and 15 out of 17 of the crew perished. A coast-guardman named Sullivan rushed into the surf to save the master who was floating on a life-buoy. Reward Thanks of the Committee to Lieut. Meheux, R.N and his crew and 10s. to Sullivan, the coast-guardman.

Life Boat Journal May 1853
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