Extract from a private Letter :-
Clogher Head, Drogheda, 11th Nov., 1852.
"At 9:30 AM, the Schooner William Pitt of Dublin, from Whitehaven to Dublin coal laden John French master running in for this place when off the harbour struck on a reef of rocks to the northward and immediately went dawn stern foremost the crew holding on to the only part of the vessel above water the sea running tremendous at the time.
Captain Bernard of the Coast Guard whose gallant conduct is deserving of all praise, was in attendance with his Men to render all the assistance in his power and fired several rockets from Dennitt'e life rocket apparatus, but all to no purpose. The hands were in imminent danger of being washed off the small space they had to cling to when Captain Bernard and three of his men got into a boat and succeeded in saving the captain and crew four in number; the wind blowing a gale from the S.S.E. and a tremendous sea running in.
This is the second crew saved by Captain Bernard during the last fortnight, having rescued the master and crew of the Brig Fidelity on the morning of the 26th ult., also, from a watery grave."
Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Saturday, November 13, 1852
Nov 11.- The Schooner William Pitt, of Dublin wrecked during a heavy gale of wind from E.S.E, near Clogher Head Harbour Coast of Louth. Crew of 5 men saved on two trips by the Coast-guard boat. Reward, second-service clasp to Mr.Barnard chief officer of Coast-guard and 3L. to his boat's crew of 3 men.
Life Boat Journal May 1853