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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
York   British  Tralee Bay Co Kerry  1758 

York : 
Flag British  Builder  
Port   Build Date  
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt  
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Indiaman  Rigging Style   
Super Structure
Wreck Location Maharee Islands Tralee Bay Co Kerry 
Date Lost 29/10/1758  Captain Lassells 
Cause Ran Aground  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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By the purser of the York Indiaman who arrived on Sunday evening last we have the following account of the loss of that Ship in Maharee Bay, in the County of Kerry in Ireland

That on October 26 they spoke with a Vessel 26 leagues from Cape Clear and that night a hard gale of wind coming on they were parted from their consorts the Prince Edward and Lord Anson. At seven a.m. of the 29th it is blowing hard and being then in Lat,52. 44. N. and not above ten leagues to the westward of the land the Captain having the approbation of his first and second officers bore away for the River Shannon, steering S.E. as that course would carry him into the Latitude 52.24. or 52.25. by noon which was the Latitude the entrance of that River is laid down in.

At half past ten saw the land ; at noon by a good observation Lat. 52.28.N. stood in till two o'clock, and then discovered that the entrance of the river must be erroneously laid down as by the form of the land in sight it must be Tralee Bay which is (by the Draught) the point immediately to the s.w. of the mouth of the Shannon. Upon this discovery and no pilot answering a signal wore and took in the topsails with intent of standing in all night.

At half past two saw a vessel standing down to us under English colours ordered all hands to quarters and fired a gun to leeward upon which he came close under our stern and told us he was come from London bound for Limerick upon the Captain's asking him if he was well acquainted with the River and would undertake to pilot him in he answer'd "Fear" nothing and follow me I will carry you in with "Safety". From this time he behaved in every respect as a man who had charge as a Pilot making an easy sail and very exactly observing our motions at the same time we could feel his lead line passing along.

The Captain of the York stood all the while on the Forecastle giving the necessary orders and directing the Ship immediately after the other whom he again spoke with and besides repeating pretty much the same questions as formerly asked him if he would make a signal some time before he came to and if it should fall dark if he would throw him a Light both which he promised he would.

The York was then under a double reef fore topsail and reef mizen topsail the other vessel under fore topsail before the wind depth of water fifteen fathoms when the strange vessel clewing up her topsail all at once let go her anchor upon which the Captain called out to clew up our topsails let run the halliards and let go the anchor but as the Ship immediately struck he reflecting that if the anchor was let go it might be a Means of bulging her, called out avast the Anchor and as by striking the Vessel came up to the Wind he ordered to back the sails in hopes of that bearing her off.

Sent the Pinnace for the Captain of the other Ship (whom we now perceived was aground also) that he might give us an account of the exact place where we were and answer for his conduct in this affair with orders to get from him what Boats he might have to assist us.

Upon the Return of our Boat with the Master of the Vessel he informed us that he had been at Cape-Breton where he had received French Prisoners for Rochelle where he had delivered them and got forty Irishmen in Return that off Scilly on his Way for Plymouth they secured him and those of his people who would not join them took possession of his vessel and threaten'd several times to throw him over board that at last resolving to go for the Shannon, and taking us for a Man of War were determined to run ashore if we proved to be so and when we spoke to them that some of them stood over him with arms threatning his life if he answered otherwise than as they dictated to him which was the unhappy cause of our misfortune.

The Captain with the greatest calmness and presence of mind gave all the necessary orders such as getting out an anchor before the tide made to heave her off a-stern &c, and after she bulged and filled, (which was about Twelve o'Clock, she not making above eighteen inches water before that time) for cutting away the masts to prevent her going to pieces, encouraging the people with regard to their safety and assuring them he would stay by them to the last; which he did until Day-light; when he called them and asked them if they had any objection to his endeavouring to land first and look out Assistance and Security for them they all answer'd him to do as he pleased he was their Captain and his orders should be obeyed whoever he called into the boat should go and none else.

In short never was any Captain more beloved by his Ship's Company than he and his conduct was greatly the means of saving the lives of his own people and those of the other Vessel, not a man of either being lost tho' it is feared little or none of the Cargo will be saved.

It may be worth the observation of Gentlemen who have the charge of Ships to take notice that tho' Maharee Bay extends upwards of three leagues yet it is not laid down at all in the Draught by which means the mouth of the River Shannon is laid down in Lat. 52. 24. N. whereas it lies in Lat. 52. 36. N. or thereabouts.

Whitehall Evening Post, London, Tuesday, November 14, 1758
Record Created on  01/02/2009
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