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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Windermere   British  Fastnet Co Cork  1823 

Windermere : 
Flag British  Builder Built at New Brunswick 
Port Liverpool  Build Date 1815 
Official No   Material Black Birch Hackmatack & Fir 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 368 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Full Rigged  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Approx 185 miles S/W of the  Fastnet Co Cork 
Date Lost 08/01/1823  Captain Samuel Cole Lyon 
Cause Abandoned  Crew Lost 14 
Position 50. N / 14. W  Passengers Lost   
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Melancholy Shipwreck

The Brig Venus, Capt Simon from Newfoundland came into the harbour of St. Helier yesterday morning Monday the 13th instant having on board nine men the surviving part of the crew of the ship Windermere of Liverpool Samuel Cole Lyon Master which foundered in a heavy gale near the coast of Ireland on the 8th instant.

The Windermere was a fine ship of 367 tons burden with a crew of 23 men and boys she was bound from Old Calabar to Liverpool laden with palm oil, ivory, red-wood and had on hoard 1500 dollars in specie.

On the 8th of January at 10 p.m being in 50 degrees N. latitude and 14 W. longitude in the midst of a violent gale the vessel shipped a heavy sea which tore the ringbolts from the deck carried away the boats and split the lee-gunwale it also carried away part of the stanchions and the ship making a great deal of water the pumps were kept constantly going.

At 11 o'clock a tremendous sea struck her again which hove her on her beam ends carried away her fore-mast and bowsprit and washed the Master and eight of the crew overboard. She immediately filled but the remaining part of the crew having cut away the main and mizen masts she righted. In a few minutes more the decks were forced up by the pressure of the water under- neath; and the crew, now reduced to 14 were obliged to take refuge on the poop.

In the course of the night two more hands were washed overboard and next day one boy died through excessive cold and fatigue. In this horrid situation, straining every nerve to maintain their hold against the fury of the waves which threatened every Moment to ingulf them the miserable remnant of the crew remained without any sustenance whatever, until the 101h instant, when at 12 o'clock the brig Venus of Jersey, hove in sight, and with a praiseworthy humanity every effort was made to rescue the unhappy sufferers from their perilous situation.

But here another difficulty presented itself for the Venus had lost her boats and had otherwise been materially injured in a previous gale the only method therefore of escape was by swimming and the assistance of ropes thrown towards the wreck by which means about three p.m. nine men at length got on board the Venus two more being drowned in the attempt.

Nothing could exceed the attention of the Master and crew of the Venus to the unfortunate sufferers they gave them up their beds and shared their clothes with them. The foremost in these offices of humanity being Mr.Nicolle, son to Judge Nicolle the owner of the Venus who happened to be on board.

The following is a list of the crew of the Windermere. The owners of which are Messrs Charles Horsfall and Thomas Tobin of Liverpool.

  • Drowned -
  • S.C.Lyon, Master
  • James Fox, Surgeon
  • T. Smith, Carpenter
  • W Genesti, Steward
  • W.Foster, Joseph Joiner, G.Tear, Coopers
  • J.Middleton, Sail Maker
  • W.Martin, G.Bennet, D.Wolf And C.Grocott, Seaman
  • H.Wade, And C.O'Brien, Boys.
  • Survivors
  • J.Sprout, Chief Mate
  • J.Macklin Second Mate
  • W.T.Lyon Clerk
  • T.Casson, Boatswain
  • H.Roberts, Cooper
  • T.Fick, Carpenters Mate
  • R.Parry, W.Harvey And C.Hood, Seamen
-- Jersey British Press

Caledonian Mercury Edinburgh, Saturday, February 1, 1823.
Record Created on  02/12/2009
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