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|Shammon||British||Balbriggan Harbour Co Dublin||1844|
|Flag||British||Builder||Thos. Brocklebank , Whitehaven|
|Official No||Material||Oak & Fir|
|Ship type||Sail Vessel||Dimensions||| ||
|Ships Role||Coaster||Rigging Style||Brig|
|Wreck Location||A mile north of Balbriggan Harbour Co Dublin|
|Cause||Driven Ashore in a Gale||Crew Lost||3|
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THE LATE STORM-SHIPWRECKS AND LOSS OF LIFE
As was anticipated, the storm of Friday and Saturday has proved very disastrous along the coast, but we are happy to say that in the harbour not much damage has been sustained. The light ship stationed at the Kish Bank slipped from her moorings and ran up to Halpin's Pool at the North Wall and another vessel was at once tugged out by a steamer to supply her place.
The most melancholy results of the gale were visible between Dublin and Drogheda on Saturday. The following are briefly the facts . On Saturday about eleven o'clock a vessel was observed in the offing from Balbriggan and in a short time she was seen to make for the harbour but in consequence of the high tide and the violence of the gale she was not able to effect that object. She was driven ashore about half a mile below Balbriggan at a place called Louther Lodge and such was the fury of the wind and waves that she was at once dashed on the rocks and fell over on her beam ends.
She proved to be the Shammon of Whitehaven in ballast Captain Collins master. She sailed from Kingstown on Wednesday evening and had nearly reached Whitehaven when she was driven back by the storm. Her crew consisted of eight hands three of whom the captain his brother who was mate and a seaman were washed off the wreck and drowned not withstanding that every exertion was made to save them by Mr. James Michalm of the coast guard assisted by his men, the police and the inhabitants of the place.
Indeed it appears that the unfortunate men could have saved themselves had they come ashore with the other five but they refused to abandon the ship which now lies almost keel up on the strand. She was 300 tons burthen. The bodies of the ill fated men are not found.
Freemans Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser Monday, November 4, 1844.
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