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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Shammon   British  Balbriggan Harbour Co Dublin  1844 

Shammon : 
Owner  
Flag British  Builder Thos. Brocklebank , Whitehaven 
Port Whitehaven  Build Date 1816 
Official No   Material Oak & Fir 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 161 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Brig  
Super Structure
 
Hull
 
Machinery
 
 
Wreck Location A mile north of  Balbriggan Harbour Co Dublin 
Date Lost 15/11/1844  Captain Collins 
Cause Driven Ashore in a Gale  Crew Lost
Position   Passengers Lost   
Google Map Location
 
 
History

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.

 
Record Created on  12/09/2008
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