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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Smyrna   British  Dublin Harbour  1852 

Smyrna : 
Flag British  Builder Built at Whitehaven 
Port Workington  Build Date 1820 
Official No   Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 83 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 59 | 16.6 | 10.7
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Brig  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Poolbeg Lighhouse Dublin Harbour 
Date Lost 28/09/1852  Captain Peter Younghusband 
Cause Ran aground  Crew Lost
Position 53.20 N / 06.08 W  Passengers Lost   
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Between 11 and 12 o'clock on the same night the brig Smyrna, from Workington with a cargo of coals ran on the rocks to the south of the Poolbeg Lighthouse.

As far as can be ascertained up to the present time the entire crew being lost it appears that the brig was making in the gale for Dublin harbour and that the master thought he would have been able to weather the lighthouse but the vessel was thrown in upon the rocks. Notwithstanding that the ship must have for some time beaten about and that she was wrecked almost against the lighthouse itself it does not appear that any of the men on duty there were aware of the awful scene involving the loss of the lives of several fellow creatures that was being enacted immediately under their windows and within a few feet of them.

In consequence of information received during the night from the crew of a trawler which passed the ill fated vessel while she was making towards the lighthouse the coastguard stationed at Ringsend proceeded at daybreak along the Pigeon-house Wall and the South Wall. While going along the latter they descried at a short distance on what is called the White Bank a boat bottom up. They immediately instituted a close search in the neighbourhood and in a few minutes they found the bodies of the captain of the Smyrna the mate and two of the crew which were left on the bank by the receding tide.

The name of the master is Peter Younghusband that of the mate Graham and the two seamen Lucas and Byrne. It is supposed that when the vessel struck the crew took to the boat in the hope of reqaching the White Bank but in this hope the poor fellowes were deceived while living as the boat capsized. The watches found on the person of the master and mate were found to have stopped at 12 o'clock thus indicaqting that the wreck took place some time about half past 11.

The brig now lies a total wreck on her starboard side which with the deck is completely stove in. A large quantity of the coals which constituted her cargo and portions of her rigging &c. lie scattered about among the rocks.

The Derby Mercury Wednesday, October 6, 1852

Record Created on  12/09/2008
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