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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Undine   British  Rosslare Co Wexford  1867 

Undine : 
Flag British  Builder  
Port Wexford  Build Date  
Official No 21403  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 106 
Ship type Sail Vessl  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Brigantine  
Super Structure
Wreck Location South Bay Rosslare Co Wexford 
Date Lost 05/01/1867  Captain Kelly 
Cause Ran Ashore  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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Wexford, Sunday Night - The fearful gale which swept this coast on Friday And Saturday has produced disastrous results in the destruction not of property alone, but of life and that to en extent not yet ascertained. The vessel ashore on the South Bay of which I advised you last evening has proved to be the Brigantine Undine belonging to messers, R and RJ Allan of this Town, she was driven ashore about midday on Saturday and of the six hands on board only two have been saved.

The catastrophe occurred in the following manner :- The Undine left Newport with a cargo of coal on the 1st instant and had a fair passage across until she encountered the gale on Friday night. She anchored in the south bay on Saturday morning and as the heavy beating to which the vessel was subjected by the waves opened her beams there were 6 feet of water in her hold and all hands were obliged to work the pumps. The gale blew a perfect hurricane on Saturday and drove the vessel before it notwithstanding her anchors and that there is excellent anchorage in the south bay.

Eventually she broke away from her anchors and drove madly on to the beach where the waves careered over her so that her masts and rigging only could he seen. The men clung to the rigging for about an hour when one of the masts giving way their situation became almost hopeless. One by one they let them selves drop into the water but some of them never rose again. the captain sank Like a stone, three other seaman went down after a brief struggle whilst two boys one of them with the assistance of a few feet of a spar, and the other without the slightest aid, swam ashore. There was no assistance rendered the vessel from shore. Probably it was impossible to render any as the beach is shoal and the vessel was a good distance out.

The names of those who are lost are James Kelly, Nicholas Lacy, Patrick Carty, and Jame Ennis, The names of the survivors are James Moran and Miles Codd.

Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Tuesday. January 8.1867
Record Created on  19/06/2010
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