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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Stonewall Jackson   British  Kinsale Co Cork  1867 

Stonewall Jackson : 
Owner James Humby, Liverpool  
Flag British  Builder Built at Liverpool 
Port Cork  Build Date  
Official No 47544  Material Wood Composite Build 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 461 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions  |  | 
Ships Role  Cargo  Rigging Style Barque   
Super Structure
Wreck Location Bullens Bay  Kinsale Co Cork 
Date Lost 18/03/1867  Captain Russell 
Cause Foundered  Crew Lost 22 
Position   Passengers Lost 
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On the night of the 18th instant the Stonewall Jackson supposed to be from Liverpool to the Cape of Good Hope with coals went ashore in Bullin's Bay a little to the eastward of the Old Head of Kinsale and is completely broken up.

The crew are believed to have been taken off by the outward-bound Inman Steamship City of Manchester as she was seen on Monday evening making attempts to tow the Stonewall Jackson. Since then two bodies have been washed ashore.

Liverpool Mercury etc Friday, March 22, 1867

It is believed that the Captain and crew of the ship Stonewall Jackson, wrecked last week off Old Head of Kinsale are all drowned together with the Captain's Wife and Son.

The Standard, London, Tuesday, March 26, 1867


- The fate of the Barque Stonewall Jackson, which sailed from Liverpool via Cardiff for the Cape of Good Hope on the 22nd January has been cleared up by a report from Captain Jones of the Inman Company's steamer City of Manchester.

On the 18th of March when the City of Manchester was on her outward voyage to New York and when off Kinsale about 3.30 p.m., a Barque with the British ensign hoisted union down was sighted and Captain Jones at once bore up for her. In reply to a signal of what was required the captain (Russell) of the Barque said his vessel was the Stonewall Jackson of Liverpool and that she was sinking. An offer was made to take the distressed crew on board the steamer but it was declined. Captain Jones then asked if he should take the vessel in tow to this Captain Russell consented but refused to send his own boat for the tow line.

Under the circumstances No.4 boat of the steamer was launched and the chief officer and six men pulled alongside the Barque and succeeded in making fast a cable. The vessel was then taken in tow but sometime afterwards the line parted and a fresh Manilla rope was put on board the Barque together with an extra cable. The steamer then proceeded at half speed the night coming on very dark though the Old Head of Kinsale light was visible.

When off Kinsale Harbour it was noticed that both the tow ropes were rather slack and on a test being put to them it was found that they were loose. They were then hauled in and on being examined it was found that they had not snapped the eye- holes being perfect ; and Captain Jones with his officers thinking that the Barque required no further assistance as the ropes had clearly been cast loose by those on board the Stonewall Jackson proceeded on his voyage.

With the exception of a piece of wreck washed ashore near Kinsale and which has been identified as having been a portion of the Barque nothing has since been heard of her and there can be no doubt Captain Russell from motives of his own probably a desire to save salvage money cast off the tow-ropes when off the mouth of Kinsale Harbour attempted to enter and in doing so came to grief with all on board.

The boat and men belonging to the City of Manchester had a narrow escape. When coming alongside the steamer from the Barque the boat Was swamped but the men were saved. The Stonewall Jackson was 468 tons register, was built at Liverpool and had a crew of 22 men.

Belfast News-Letter, Thursday, April 18, 1867


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