Wrecks List
Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Orcadian   British  Tuskar Rock Co Wexford  1867 

Orcadian : 
Owner Ritchie Brothers, Liverpool 
Flag British  Builder Brown, Portland, New Brunswick 
Port Liverpool  Build Date 1863 
Official No 48204  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 596 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 147.6 | 31.2 | 19.3
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Full Rigged Ship  
Super Structure
Wreck Location  Tuskar Rock Co Wexford 
Date Lost 23/02/1867  Captain Allen 
Cause Ran Aground  Crew Lost
Position   Passengers Lost   
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The Wexford correspondent of the Freeman's Journal writes on Sunday - "This morning about half past ten o'clock, 15 cast-away seamen arrived at the quay in, two boats. The poor fellows were in a most pitiable condition they had been in the boats since midnight and having pulled almost the whole distance from Tuskar Lighthouse near where their vessel was wrecked during the night they were greatly fatigued.

The following are the particulars of the casualty :- The Orcadian, Allen, master of and from Liverpool to Savannah with salt belonging to Riehil Brothers, left Liverpool last Wednesday and proceeded all well till about eleven "o'clock last night when she struck near the Tuskar Lighthouse on a reef of sunken rocks. The night was hazy with a pretty stiff gale from W.S.W. and the Tuskar Light was not seen till it was too late to put the vessel about.

Having remained about an hour in the vessel the crew apprehensive that she might break up took to the boats the Captain and eight men in the long boat and the mate and five others in the gig there were sixteen hands on board altogether but it was not discovered that one was missing until the others landed this morning. Fortunately the boats fell in with a vessel bearing inwards about the north of the harbour which towed them into port. The Orcadian was a large vessel being 590 tone register. She was built at St. John's, New Brunswick in the-year 1863 and was classed at Lloyd's A 1; four years.

She is probably by this time a complete wreck and the cargo as a matter of course is all lost. Hopes are entertained that the missing sailor if he remained on the vessel will be saved as the Carne lifeboat is said to have gone to render assistance. The men who came ashore saved nothing from the vessel having left her merely with what clothing they had on" .

Liverpool Mercury etc. Wednesday, February 27, 1867

Crew Agreements for 1867 are held at Maritime History Archive >>

Record Created on  24/12/2010
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