WRECKS ON THE IRISH COAST
GALLANT LIFEBOAT SERVICE
Arklow Co Wexford Sept 2 -- One of the best services rendered by the valuable lifeboat belonging to the National Lifeboat Institution stationed at this place has just been effected says Dr. Halpin.
The schooner Dove of Barrow sunk at Arklow Bank at 11 o'clock last night and the crew of four men and the master's wife had to take refuge in the rigging where they remained all night the poor woman having nothing on but her nightdress.
As soon as the wreck was discovered this morning the life boat was launched while the wind was still blowing a fierce gale from the S.S.W and there was a very heavy sea breaking on the bank. After a hard struggle the lifeboat was fortunately enabled to rescue the five poor creatures who were in a very exhausted state. They had to be dragged through the surf to the boat.
The vessel was on a voyage from Morecambe to Newport with a cargo of pig iron when she was over taken by the gale and driven on the bank.
The Belfast News-Letter, Wednesday, September 7, 1870