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Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Utopia   British  Off Cape Clear Co Cork  1867 

Utopia : 
Owner Geo. Fleming, 21 Austin Friars, London  
Flag British  Builder Built at St Johns N-B 
Port Liverpool  Build Date 1853 
Official No 1048  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 949 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 153.4 | 31.3 | 22.2
Ships Role  Cargo Vessel  Rigging Style Full Rigged Ship  
Super Structure
Wreck Location 70 Miles South Off Cape Clear Co Cork 
Date Lost 13/03/1867  Captain John Dickie 
Cause Abandoned  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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UTOPIA of Liverpool
949 Tons, Official No 1048
John Dickie Master C.C 17,275
Abandoned about 70 miles S. of Cape Clear on the 13th of March 1867.
Inquiry held at Liverpool before T.Raffles Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate assisted by Captains Harris and Baker Nautical Assessors.

The "Utopia" was a wooden ship, built in the year 1853 at St. John New Brunswick. She left Liverpool on the 10th of March 1867, and was towed out to the Bell Buoy when the tug cast off. Scarcely was the course shaped when the well was sounded and 3 feet 3 inches of water were found in the ship. The water increased rapidly and on the 11th 4 feet 10 inches of water were found to be in her. The pumps then became choked and it was therefore impossible to obtain soundings. At 4 P.M., on the 13th there being only four or five inches from the covering board to the water's edge all hands got into the lifeboat and scarcely had they got clear of the ship when she went down head foremost. The Captain and crew were landed at Crookhaven on the 16th.

In pronouncing judgment in this case against the Master, the Court gave it as their opinion that he was guilty of a wrongful act in proceeding to sea in a ship he knew to be ill-found, leaky and undermanned. The Court found some ground in abstaining from suspending Mr. J. Dickie's certificate in the fact that he had been pressed against his will by his patron and also by the shipbrokers to proceed on his voyage. The Court had no difficulty in coming to the conclusion that the "Utopia" had been sent to sea by the shipbrokers and those interested in her overladen, undermanned, leaky and badly equipped and that, that was the cause of her loss.
Captain Dickie's Certifica returned to him.

Board Of Trade Wreck Reports 1867
Record Created on  22/06/2011
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