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|Utopia||British||Off Cape Clear Co Cork||1867|
|Owner||Geo. Fleming, 21 Austin Friars, London|
|Flag||British||Builder||Built at St Johns N-B|
|Ship type||Sail Vessel||Dimensions||153.4 | 31.3 | 22.2|
|Ships Role||Cargo Vessel||Rigging Style||Full Rigged Ship|
|Wreck Location||70 Miles South Off Cape Clear Co Cork|
|Date Lost||13/03/1867||Captain||John Dickie|
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UTOPIA of Liverpool
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.
Board Of Trade Wreck Reports 1867
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