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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Manley   British  Drogheda Co Louth  1871 

Manley : 
Owner Joseph Miller & Co 
Flag British  Builder James Carr, Harrington 
Port Whitehaven  Build Date 1818 
Official No 8633  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 149 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 76.2 | 22.2 | 12.8
Ships Role  Coaster  Rigging Style Brig  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Bettystown Beach Drogheda Co Louth 
Date Lost 28/09/1871  Captain John Graham 
Cause Driven ashore  Crew Lost
Position 53.41 N / 06.14 W  Passengers Lost   
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(From our Correspondent.)
Drogheda Thursday.

A gale of unusual magnitude blowing south-east took place on Tuesday night on our immediate coast and continued with slight abatement up to the afternoon of yesterday when the Brig Manley of Whitehaven John Graham master laden with coals from Newport to Dublin came on shore on the south side of our bar near Bettystown.

The vessel had all the appearance of having encountered the vehemence of the storm and she was not more than half an hour stranded when she sprung a leak and the crew seven in number including the captain betook themselves to the rigging. The sea outside our bar at the time is described as having been fearful so much so that the Brig wriggled frequently and there were small hopes entertained for the safety of the unfortunate crew.

About an hour after the Brig striking Captain Fackrell R.N. chief officer of the coastguard station at Queensborough who has charge of the life boat belonging to our port summoned the crew but from the inwashing of the tide it was found impossible to make headway towards the threatened wreck. The lifeboat station is at Baltray on the north side of the river and fully three miles from Bettystown so that it was a physical impossibility to reach the Brig in time to afford any assistance.

The boat was put out however with a deficient crew but could get no further than the bar. The vessel broke up shortly after and melancholy to relate six of the crew met with a watery grave. The seventh an able seaman jumped overboard with a life-buoy and made his way ashore by swimming. None of our steamers ventured out of port since the storm commenced until this morning. Two however the Brian Boroihme and the Colleen Bawn arrived from Liverpool.

Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser Friday September 29, 1871

At a meeting of the Drogheda Harbour Board on Tuesday the subject of the late wreck of the Brig Manley and loss of six lives was brought under notice.

Every member of the board pronounced an opinion on the fact that had the superintendent of the life-boat and his crew acted their part not only as parties who were paid for attending to the duty but as human beings having a feeling for their fellow-creatures shivering in the shrouds they would have made an effort to save the six lives sacrificed to their cowardice.

It is resolved that no more support will be given to the Life-boat Institution here until the boat-house is fixed on the south side and a complete change made in the crew. From our Correspondent.

Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, Thursday October 5, 1871
Record Created on  02/10/2008
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