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Early 19th Century (1800 to 1849)

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January 1800


On Thursday January 30th 1800 it was reported  that the Mona, master Maudry, from Surinam to Liverpool, was on shore at  Kinsale.

March 1800

Thomas Grandison

A report from Youghal dated March 10, 1800 stated:

“ A few days back was driven on our Coast a quantity of  Bees-wax. A boat has come on shore (within eight miles of this) with Thomas  Grandison, Lisbon, marked on her stern.”

October 1800


On Thursday, October 9th 1800, it was reported that the Lucy, from Charleston was  driven on shore at Cork and bilged.

November 01, 1800

Sailing Boat

On the 1st of  November 1800, Mr.Chopin and Mr.Bowen, both of Dominica, and Mr.Thomas Raine, of  Lancaster, passengers; and Henry Cain and John Flannagan, seamen, in the ship Penelope, from Lancaster for Dominica, sailing in an open boat, were all  drowned by it’s upsetting.

December 06,1800


The Bellona,  sailed from Whitehaven with a  cargo of coal for Cork.  On the 6th  of December she struck a rock near Ballycotton and went down. The crew of the Bellona were all  saved .

December 1800


On Wednesday December 31, 1800, it was reported  that the Gravalia, master Icclerbom, from the coast of Spain to Hambro, was  lost off Kinsale. It was stated that the crew were saved.

December 03 1801

New Thompson

On the 3rd of December, 1801, the  sloop New Thompson,  struck the Youghal bar in fog, lost her rudder  and drifted ashore. One of the crew jumped overboard and tried to swim ashore,  but was dashed on the rocks and more crew died overnight. Three remaining survivors were rescued by locals

January 20, 1802

Admiral Packenham

On January 29th 1802 it was reported that the Admiral Packingham, master Ross, from   St Croix was stranded near Cork on the 20th of January.

September 1802


On September 13th 1802 it was  reported that the Traveller, of Guernsey, laden with rum and provisions from  Cork bound to London, foundered on Saturday last, about 10 leagues from Cork – Crew saved and arrived here.

November 1802


The Maria, master Richards, from Limerick to London, was  lost near Cork in November, 1802. All the crew perished.

January 1803

Earl St Vincent

On January 13th  1803 it was reported that the Earl St.Vincent, a schooner had  been run down and severly damaged in Cork Harbour. It was hoped that she would be repaired once the weather moderated.  The Earl St. Vincent had arrived in Cork from Jamaica

October 25 1803

HMS Euryalus

n the 17th of October  1803 it was reported that HMS Euryalus, under Captain Blackwood had gone ashore at Spike Island while trying to enter Cork, and was still  ashore.By the 25th of October she was reported to be off without much damage.

December 25, 1803

HMS Suffisante

On the 25th of September 1803, in a gale, HMS Suffisante, a 16-gun sloop went ashore off Spike Island. She heeled over in the heavy seas and split in two. Seven crew were drowned and three were killed by a falling mast.

January 1804


On January 9th 1804 It was reported that the Copelin, Callaghan master, from Newport, was lost near Cork.

                (The actual loss of the Copelin may have been late December 1803)

January 1804


On January 9th 1804 It was reported that the Mary, master Chandler, from Bristol to Charleston, was totally lost near Cork:  crew and passengers saved.

February 04, 1804




The Trident, master Kneale, drove on shore in Cork harbour on the 4th of  Febraury 1804. She was attempting to leave the harbour on  a voyage from Liverpool to Montserrat, in  the Caribbean.  she got off on the next tide and was able to rejoin her  convoy. Two other unnamed ships also went ashore at the same time.

February 1804


On February 4th 1804 it was reported that the Sovereign, Capt, Richardson, from Trinidad, bound to London, which sailed under  convoy of the Chichester man of war, was lost near Youghal, in Ireland. The  Captain and 28 of the crew of the Sovereign, were drowned.

December 1804


On January 7th 1805 it was reported that the Union, master Williams, from Bangor to London, was driven out of Scilly, and  had been wrecked going into Cork.

(This wreck would probably have been in late December 1804)

March 10, 1805


On March 10th 1805 , the Liverpool  ship Arbuckle was lost in Rocky Bay, off Robert’s Cove. She was bound to Cork  with ballast and coals, to join a convoy for the West Indies. The Roberts Cove revenue boat rescued he master and his thirteen crew.

January 25, 1806

Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales, master, Davis, struck on the Giants Stairs, in Cork Harbour on the 25th   Jan, 1806.  She foundered and was reported to be sitting in 18 Fathoms  of water.

February 1806


It was reported on the 18th of  February, 1806, that the Mary, master Dryer, from London to Kinsale with  stores, was stranded near Cork.

February 07, 1806


On the 7th of February 1806, The  brigantine Hope, of Greenock, was wrecked on the Western side of the Old Head  of Kinsale. The ship, under Captain McEwing, was bound for Liverpool from  Jamaica, when she was caught in a south-westerly gale, and driven towards the  lee shore. She went to pieces in minutes but the crew were saved

February 15, 1806


The Liverpool ship Britannia blew up while lying at anchor  in Cork Harbour on February 15th 1806.  She was waiting with about  one hundred  and thirty other ships, for one of the massive convoy’s of the time, to set sail for the West  Indies. I was thought the crew were transferring gunpowder at the time. The bodies of eight seamen and one woman were recovered from the water.

March 1806

Lady Boyle

On Saturday March 08th 1806 it was reported that the Lady Boyle, master Hayes, bound to Barbadoes, had put back into Cork in distress. It was further stated that she had been on shore and must be unloaded

October 1806


On October 11th 1806 it was reported  that the Defiance, master Williams, from Bristol to Jamaica had gone on shore  at Cork, and had received so much damaged as to render her unworthy of repair.

February 1807


On the 28th of February 1807, it  was reported that the Erin, master Fowler, from Cork to Weymouth, was on shore  near Cork

October 12, 1807


The Union, master Bigley, of and from  Baltimore to Cork, laden with staves, was driven onshore off  Barry’s Point, near Kinsale on the 12th  of October 1807. The crew were all saved.

December 27,1807

Rising Sun

On December 27th  1807, the Rising Sun, master Hutton, was driven on shore on her beam-ends, in  Kinsale. She was gotten off without major damage the following week. The wine  on board was saved, but it was feared that the cargo of barilla (soda ash)  would be lost.

October , 1808


On November 7th, 1808, it was  reported that the James, master Prior, from St Ube’s to Limerick, was reported  on shore near Crosshaven Harbour. The cargo was being unloaded.

January, 1809


On Jan 28th 1809, it was reported that the Brothers, a transport belonging to Shields, was totally 'burnt' in Cork harbour . Her master was Grey.

February, 1809


On February 10th 1809 it was reported that the Swallow,  master Ryan, on a voyage from Newfoundland to Ross, was on shore in Youghal Bay.  Cargo saved.

September, 1809


On the 26th of September, 1809,  the Britannia, master Sullivan, from Youghal to Liverpool was lost on ‘some  rocks’ near Youghal

October 13, 1809

Unnmed Galliot

On the 13th of October 1809, a French galliot,  with balk and boards, prize to a Guernsey privateer, was lost near the Old Head  of Kinsale.  The cargo was reported as  saved.

February 08,1810


On the 8th of February 1810, the  ship Ceres, master Hearn, was lost near Cork. She was on a voyage from  Tonningen, in the Netherlands, to New York

October 1810


On November 10th 1810 it was reported  that the Flora, master Williams, had foundered lately (probably near the end of  October) near Cork. The mate and fourteen seamen drowned.

October 22, 1810


The Fly, master Harker, from Liverpool to Africa, was lost  on the 22nd of October, near the Old Head of Kinsale. It was  reported that only a small part of the cargo of the Fly was saved

November 1810


On December 1st 1810, it was  reported that the Roaina, master Samuelson, from North America, was on shore in  Ballyratten (Ballycotton?) bay, near Cork.

She was expected to go to pieces shortly.

November 1810


The Severn, master Tucker, from Bristol to St Vincent’s run  foul of the Helena, sloop of war, in getting under weigh from Cork, 20th  Inst and received so much damage that she could not proceed with the fleet. She was reported stranded in Rocky  Bay.

November 16, 1810


On the 16th of November, 1810, the Chesterfield,  master Harrison, from Douglas to St.Michael’s, was driven on shore a few miles  from Cork. She was afterwards gotten  off with damage, and arrived at Cork.

November 26,1810


On Monday 26th November 1810, a ship stated top  be the Aurora, of London,  bound to Amelia Islnd, was totally  lost off Cork Head. All the crew of the Aurora were reported saved

December 31, 1810


On January 19th 1811 it was reported  that the Diana, master Jameson, from Limerick to Bristol, had run ashore near  Ballinacurra Creek (near Midleton) on the 31st of December  1810.  It was stated that the cargo of the Diana would have to be unloaded.

January 1811


On January 26th 1811, the Hannah transport,  master Smith, was reported lost near Cork. No other details of this wreck have  been found yet.

January 1811


On Saturday, January 19th, 1811, The Commerce,  master Bourke, from Liverpool to Bristol, was reported totally lost near  Youghal.  The crew were noted as being  saved

January 30, 1811


The Susan, master Shaw, from Cork to Lisbon, was reported  lost near Cork on the 30th of January. Most of the cargo was saved. On February 15th however, the Susan which had  been on shore, was recorded as gotten off

October 04, 1811

John and Mary

The John and Mary, master Matthews, from Cork to London, was  reported totally lost on the 4th of   October 1811. The position  given  was ‘near Cork’

November 16,1812


On the 16th of November 1812, the Sloop Caroline,  James Mullins Master,  got on shore at  Bullens Bay, near the Old Head of Kinsale. The crew were all saved and the  cargo unloaded, damaged. She was gotten off in December.

May 20, 1814


On the 20th  of May 1814, the Neptune, master Thorley, was reported ashore at Ringabella,  near Cork. The Neptune was on route from Liverpool to Halifax, in Canada.

September 03, 1814


On September 09th, 1814, it was reported that the Bacchus, sloop of war was on shore              at the back of Spike Island, near Cork on the 3rd of the month.

December 1814


The London, master Jackson, was driven on  shore near Youghal, in December 1814. She was on route from Whitehaven to  Jamaica. In January 1815, the London was reported as gotten off, after discharging  half her cargo.

December 16,1814

Lisbon Packet

The Lisbon Packet, master Peppard, was reported driven on shore at the Cove of Cork on the 16th of December 1814. It was reported that she had not received  considerable damage.

December 16, 1814


The Apollo was caught up in the terrible gales of December 1814 and was driven ashore at Cuskinny in Cork Harbour. She was so badly damaged that by January 14th 1815, she had been condemned and the cargo sold.

December 1814


It was reported that  the Maria, master Henderson, was lost with all of her crew in Rocky  Bay, Cork, in late December 1814

April 22, 1815


The Perthshire, master Wright, from Jamaica to Greenock, ran on shore between Ballycotton island and Cork on the 12th of April 1815. She had  eleven feet of water in her hold.

October 15, 1815

Eliza Ann

The Eliza Ann, master Douglas, from Cork to Youghal and  Lisbon, was reported  to be on shore in  Youghal Bay on the 15th of   October 1815.  The ship was said  to be full of water.

December 1816


On the 25th of  December,1816, it  was reported that the Eliza, master Younghusband, from Malaga, in going from  Cove to Cork, went aground and filled with water.

December 07, 1817

Unnamed Hooker

A severe gale on the night of Sunday the 7th  of December 1817, hit the harbour of Cork. A small hooker had been anchored in  Ringabella Bay, and it was thought that she dragged her anchor and was blown to  sea where she foundered.

January 05, 1818


The Bernard, ran ashore on the west side of Cork Harbour on Sunday 05th Jan 1818. It was expected that she would be gotten off after discharging her cargo.

January 09, 1818


The Flora, master Caldwell, from Quebec to London was driven  on shore, on the 9th of January 1818, near the Old Head of Kinsale.  The cargo was expected to be saved

January 12, 1818


The Caledonia, master Steward, bound from Prince Edward’s  Island to Cork, was wrecked near the Old Head of Kinsale on the 12th  of January 1818. Crew and cargo were saved.

November 11, 1818


The Sylvan, on route from Liverpool to Cork suffered rigging failure and was wrecked between the Sovereign Islands near Oysterhaven, On the 11th of November 1818. Some survivors were rescued from the rocks. A gale sprang up and one survivor was on the rock for three days until rescued by local fisherman Jack Carty.

January 22, 1819


On Jan 22nd 1819, the Nancy ran on shore in White Bay, on the eastern part of Cork  Harbour. She was bound from Cork to Workington, and her master was Williamson.

December 28,1821

City of Cork

Mary Ann

Hyder Ally

On the 28th of December 1821 a south-easterly  gale hit Cork causing widespread damage. In the Harbour, the following  accidents were recorded:

The City of Cork, master Wheeler, on shore and beating very  hard, one man drowned.

The Mary Ann of Limerick, drove ashore against the new quay  and was much damaged.

The Hyder Ally (hulk) was on shore and much injured.

 Nearly all the small boats in the harbour were knocked to  pieces.

April 19th 1822

HMS Confiance

On Saturday the 19th of April 1822, HMS Confiance grounded  heavily on the Curlane Bank, between Spike Island and Crosshaven. It was  reported that she was heavily strained and that her metal (ballast) shifted.  The Confiance got free on Sunday 20th, and resumed her westward patrol.  There was a heavy gale blowing, and on the 21st of November the Confiance was wrecked at Dunlough Bay, near the Mizen. 120 were lost, as well as four local people

April 24, 1822


The Nimble was driven on to the rocks at Roberts Cove, on the 21st of April,1822, and all on board were lost.

April 22, 1822


On May 10th 1822 it was reported that wreckage coming from the Fly, of Bristol was washing ashore on the coast between Cork and  Ballycotton. It was presumed that this ship was lost with all hands.

October 23, 1822


The Resolution ,master Evans, was on route from Youghal to Portsmouth. She was caught      by heavy  gales and driven ashore at Rocky Bay  on the 23rd of October 1822. The Resolution quickly went  to pieces and the master and mate were drowned.

January 01, 1823


On December 31st 1822 the  ship Weare, of Bristol,  hit heavy headwinds, and in trying to make Cork  Harbour, was driven on shore, in a bay west of Ballycotton, on January first 1823. 24 people were lost, and the bay was afterwards known as Weare Cove

November 1825


On November 03rd 1825, the  derelict wreck of the Columbus was washed into Ringabella Bay in Cork Harbour.  The Columbus, it was reported, had been afloat, abandoned,  for some  time.

December 19, 1825


On Wednesday Dec 19th 1825, the Britannia, of  Padstow, was lost in a gale on the Cork coast. She struck a rock, just off the  shore at Ballyandreen Bay, 10 miles west of Ballycotton and was dashed to  pieces. The captain was the only survivor.

December 20 1825


On Monday and Tuesday the 19th and 20th  of December 1825, a severe gale struck the Cork Coast. A number of ships  were  reported driven ashore at the Cove  of Cork.

Among them were;

The Glasgow, from Cork to Penzane.The Laura, from Cork to Falmouth.

The Union from Cork to Southampton.The Jane, of Waterford.

The Ceres, of Cork.The Repute, of Tralee.

The Expedition, of Dungarvan. The Diligente, Portuguese Schooner.

March 21, 1828

Unnamed Schooner

On March 21st 1828, a schooner  was reported as having been lost off the entrance of Ballycotton Island. The  crew were all drowned. The unnamed schooner had left Cork Harbour that morning.

September 1828

General Hewett

In September 1828, it was reported that the General Hewett had grounded heavily on the Harbour Rock, in Cork Harbour. She  had severely damaged her hull and had to be towed in by a steam vessel, having  seven feet of water in her hold.

December 06,1828

Joseph and Dorothy

The schooner Joseph and Dorothy, of Hull,  master Morton, was lost in Inch Bay, on the night of December 6th  1828. The ship was totally destroyed, with only the two masts, bowsprit, and  some planking recoverd.

January 25, 1829


The Capricho, from Bilboa to Bristol, was lost on the  25th of January 1829. She drove ashore in Ballycotton Bay and was  totally lost.One seaman was drowned, but the rest of the crew were saved by  the local Water Guard.

January 21, 1830


A sudden south easterly  gale blew up in Cork on Thursday Jan 27th 1830. From Roberts Cove a large coaster laden with potatoes coming from the west was seen to founder.All three crew were lost.

A hooker lying in Crusheen  Bay to take on a cargo of slates was blown out of the bay with two men on board and was lost.

From Monkstown, a whale-boat  set out with 5 men on board. The were on the lookout for pilotage work, but the next sighting of the boat was bottom-up about 6 miles south of Roches Point. All were lost


February 1830


On Saturday February 6th 1830, it was reported  that the Speedwell, from Clonakilty to Dublin was driven on shore near Poor  Head, Cork.  The crew and part of the  cargo were stated to be saved

November 20, 1830


On the 20th of November 1830, the Meteor, of  Southampton, bound to Cork, was driven on shore in Ballycotton Bay

November 26,1830


On November 26th 1830, the Greenock sloop Shaw was wecked at Dunbogie Cove, near Oysterhaven. Her entire crew survived, but the ship went to pieces immediately.

November 07, 1831


On the night of Monday  November 7th 1831 one of the river steam-boats collided with a whale-boat  with three crew members, from Crosshaven. Two of the crew were drowned.

July 05, 1833

Coastguard Boat

On Friday July 5th 1833 a Crosshaven coast guard boat was returning from Cove duty with five men on board. While passing Spike Island she was seen to be overtaken by a sudden squall and capsized throwing the men in the water. All five passengers were lost

December 01, 1833


On the 1st of December 1833, a vessel competely awash was driven into Youghal Bay. She was the Minerva, bound from New York to Liverpool. Some of the crew were rescued from the rigging. Three crew were drowned, as well as the captain, found dead in his cabin.

March 16, 1835


During a strong gale on May 16th  1835, the Standard, master Poile, from Canton for Liverpool, drove ashore in  Cork Harbour. Luckily she was refloated later, with little or no damage.

September 11, 1837


On the 14th of September                 the Greenock ship Janos, bound from Greenock to Cork, got onshore beside Roches Point Lighthouse. She was luckily gotten                 off the rocks on the next tide without major damage.

September 19, 1837


The Laurel, bound  from Kinsale to Cork went ashore on Roberts Head on the night of Tuesday  19th of September 1837. The crew were all saved and part of her cargo   recovered.

January 20, 1838


The paddle-steamer Killarney, left Cork on route  to Bristol, on the 19th of December 1838. There was a severe gale blowing, and on the next day the Killarney was wrecked at Rennies Bay, near Nohoval. This wreck was infamous, due to the survivors having to cling to a pinnacle of rock for two days awaiting rescue. Only 13 survived of the 50 on board.

January 20, 1838


On the 20th of January 1838, the gales brought  another victim. This was the French brig Repatere, which ran ashore at  Kilcoleman’s Strand, off Bullens Bay, near Kinsale. The crew were all saved and  the cargo recovered.

January 24th, 1838

Unnamed Sloop

On January 21st 1838 it was blowing a gale from ESE. An unnamed sloop laden with herrings, was reported wrecked near the Sovereign Islands west of Cork Harbour. This was the same gale in which the Killarney was lost nearby

February 14 to 23,

Governor Douglas
French Brigantine
Sir Fancis Burton

Between the 14th and 16th of February 1838, violent gales blew up from the SE causing devastation around the British Isles. Cork was particularly badly hit with chaotic  scenes throughout the harbour. There was no vessel in harbour that did  not at least receive some damage. By Saturday the 18th, the shoreline  was covered with wreckage and stranded vessels.

The Terpsichore, a French frigate from Martinique to Brest was driven on shore with boats    stove in. Her topmast and yards also came down.

The Isabella and the Albion collided after dragging anchors,the Albion lost her bowspit and figurehead. The Isabella lost her mizenmast.

The Alert dragged and fouled the Governor Douglas. The Alert lost both her  masts and bowspit, and had other major damage.

The Henry, of Cork, broke from her mooring opposite Smith-Barry quay. She struck the rocks, rebounded and foundered mid-channel, off the yacht battery.

The Euterpe,  from Demerara was driven on shore opposite the yacht club house

An unnamed brigantine,  possibly French,  was seen to founder off Roches Point. Two Coast Guards described seeing the vessel,  attempting to make port, being struck by a large sea, which threw the vessel on her beam-ends. She was then struck by a further sea, from which she did not recover. There were two bodies, as a number of dead   pigs washed ashore, possibly from this vessel.

The Nailer, a  barquentine from Africa , was driven ashore at White Point.

The Emma, a Halifax schooner from Newfoundland, was dismasted and driven ashore at Haulbowline  - likely to be a total wreck.

The Julia, a  schooner from Newfoundland, was driven ashore on the rocks.

The Eliza, for  Madeira went ashore at White Point.

The Temperance,  brigantine, was ashore on the rocks

The Joseph, for  Bristol, went shore at Monkstown after breaking her anchor cable

On February 16th 1838, the Sir  Francis Burton was totally lost near Youghal. She was on route from Liverpool  to Demerara, (now in Guyana).  Her crew  were reported as saved.

February 23, 1838

Fanny Voace
John Harvey

On Friday 23rd of February 1838,  a schooner was lost with all on board, on Cable Island, south of Youghal. Five  boats inscribed “Fanny Voace” and other wreckage supposed to belong to the ill –fated  vessel, was washed ashore.

In the same storm, part of the stern of a  vessel marked John Harvey” was washed ashore on the Cork Coast. Presumably  from a vessel that had foundered at sea.

November 30, 1838


On November 30th, 1838, the brigantine Clementson went ashore near Ballycotton. Her crew including the master and owner J. Newby,  were saved, as was the cargo of copper ore and cotton. The ship however went to  pieces.

November 30, 1838


On the 30th of November, 1838, the Mary, from Maranhao in Brazil,  to Liverpool, was reported totally lost near  Cork. The crew were reported saved

December 08,1838


On December 8th 1838, the Enterprise, bound to Teneriffe, was ashore at Cork. She was reported to be  bilged.

June 1839


The brigantine Orleans, struck fast on the Cow and Calf  Rocks at Roches Point in the end of June 1839. She was floated off on Friday  July 6th by the use of empty casks, and subsequently towed to  Whitepoint for repairs.

February 09, 1840


On February 9th, 1840, fire was discovered on board the American vessel Havre. Luckily the Havre was only a few miles off  Cork Harbour. Local pilot, Kirby, succeeded in  rescuing the crew of the Havre, including the wife of the master, at great risk  to himself and his vessel. Soon afterwards, the Havre blew up and sank  east of Power Head.

July 12, 1840

HMS Vesuvius

HMS Vesuvius, a paddle steamer sloop,  was on troop-carrying duties when she  attempted to enter Cork Harbour on the 21st July 1840. There was a  thick fog and the Vesuvius grounded heavily. She was floated off later that  day, but damage done in the grounding, necessitated a refit at Plymouth

July 18, 1840

Boating accident

On Saturday 18th of July 1840, a  rowing boat overturned in Cork Harbour. On board were a Major Rogers, Lieutenant  Lawless, Mr Hugh Roche, and Mr Paul Welland. Of these only Major Rogers was  pulled from the water alive. He , in turn died a few days later.

March 12, 1841


On  Friday March 12th 1841 The schooner Abet of Cork was on route from  Swansea to Cork with a cargo of coal. In thick fog, off Cork Harbour, she was  run into by the emigrant barque Royal Saxon. Within two hours the Abet had sunk, and the Royal  Saxon detoured to Cork Harbour to offload the crew of the Abet, all of whom  were saved.

March 29, 1841

Pilot Boat

On Monday Mar 29th 1841, a pilot-boat capsized off the Cove of Cork .All hands, consiting of six persons perished.

June 24, 1842


On fiday July 1st,  1842 -The Psyche, Sommervile, in proceeding to sea, missed  stays, and grounded near Corkbeg, but got off with assistance at high  water the next evening

November 04,1842


The schooner Sarah, from Swansea, for Waterford,  was lost on Friday 4th of November, at Poor Head. The crew were  saved and taken into Cork by the Ann from Ipswich.

March 22, 1843

Earl of Roden

On Wednesday the 22nd of March, 1843, The Earl of Roden a 227 ton wooden paddle steamer belonging to the St. George Steam Packet Company was run ashore in a gale at Ballylanders, between power Head and Ballycotton.The ship was broken up by the weather within days.

May 21, 1844

John Mitchell

In 1844 a heavy gale  from NW to N hit Cork on May 16th. As a result. the John Mitchell, from China, drove on to the mud bank near the Middle Spit Buoy. It   was believed not damaged. The barque M.Evers was blown onto  Haulbowline Island in the same gale.

December 12,1844


On the 12th of December 1844,  the Heywood, bound for Africa, drove hard aground on the Spit bank. She was not  gotten off until the 24th of the same month.

December 13, 1844


On Friday Dec 14th 1844, the paddle-steamer Vanguard was on route from Dublin to Cork. There was a stiff south-westerly gale blowing and the Vanguard hit the Cow and Calf rocks off Roches Point and drifted ashore. Luckily all on board were rescued. The ship was later salved and resumed on the Cork to Dublin route.

December 20, 1844

Unknown Vessel

On Friday the 20th of December  1844 part of a ships boat was driven into Rocky Bay, near Nohoval, it was  painted lead-colour on the inside. On the following Monday, the mainmast of a  schooner, of about 150 tons drifted into Ringabella Bay. It had only been in  the water a short time, and was broken off under the rigging. It was surmised that an unknown vessel had  foundered off the harbour, and that these pieces of wreck were all that  remained of her.

October 26, 1845


Press reports recorded  that the Helen, of Ayr, grounded on the Spit Bank in the Cove of Cork,  on the 19th of October and remained

On Saturday 01st of November 1845 The Sirius, Captain Spencer, of the City of Cork Steam Packet Company on route to Liverpool collided with the brigantine Luvius,Captain Cox. The Luvius sank, but  luckily the master of the Luvius and his crew were able to escape in the ships  boat

April 07, 1846


The American Barquetine Winipac left Cork on Tues April 7th 1846 bound for Havannah, Cuba. However there was a fresh southerly breeze blowing and the Winipac went on shore in White Bay on the eastern side of the Harbour. The Winipac soon became a total wreck

April 13, 1846

Robert Burns

On the 13th of April, 1846, the Robert Burns collided with  the barque Helen Hamilton, 9 miles south of Poor Head. The Robert Burns sank,  but her crew were rescued and brought to Cork by the Helen Hamilton.

April 22, 1846

Harriet Rockwell

On April 22nd 1846, the American ship Harriet Rockwell went ashore at Whitepoint, while beating down the river. She  was hauled off a day later with no damage.

January 16, 1847


The wooden paddle-steamer Sirius was one of the  most famous ships of the era.  This was the little 700 ton ship that had  beaten Brunel’s mighty Great Western in the race to become the first steamship  to cross the Atlantic under power in 1838.  In January 1847 she was a replacement vessel for the steamer Ocean on the Dublin to Cork route, under Captain Moffat. 

On January 16th 1847 the Sirius was  on route from Dublin to Cork when she ran into thick fog off the Cork  Coast.  Without warning, at four in the  morning, the ship ran up on an underwater reef of rocks off Ballycotton, called  the Smiths Rocks.It was   decided to reverse the steamer off the ledge, but it was then found that  she was taking on more water than the vessel could cope with. The fatal  decision was made to run to shore.  The ship grounded on a reef in Weare Cove. She  immediately began to be pounded by the sea.There was mass confusion on board, and 20 people were drowned in an ineffectual boat launch

The hero of the day was passenger Captain Archibald  Cameron, who, in conjunction with the arrival  of the Ballycotton coastguard boat, organised getting the survivors ashore.  In July 1847, Captain Cameron  was awarded the silver medal by the Royal Humane Society for his heroic  actions.

Local people quickly swarmed to the scene of the wreck,  recovering much of the flotsam from the Sirius. The military then arrived and  cordoned off the scene.

The wooden hull Sirius was broken up by the sea in days, and  the remains of her iron machinery were sold to Kilmicheal shovel mills. Her  wheel shaft survives to this day, mounted on the banks of the Lee, in  Glenbrook.

The best published source of information on this wreck is contained  in the book Captain Roberts of the Sirius, by Daphne D.C. Pochin Mould,  published in 1988. ISBN 0 9513282 0 4.

March 28, 1847

Eliza and Mary

On the morning of Sunday  28th of March, 1847, a corn-laden vessel was lost at Nohoval Bay.  She was the Eliza and Mary of Cork. She was bound from Youghal to Clonakilty  when she struck, and all on board perished. The bodies of two small children  were washed ashore that day.

December 17, 1847

Henrietta Mary

On December 17th 1847, a ship grounded between Power  Head and Trobolgan and quickly went to pieces. She turned out to the Henrietta  Mary, of New Ross. This vessel had been abandoned some days before by the  remainder of her crew. They were taken off by the brig Caroline. Observers on the clifftop observed one body  still lying on deck as the ship was dashed to pieces.

November 14, 1848


On Tuesday November 14th 1848  the Jessie, master Paton, went on the Smiths Rocks, near Ballycotton. She was  on a voyage from limerick to Glasgow, with a cargo of oats. All of  the crew were saved, but it was thought that  the vessel would become a total loss

December 13, 1848


On Wednesday 13th December 1848,  the schooner Falcon, of Glasgow, went on shore at Ballycotton. All the crew  (except one) were saved, and the schooner went to pieces.

December 15 to 17, 1848

General Scott Thomas
Unnamed Brig
Ann Wise
Thomas and Edward

A violent storm lasting 3 days struck the Irish coast in December 1848. Described as being of hurricane  proportions by some, it damaged buildings as well as holding up all coastal and cross-channel steamer traffic .  In Cork Harbour and along the coast, the effects of the storm were terrible. Local people had   never seen such a large sea running in the harbour.

About 10am on the 15th of December  a foreign brigantine probably the Minto of Yarmouth, laden  with oranges and oil from the Mediterranean parted her anchor cable at Barry's Head and drove ashore at Dunbogue Cove. All fifteen of  her crew were drowned.  
By mid-morning the 15th of December, there were hurricane-like conditions with the  wind from the SSW.

The brigantine General Scott, for America had driven on shore in Morrisons Bay, at the east end  of Harbour Row..

There was an unnamed brig ashore at Ballymore, two miles east of the town.

The schooner Ann Wise,  from Odessa, had run ashore at Cuskinny.

The schooner Thomas andEdward, master Penner, for Liverpool went ashore at Kitchen Cove.
The pilot cutter Rose had sunk at Smith Barry's quay.

The schooner Despatch, from Rye, fouled another Portuguese schooner, with the latter losing     her bowspit and having other damage done
The Pandora,  of Wexford, drove on shore between Ballycotton and Ballycrina. The crew were  lost and the vessel became a total wreck. The only survivor was a Newfoundland dog.

June 25, 1849


June 25th 1849 The Nautilus, of Aberdeen, bound from Salonica in Greece,grounded on the bank in Crosshaven Roads. She had to be discharged  with lighters before she could be gotten afloat again