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Re: 18th Century Ship
From: Don Seltzer
Date: 2016 May 31, 17:21 -0400
I inquired on another list and the legendary John Harland offered the following:
In 1863, The MacDuff schooner ‘Providence’ was on route from Troon to Portrush with a cargo of coal, as she came by Bengore the wind came up from the west, which was dead ahead. She managed to get up to the Skerries but could not get right up into the sheltered deeper water and stood off the White Rocks. She dropped her two anchors, unfortunately the wind veered to the north-west and dragged her anchors and grounded her in the breakers of the Strand. Being in the breakers she broke up and her crew washed off, three were drowned.
Two boats came out from the shore to give assistance, one with a crew of fishermen and the other of coastguardsmen – -they also got into difficulties with the loss of two fishermen, David Martin and John Hammond, Jack Winters of the coastguard also lost his life in the other boat.
Would any one know of a site where I might be find any record of a Ship that down approximately in the 1830's off Port Rush, Northern Ireland. One of my relatives was a member of the Life Boat Service out of Port Rush.
He perished endeavoring to victims of this tragedy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I've been searching for years with no luck
Michael G. Martin
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