GENERAL SEAFARING SNIPPETS from old newspapers
A SUCCESSION OF DOTS ...... AT THE END OF AN ARTICLE, DENOTES THERE IS MORE.

22/12/1855 - SEAVIEW. During the violent gale from the north-east on Tuesday night the "Altraneda" yacht, belonging to R.A.GRAY Esq., of Priory, was driven ashore in the bay and totally wrecked. This is the only casualty we have heard of along the shore in the Isle of Wight. (IW Observer)

26/04/1856 - A smack named the "Bee", belonging to Mr Henry KELLEWAY, of Freshwater, is reported at Yarmouth this week of having foundered at sea a few days ago in the western channel, on her passage to the eastward from Cornwall, laden with granite stone. The crew, seeing the imminent danger of the unfortunate craft, immediately took to the boats and were saved from sharing the same fate in the perils of the deep, although the wind was blowing a strong gale at the time the casualty took place. (IW Observer)

27/09/1879 - THE GALE which has blown with such violence this week, proved rather destructive to property on the shore here. A small boat belonging to Mr J.H.WESTMORE, the "Snowdrop", was damaged beyond repair; and Mr C.JAMES' fishing boat was rendered useless. The storm was unexpected and the boats were not hauled up out of danger, as is generally done when a high tide is thought probable. (IW Adv. Ryde & Ventnor Times)

30/01/1886 - The fishing smack "Nelly" of Hythe, took fire at her moorings on Wednesday night, off Ryde Pier. Mr George AUSTIN, Trinity pilot, of the Pilot cutter, "Ranger", who had been onboard his vessel to see to the riding lamp and to see all was safe onboard, was returning to shore about 10oclock when he saw flames emitting from the "Nelly". After assuring himself there was no-one on board, he immediately commenced to get the flames under, but not before the cabin contents, sails, &c., were completely gutted. The coastguard came to assist and towed the vessel on to the sand. She is owned by Mr Henry BANKS of Hythe ...... (C/Press)


09/02/1895 - Mr R. GREENHAM, Trinity pilot, of Sea View, who was saved from the "Elbe", arrived home on Friday last; and was ordered rest and quietness by his medical advisor. He has suffered greatly from the shock and has a frost-bite wound on his hand. Mr GREENHAM has now had three narrow escapes from shipwreck. He was in the pilot cutter which was run down by the ill-fated "Elbe" and afterwards was in the "Hesperus" which was wrecked off Yarmouth. (C/Press)


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