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Where: Munster, Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 February 1884

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We were beginning to feel withdrawal symptoms as we hadn't had a Poole image for a while, and here is a really sad one. The sailing ship "Earl of Beaconsfield", its yards gone agley, keeled over on its side, and looking very down in the mouth is the subject. Any vessel coming to grief like that will look like a tragedy, but a magnificent sailing ship looks particularly tragic.

What was the story and where did it happen?

UPDATE - Well, we certainly got the story, and where it happened. Delira that we now have a date and location for this Poole photograph - February 1884, and just off Cheekpoint at the delightfully named Buttermilk Castle. Thank you all.

Congratulations to all on yesterday's image being listed in EXPLORE!

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: February 1884

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 0108a

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 01/Aug/2023 07:59:31

    One ship that seemed to have had a lot of troubles.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Aug/2023 08:54:50 She did not have any luck whatsoever!

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    • 01/Aug/2023 10:15:30

    Here is the official goss - via - ... On the following morning, the weather having moderated still more, some tugs belonging to the Waterford Steamship Company went out, and having taken hold of the vessel, brought her into the river, but before they could get her into the harbour the tide had turned, and they were obliged to cast anchor and hold on until the following tide, when they took her up the harbour, and laid her on the mud. There the cargo was retrimmed, and the vessel pumped out, and she has since been towed round to Greenock, where she now is, her cargo having been discharged preparatory to undergoing repairs ..." It's not super clear what date in February 1884 this was. [I went on a wild goose chase after another 'Earl of Beaconsfield' which was shipwrecked near Hull in 1887]

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    • 01/Aug/2023 10:19:52

    Named after Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) []via []

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    John Spooner

    • 01/Aug/2023 10:44:26

    The Board of Trade Inquiry "into the abandonment of the sailing ship Earl of Beaconsfield off the coast of Ireland on 13th February" concluded (in summary) that no-one was to blame.

    - the ship was new and had been inspected by Lloyds - it had been "admirably stowed" - the master made every effort to get the ship into port - the master was right to abandon the ship when he did - the owners had insured the ship and freight "very fully", but she was not over insured - the primary cause was the violence of the gale - but also: some coal had shifted in the storm, causing a list, which could (and ought to) have been prevented by the use of shifting boards (especially as the planned voyage included rounding of Cape Horn)
    As Mr Rothery, Wrecks Commissioner, didn't (but could have) put it, "It was just one of those things". There were 32 crew and one stowaway. (North British Daily Mail - Saturday 29 March 1884)

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    John Spooner

    • 01/Aug/2023 10:55:46

    [] My first hit this morning was also the "wrong" Earl of Beaconsfield - a notice in April 1887 that the said ship was expected at Coleraine with 1,200 bags of Norrington manure, at reduced prices (and extra reductions if you collected it from the ship). (Coleraine Chronicle - Saturday 23 April 1887) Everything you ever wanted to know about Norrington manure here. In contrast, the following notice in the paper is for genuine guano from Ichaboe Island, arriving at Derry on the "Hedwig".

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Aug/2023 12:35:08

    Hedwig was good at delivering Howlers!

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    John Carson Essex UK.

    • 01/Aug/2023 15:21:24

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