Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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18 FEBRUARY 1862

SHIPPING CASUALTY

Belfast, February 17 – The MARY YOUNGER, from Ardrossan for Cardiff, with pig iron, spring a leak, and sank at Groomsport; crew saved.
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18 FEBRUARY 1864

SHIPPING NEWS

New York, January 14 – The brig ORINOCO, Elderkin, at Boston for London, reports: -

In latitude, 41 44; longitude, 43; spoke barque EXCHANGE, from Ardrossan for Boston, with loss of mainmast and boats, and supplied with provisions.
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18 FEBRUARY 1868

MARRIAGE

At Princes Street, Ardrossan, on the 14th instant, by the Rev. W. R. Murray, Mr Samuel Campbell, merchant, Alexandria, to Mary McLellan, third daughter of the late Mr Alexander McGregor, Alexandria.
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18 FEBRUARY 1869

BODY OF A SEAMAN WASHED ASHORE

On the afternoon of Tuesday last, the body of a man was discovered by some boys on the beach at Burnfoot, near Ardrossan. The body had evidently been a long while in the water, and was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

The dress indicated that deceased had been a sailor, and most probably had lost his life by shipwreck.

The remains were taken in charge by the parochial authorities.
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19 FEBRUARY 1841

SHIPPING CASUALTY

Campbeltown, February 15 – The JEANIE, Wylie, from Dublin to Saltcoats, was totally wrecked 12 miles to the southward, 12th instant; crew saved.
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19 FEBRUARY 1847

SHIPPING NEWS

Liverpool, February 16 – The GOVAN HILL, from Ardrossan for Runcorn, in coming up the Mersey last night got in contact with the JAMES ANDERSON, from London, and afterwards went on shore in Bootle Bay.
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19 FEBRUARY 1849

ACCIDENT AND NARROW ESCAPE AT ARDROSSAN

On Wednesday afternoon last, while a young lad, sixteen years of age, apprentice on the barque WARRIOR, of Drogheda, at present in Ardrossan Harbour, was in the act of raising the signal at the royal mast head of the vessel, he unfortunately fell from that high situation into the water, a distance of at least 95 feet. In his descent he came in contact with both the rigging of the ship and the quay.

He was quickly got out, and Doctors Steven and Houston were speedily in attendance.

The captain promptly and humanely supplied him with comfortable lodgings in the town, where with medical treatment, it is thought he will survive, although his head and face have been most dreadfully injured; at first his skull was deemed fractured. The effects of the misfortune will be, however, always visible on him.

He is an interesting boy, of the name of Kirk, and son of the postmaster at Clogher, near Drogheda.
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19 FEBRUARY 1864

VESSEL PASSED

New York, February 2 – The derelict vessel MARTIN LUTHER, of Ardrossan, was again passed on the 28th December, in latitude 53N; LONGITUDE, 26W, by the MONARCH OF THE SEA, Kirkcaldy.
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19 FEBRUARY 1876

ARDROSSAN - FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE HARBOUR

Yesterday afternoon, Mr Greig, chief engineer of the screw steamer FOAM, met with an accident which terminated fatally.

He was leaving the steamer and while in the act of stepping on the quay (there being no gangway) he fell into the water. William Breckenridge, one of the pilots, at once went down with a rope and kept him up till a boat arrived, which took him ashore. In the fall Mr Greig's head must have come in contact either with the steamer's side or the quay wall.
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20 FEBRUARY 1860

DEATH

At 1 Palmerston Place, McAuslan Street, Glasgow, on the 19th instant, Martha Montgomery, relict of Robert Lawrie, builder, Ardrossan.
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20 FEBRUARY 1861

SHIPPING CASUALTY

Report of Captain Alexander Smith of the FIDELITY brigantine, 108 tons, of and from Ardrossan for Newport, Monmouthshire, with pig iron, at Waterford.

“Put into Lamlash through contrary winds. Left there February 7, at 8 p.m., N.W., light.

February 8: -

Easterly, light, and fine; midnight, strong, took in all small sails.

February 9: -

2 a.m., double-reefed the topsail, stowed mainsail, and furled foresail;

6 a.m., sprung foreyard; immediately laid ship to under a balanced-reefed mainsail, her head to the S.E. – being then off Bardsey Island a gale from E.N.E., with snow, heavy sea running, ship labouring very much, and making water; pumps kept constantly going;

8 p.m., boarded by a heavy sea which filled the mainsail, broke mainsheet and mainboom, carried away all the starboard bulwarks and stanchions abaft the main rigging; ship lying to under main staysail; midnight, moderating, but still a heavy sea, wind E; being off Bishops, which bore S. by E.

February 10: -

Fresh from eastward, being then off the Smalls which bore S. Ship under two staysails jib and balance-reefed mainsail, heading to the northward. Midnight, E.S.E., moderate, ship under all possible sail. Sent a portion of the mainboom up for a foreyard, set a double-reefed topsail and topgallant sail;

2 a.m., made Tuskar Light, right ahead; tacked ship to the westward; 10 a.m., made the Hook Tower; continued working up Waterford Harbour;

8 p.m., anchored off Waterford Passage, where the ship now lies to undergo the necessary repairs, so as to enable her to proceed on her intended voyage.”
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20 FEBRUARY 1861

SHIPPING NEWS

New York, February 1 – The brig WILLIAM A BROWN, Lockwood, from Ardrossan, with iron, etc., arrive here, reports having had heavy weaher during the entire passage. Has been 9 days north of Hatteras, with heavy weather. On December 4, John Sivill, of Isle of Wight, second officer, while setting the foresail, fell overboard and was drowned.

New York, February 5 – The ALICE FRANKLIN, Clements, from Ardrossan, arrived here, reports having thrown overboard part of her cargo, 17th January, in latitude 39N, longitude 72W.
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