The Coastguard Cutter Vol3 No1

January 2005
Vol. 3 - No.1.



Further rescues took place on February 26th.1903, when the coastguard once again assisted the R.N.L.I. in the rescue of the crew of four from the schooner “BRACKLEY” and again on March 19th.1911, with the successful bringing ashore of the four man crew of the schooner “LORNE”. The coastguard crew in the latter rescue were Chief Officer Hadden, Chief Petty Officer Fred Hanson, William Barnes and G.Pierce.



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Wit and Wisdom of Ireland.

May you be in Heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

The Irish Coastguard.

The Morning Chronicle says “It is understood that the Coastguard of Ireland – a body who can be made available as fighting men as required – shall shortly be placed under a new variety of regulations. All the highly paid and useless offices will be abolished as they become vacant, while the situations of the working officers and men will be rendered more permanent and advantageous”. (4)


Dear Friend,

Happy new year and welcome to the January 2005 edition of
"The Coastguard Cutter".

This is the third year during which we hope the Coastguard Cutter, the "Lady Margaret" will continue to bring you items of interest from the stations that circled our Irish coast till 1922. While we will be delving into the past, may we be allowed today, to look into the future.

We would like to wish all the Men and Women in Worldwide Coast Guard Services setting out on dangerous rescue missions, successful journeys and a safe return home.


Happenings in Co.Wicklow.

Some County Wicklow News.
19th. March 1901: "Chief-boatman Walter Miller of Wicklow Coastguards, has transferred to Achill Island, on promotion as Chief Boatman-in-charge. During his stay in Wicklow, owing to his genial disposition, he gained for himself a considerable number of friends. They regret his transfer, but as it is a promotion, they wish him every success.

Deaths in Wicklow People Sat 26th May 1900. p.4.
Garrett: 23 May 1900 at 44 North Summer-st Dublin, Susan Amelia, eldest & dearly loved daughter of William & Harriet Garrett, late officer of Ballinacarrig Coastguard Station, Co Wicklow, aged 17yr. 'Forever with the Lord' Interred in Drumcondra Churchyard on Friday 25th inst."
Burial Returns for Church Hill Churchyard, Wicklow Town
Book 1874-1909 (4th Book)(1)Entry No 21. pg.3."Adalaide Anne Kilbery, Coastguard Station, Wicklow aged 27yr. Bur. 6 Jan 1876 by Ref. Henry Rooke.(2) Albert Starding ? Coast-Guard Station, Wicklow aged 5yr. Bur 16th March 1891.

Commander of Coastguards at Wicklow.

In In the House of Commons on Thursday, Mr.Field asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Inspecting Commander of Coastguards lately appointed to the Wicklow Station, whose headquarters are in Wicklow town, and whose duties and service require his presence on the coast, lives several miles inland, and whether this was in accordance with the regulations of the coastguard system.
Mr.Austin Chamberlain- The Inspecting Commander of the Wicklow division of the coastguards resides at Glenealy, 4 miles from Wicklow, as no suitable house could be obtained for him in Wicklow, or nearer than Glenealy. This is in accordance with the regulations of the coastguards.

Combined Artillery, Coastguard and Naval Exercise.   15th.August 1889.


On Thursday at about half past twelve o'clock five torpedo boats threatened Wicklow. The Coastguards over the Head at once signalled the camp of the Dublin Artillery Militia and in less than a quarter of an hour the guns at the Black Castle were fully manned. The torpedo boats had a signal to that effect transmitted from shore as an indication that their little game was spoilt as far as Wicklow was concerned. The War boats were apparently stealing past, but if they had steamed within range of the Wicklow defences they would have received a hot reception". (2)

Fatal Accident – Bray. December 22nd.

I have to record a most melancholy and fatal accident off this shore. A boat belonging to a Mrs. Cuthbert of Bray, manned by two brothers of the name of Archer, Green, John Whelan and Lynch, returning from Kingstown where they had been seen fishing for herrings, was upset about one mile from the shore, opposite No.2 Tower. It is supposed she was under a press of sail. William Callaghan, Boatman of the Coastguard was on the look-out at the Tower, and, immediately on seeing the catastrophe, with most praiseworthy alacrity ran down to the shore, and in conjunction with Archer, a brother of the unfortunate man on the vessel, succeeded in launching a shore boat, in which at the imminent risk of their lives, they pushed off and succeeded in rescuing Green. The other four poor fellows were consigned to a watery grave. (3)



Torr Coastguard Station, Co.Antrim. O.P.W. Details.

Cottage for 1 man and watch-house. “A cottage 50’ x 22’ divided into a dwelling for 1 man and a watch-house. The whole enclosed by a circular wall. the above cottage is on a rocky hill 300 feet above the sea and was erected by the Crown. At the foot of the hill is a rood of land used as a garden and on the beach 350 yards from the cottages the boat-house of the station 40’x 30’

Four cottages erected by the Crown 1877. Officer’s house 1881, 5 rooms

References :
  1. The Wicklow People. 7th.May 1898.
  2. "Wicklow Newsletter" Correspondent Mr. McPhail. 17th.August 1889.
  3. Dublin Evening Post Tuesday 26th.December 1843.
  4. Dublin Evening Post Tuesday 12th.December 1848.

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