Dreadful Accident at Derry

The Evening Herald. Tuesday 30 August 1892

Derry Monday.

The boating fatality on Lough Swilly

A verdict of accidental drowning was today returned at the inquest on the bodies of coastguardsmen Richard Tibbles and William John Stowers, natives of Plymouth and Kent respectively, who were drowned in Lough Swilly about midnight on Saturday through the capsizing of a boat in which they were conveying to the training ship Calypas nine midshipmen who had attended a dance. It transpired that the midshipmen crowded into the stern against the boatmens advice.

Richard Tibbles

Navy Record

Original newspaper clipping

2 Comments · 17786 Reads · Print  -> Posted by Tony on September 01 2009


#1 | john richard mills on 02/09/2009 11:26:20
Richard Tibbles was my maternal great grandfather. His tragic death meant my grandmother never knew her father. My great grandmother had just become pregnant at the time of the accident.
My grandmother died in 1998 aged 105.

One error in the original newspaper article states that Richard came from Plymouth. He actually came from Portsmouth.

John (Portsmouth, England)
#2 | kilmeny on 05/09/2009 10:29:51
Thanks for sharing this bit of your family history.....and sorry that other men's folly meant an early, and tragic death of your ancestor.

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