The Wreck of the Young England

Extracts from the diary of George Charles Jones,
Coastguard, Skerries, Ireland.


Sunday 14th November 1852

Daylight fresh gales with rain ESE.
Sunset, fresh gales with rain ESE.
Night fresh breezes and hazy, clear and cloudy with showers at times ESE.

The state of the weather prevented me attending at church. I wrote to Mr Walsh respecting the “Grace and Ann”, at 9 we observed rockets and lights near Balbriggan , I and Clark walked there at 12 o’clock. Met Mr Barett who told us a ship was on shore on his north guard.

Monday 15th November 1852

Daylight calm & hazy at 12 o’clock lunchtime to cloudy.
Sunset moderate & cloudy SE.
Night moderate to light breezes & cloudy ESE.

The boat and crew out picking up parts of the wreck & cargo of the Barque “Young England”, wrecked off Balbriggan harbour yesterday overseeing of Mr Robertson master.
I went to Balbriggan to see Mr Walsh & called at Barretts.

Tuesday 16th November 1852

Daylight light to strong breezes with rain ESE to north
Sunset strong breezes & cloudy North
Night strong breezes & cloudy NNW

At 4am I patrolled to Barragena to watch for the wrecked goods coming on shore but found non, Clark and Mr Hamilton with me. Mr Walsh came here at 5pm & took the deposition of Mr James Haggins the master of the smack “Grace & Ann” and went to Balbriggan after tea.
Got ½ ton of coals for watch house.

Wednesday 17th November 1852

Daylight fresh breezes & cloudy to strong gales with rain North
Sunset strong breezes with rain North
Night fresh breezes and cloudy NW

The crew attended by Sergeant Hawes employed searching for concealed wrecked property and succeeded in getting a great quantity of various kinds, party did not return until 6pm.
Fanny wrote to her aunt.

Thursday 18th November 1852

Daylight fresh breezes & cloudy NW tofine West
Sunset moderate and cloudy west
Night moderate and cloudy N to SW

J Clarke, Mr Ricketts, Mr Watty and Mr Hamilton accompanied by sergeant Hawes of the constabulary force employed searching for concealed wrecked property through the town.
At noon I.Com. visited this station.
Searching party returned at 6.30pm with a cart load of wrecked property.

Friday 19th November 1852

Daylight light breezes & clear to cloudy SW rain at 1.30pm.
Sunset fresh breezes thick with rain SE.
Night moderate to fresh breezes & cloudy with some showers SW.

I visited Loughshinney after breakfast and examined the wrecked timber picked up there.
J Clarke employed a short time in searching for wrecked property in(?) with Sergeant Hawes.

Saturday 20th November 1852

Daylight light B & cloudy NW
Sunset fresh breezes and cloudy NNE
Night Moderate to fresh and cloudy ENE

Subscription to “Commercial Journal” expires this day, cleaned part of the plate. Mr Walsh and 2 other gentlemen called after dinner.

Sunday 21st November 1852

Daylight strong breezes and cloudy NE
Sunset fresh breezes and cloudy North
Night fresh and clear NW

Rec’d a letter from Mr Jas. Young 5 Dock St, Belfast relative to a ..?..
Fanny & I went to church where I lost my specs. Rev’d G Boyle PP paid us a visit.

Friday 26th November 1852

Daylight strong breezes and cloudy south to west tofine & cloudy alternately
Sunset strong breezes and cloudy NW by W
Night fresh breezes and clear to cloudy with a few light showers of rain NSW

Received a letter of information by post relation to Jas Derham having 20 boxes of wrecked property concealed about his premises.
Mr & Mrs & Miss Newcoman paid us a visit.

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