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The Coastguard Cutter 2.22
The Coastguard Cutter 2.22 Sept/Oct 2017. Issue 22 An order was received on Saturday morning by the Commander of the Coastguard in Galway, calling upon all men under 50 years of age, to hold themselves in readiness to join the Navy at a moments notice....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.21
The Coastguard Cutter 2.21 July/August 2017. Issue 21 A small cutter-rigged vessel, of about 30 tons burden, laden with smuggled tobacco in bales, and having also on board about a dozen ankers of gin, was made prize of on Friday evening off Bunmahon, having being abandoned by her crew.....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.20
The Coastguard Cutter 2.20 May/June 2017. Issue 20 A fire which threatened to be of the most formidable and destructive character broke out shortly after 7 o’clock to night, in the carpenter’s workshop and dairy yard of Mr.Michael Brady, Cross ave. Hundreds of persons of all classes, sizes, and conditions were to be seen in hot haste towards the place where the flames arose...
The Coastguard Cutter 2.19
The Coastguard Cutter 2.19 Mar/Apr 2017. Issue 19 In more recent times a little discreet smuggling has continued all along the coast of Wexford. Probably the most unusual form of barter, which legally amounted to smuggling occurred during the 1914-18 War, when German submarines, operating off the south coast of Wexford, occasionally sent dinghies ashore for supplies....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.18
The Coastguard Cutter 2.18 Jan/Feb 2017. Issue 18 THE TROUBLES IN IRELAND IN 1921 Station after station was burned by the Republicans, one unfortunate District Officer having had no less than seven stations burned over his head and finishing up with furniture consisting of a Wolseley valise, a Tate cube sugar box as a table, and a case of small arm ammunition as a chair, light being supplied by a candle stuck on a block of wood....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.17
The Coastguard Cutter 2.17 Nov/Dec 2016. Issue 17 TORR HEAD COASTGUARD STATION GRATEFUL Although the Grateful is described in press accounts of her stranding near Torr Head as a trawler, there is good reason to believe she was employed on war service.Snow, and gale, made conditions when she was driven ashore....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.16
The Coastguard Cutter 2.16 Sept/Oct 2016. Issue 16 G 24. Wreck of a Spanish ship at Ballycotton Island. We regret to announce the loss of another vessel in the gale of Sat. The details will be found in the following letter. The humane conduct of Lt. Lloyd in saving so many from destruction...
The Coastguard Cutter 2.15
The Coastguard Cutter 2.15 July/August 2016. Issue 15 Q24. Coastguard Inspection. 1864. Kingstown. The Comptroller general of Coastguards, Commodore Ryder, visited the Royal George today in his official capacity. The men were all piped to man yards as he went aboard. Captain De Courcy, R.N. Commander, V.Robinson, Inspecting Commander of Coastguards, and the officers of the vessel, received the Commodore,....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.14
The Coastguard Cutter 2.14 May/June 2016. Issue 14 P24. Raid on Cullenstown station. 1920. In a daring and successful raid at Cullenstown (Co.Wexford) Coastguard station raiders carried off 5 Webley revolvers, ammunition and equipment . Shortly after midnight 12 masked men surrounded the station and apprehended one of the coastguards who was bound and.....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.13
The Coastguard Cutter 2.13 March/April 2016. Issue 13 G156.Wrecking. (From a Correspondent) At the Arklow sessions on Thursday last, Robert Hempenstall and Patrick McDonnell were fined in the mitigated penalty of £1 each or One months imprisonment,...
The Coastguard Cutter 2.12
The Coastguard Cutter 2.12 January/February 2016. Issue 12 P169. Shipwreck and Loss of Ten Lives. 1841. During the heavy gale of Wednesday morning, the 24th inst about 4 o’clock a.m. the schooner ‘James Cook’ of Limerick, bound from Sligo to Glasgow....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.11
The Coastguard Cutter 2.11 November/December 2015. Issue 11 G144.Fatal Accident to Coastguard. On Friday morning last a man of the name of Kinsley, A Coast Guard at the Doonbeg Station, had just returned into his own house from duty; his wife and children were all still in bed, when suddenly they were aroused from sleep by the report of a gun-shot....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.10
The Coastguard Cutter 2.10 September/October 2015. Issue 10 Bad Storm at Dublin. 1877. One of the mud-boats lying in the river Liffey, having several men on board, broke from its moorings and was carried by the tide towards Clontarf. ....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.9
The Coastguard Cutter 2.9 July/August 2015. Issue 9. FUN. A coastguard meets a pirate on the dock. The pirate has a peg leg, a hook, and an eye patch. "How'd you end up with a peg leg?" asks the coastguard. "I was swept overboard in a storm," says the pirate. "A shark bit off me whole leg." ....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.8
The Coastguard Cutter 2.8 May/June 2015. Issue 8. G82. The ‘Veronica’ of Belfast. A fine brig of 350 tons, from Liverpool to Charleston, United states, laden with salt and coal was wrecked on the bar at Inch, in Dingle Bay, last Sunday. Female passenger, named Jennings, was swept off the deck and perished. By the extraordinary exertion and intrepidity of the Coast Guard...
The Coastguard Cutter 2.7
The Coastguard Cutter 2.7 March / April 2015. Issue 7. Q178. Smugglers Benefit Night. 1844. Dun Laoghaire. Just above the final angle of the East Pier of Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the place where, in British days, the guardship for the then “Royal Harbour” used to ride at anchor. The guardship system seems to have been a hangover from the days of sail, when warships were anchored to guard harbours they “ they grounded on their beef bones".....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.6
The Coastguard Cutter 2.6 January / February 2015. Issue 6. LX222. Capture of Smuggler by the "Essex" 1824. The ‘Essex’ on her passage from Plymouth to her station at Kingstown to receive convicts, captured a large lugger laden with tobacco, gin etc. a cargo said to be of immense value. The ‘Essex’ was going large up the Irish channel, when between Wicklow Head and the Kish light in the night, and the weather being very thick.....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.5
The Coastguard Cutter 2.5 November / December 2014. Issue 5. F49.The Crimean War. During the war, 3,000 men of the Coastguard were drafted to the fleet. The Revenue Cruisers were sent to intercept the enemies shipping in the channel and in this they were remarkably successful.
The Coastguard Cutter 2.4
The Coastguard Cutter 2.4 September / October 2014. Issue 4. An Apology. In our last July / August Newsletter an error occurred in the dating of the first item, “An Incident at Howth”, as 1916. The correct date is 3 June 1914. Tony Daly.

The Coastguard Cutter 2.3
The Coastguard Cutter 2.3 June/ July 2014. Issue 3 P261., An Incident at Howth. 1916. Co.Dublin. A Police man said he would like to draw attention to an incident which took place at Howth when the gun-runners assembled to the number of 1,000 or 1,200.....
The Coastguard Cutter 2.2
The Coastguard Cutter 2.2 May /June 2014. Issue 2. Piracy in Blacksod Bay. 1865. Co.Mayo A few days ago while a schooner laden with Indian Corn, bound for Westport, was passing the Island of Innishea, in Blacksod Bay, a number of islanders in about twenty curraghs forced their way on board...
The Coastguard Cutter 2.1
The Coastguard Cutter 2.1 March /April 2014. Issue 1. Q30.Gallant Rescue by Coastguards. 1869 Co.Antrim Gallant rescue of six men by the Coastguards at Whitehouse. During the fearful gale on Saturday night last, at 10.30. the watchman at the Coastguard Station, Whitehouse, hearing cries of distress, reported same to his officer, Mr.Simon Ahern, who at once ordered a boat to be manned, Charles Pethick, chief boatman, Nichulas Jenkins, commissioned boatman, Bernard M’Loughlin, James Cambridge, and William Pengally, boatmen...
The Coastguard Cutter Rebooted
Some of you may remember The Coastguard Cutter, our newsletter that ran from 2003 to 2009. At it's height it had a couple of hundred subscribers. Unfortunately, due to the workload involved it was eventually shut down. However, I'm delighted to inform you that Tony has decided to reboot it. It will no longer be sent as an email but more as a mini-magazine here on the site. It's going to be posted via our (much unused) news system. Each volume will be posted in it's own news category. Each new edition will be displayed on the front page as well as in the general news list. Feel free to comment your thoughts. Enjoy :)
The Coastguard Cutter Newsletter
The "Coastguard Cutter" is the monthly newsletter of Coastguards of Yesteryear, each one written by Tony featuring site updates, stories and fascinating snippets of coastguard information and their lives, all registered members can view the archived editions in the Articles section and if you wish to receive future editions just click 'Edit Profile' and click Yes for the Newsletter.