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Hougomont stranded at Allonby

Hougomont grounded at Allonby repaired at Maryport Sea Breezes June 1927
Hougomont stranded at Allonby in a storm, masts broken, part cargo swept onto beach, recovered to Maryport for service, later stranded on Fire Island, refloated, a lucky and successful ship. Sea Breezes magazine June and July 1927 were devoted to Marport. The picture of Hougomont forms an appropriate front cover; her adventures in the Solway are vividly described in an article within. 6,500 copies of the magazine were sold out by 3rd June! Front page of Sea Breezes June 1927

Hougomont stranded on Fire Island outside New York

Hougomont aground on Fire Island beach 1918 Sea Breezes 1927
Hougomont, as she lay on the beach at Fire Island, 7th February, 1918. Fortunately she got off, and is still going strong, being one of this season's grain fleet from Australia. She lay on the beach at Allonby and then at Fire Island, she was a right layabout, but she was still going strong. Sea Breezes June 1927

Hougomont dismasted after the storm

Hougomont stranded at Allonby 1903 after storm
An adventure for Allonby children when the four-mast barque Hougomont on 27th February 1903 stranded at Allonby after a hurricane blew her away from the entrance to Maryport harbour. Masts and rigging were destroyed and cargo strewn on the beach. Perhaps the children are wrapped up while the storm and rains continued. . From Bill Cameron collection

Hougomont cargo washed on Allonby shore

Hougomont stranded at Allonby 1903 after storm with part of cargo on beach
When the four-mast barque Hougomont stranded at Allonby on 27th February 1903 after a hurricane blew her from Maryport entrance, the cargo was strewn on the beach, to the delight of locals. Maryport lifeboat rescued the crew. Eventually refloated, towed to Maryport for repair and future voyages. . From Bill Cameron collection

Hougomont with paddle steamer preparing tow

Hougomont stranded at Allonby 1903 after storm tugs prepare tow to Maryport
The four-mast barque Hougomont on 27th February 1903 stranded at Allonby after a hurricane blew her from Maryport entrance. Masts and rigging were destroyed and cargo strewn on the beach. Maryport lifeboat rescued them. Eventually refloated, towed to Maryport and resumed sea voyages with cargos around the world. The paddle steamer tug was one of three involved in the towing. From Bill Cameron collection. . From Bill Cameron collection

Hougomont under tow to Maryport for re-masting and more voyages

Hougomont stranded at Allonby 1903 after storm under tow to Maryport for repairs
The four-mast barque Hougomont on 27th February 1903 stranded at Allonby after a hurricane blew her from Maryport entrance. Masts and rigging were destroyed and cargo strewn on the beach. Maryport lifeboat rescued them. Eventually refloated, towed to Maryport for re-fitting and subsequent years of service. . From Bill Cameron collection

Peter Iredale returns to Maryport where she was built and sideways launched

Peter Iredale returns to Maryport where she was built Sea Breezes June 1927
Peter Iredale returns to the port at which she was built and launched broadside, as was the prevailing custom. Consider the size of this ship sliding broadside into the River Ellen where the Wave centre now awaits renaming. Sea Breezes June 1927.

Peter Iredale wreck on the Oregon Coast 1906

Peter Iredale wrecked on the Oregon Coast masts sails spars and rigging ruined 1906
The Peter Iredale Wrecked on the Oregon Coast masts sails spars and rigging ruined 1906. Source Robinson p14

Wreck of the Peter Iredale

Wreck of the Peter Iredale.  Here lies the remains of the four masted British sailing vessel Peter Iredale which ran aground October 25 1906 during a heavy southwest wind.  She was enroute from Salina Cruz Mexico to the Columbia River to load wheat when the disaster occurred.  The impact of the beaching snapped the top of her masts vocering the deck with wreckage. A rescue boat from Point Adams landed all hands safely.

This photo from Mr Mrs Cullen of Portland Oregon USA sent 1983 to Maryport Maritime Museum Miss Robinson.

Peter Iredale wrecked on the Oregon coast 1906

Peter Iredale remains of the hulk on the Oregon Coast a tourist attraction for 77 years 1983
The Peter Iredale notice about remains of the hulk on the Oregon Coast a tourist attraction for 77 years 1983. Source Robinson p14

Peter Iredale wrecked 1906 on the Oregon coast in 1983

Peter Iredale hulk on the Oregon Coast for 77 years photo Cullen Portland Oregon USA 1983
The Peter Iredale hulk on the Oregon Coast a tourist attraction for 77 years photo from Mr Mrs Cullen Portland Oregon USA 1983. Source Robinson p15

Netherby built by Ritson 1886 1448 tons departed Maryport June 21st 1906 lost with all hands July 13th 1906

Netherby a Ritson iron ship 1886 tug tow from Maryport June 21 Lost with July 13 1906
The iron ship Netherby built by Ritson 1886 1448 tons departed Maryport June 21st Lost with all hands July 13th 1906. The Netherby an iron ship - sister to the "Ellenbank" and of 1448 tons she was owned by her builders and was for many years a familiar sight at Maryport which she left carrying a cargo of steel rails on June 21st 1906 for Tulchuano - Chile. She was spoken to on July 13th 1906 and that was the last ever seen of her and it was supposed she had struck an iceberg near Cape Horn, going to the bottom very quickly. Her crew consisted of many Maryport men. Three of whom were apprentices: Alwyn Skelton, Sam Dixon and , Edward Dairdan. Source Robinson p13

The Barque Midas - launched in 1896 was last heard of February 14th 1898 and lost with all hands

Midas The Barque Midas built by Ritson in 1896 and lost in 1898
The Barque Midas - launched in 1896 was last heard of February 14th 1898 and lost with all hands during a passage from Nagaski to Portland Oregon. A brass tablet in memory of the Officers and Crew hangs in the Maritime Museum - Maryport Source Robinson p12
Midas The Barque Midas built by Ritson in 1896 and lost in 1898 memorial plaque

Netherby built by Ritson 1886 1448 tons departed Maryport June 21st 1906 lost with all hands July 13th 1906

Esther and Jane Memorial to crew lost in storm in Glenluce Bay February 28th 1849
Memorial to crew of Esther and Jane lost in storm in Glenluce Bay February 28th 1849. This large, ornate Sundial in the Maryport cemetery has on one of its four panels the inscription "In memory of Richard Annesley Turney, Master Mariner of Maryport who was lost with the crew of the "Esther and Jane" in Glenluce Bay during the storm of February 28th 1849 aged 57 years" The sundial a unique part of the town's seafaring history is worthy of being preserved, the first inscription was in 1849, and the last in 1923, thus spanning a period of 136 years. The "Esther and Jane" was a Maryport built ship. Robinson p26