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Wrecks OF The Pentland
Part One 1830 - 1890
W. Bremner and D.G. Sinclair
5. 3.1883 The schooner "HEPHSIBAH" of Caernarvon with a crew of 5 and the smack "ANNIE" of Port Dinorwick with a crew of 3 at anchor OFF Thurso in a severe northerly gale showed distress signals, Thurso lifeboat "CHARLEY LLOYD" rescued all 8 men.
6. 3.1883 Distress signals sighted in Thurso Bay from three vessels in danger of being driven on to rocks. They were the schooners "BELLA" and "WILLIAM AND MARTHA", both of Wick and the "GOVERNOR LOCH" of Inverness. A total of 13 men were rescued from these vessels by the Thurso Lifeboat "CHARLEY LLOYD". Later that same day the lifeboat rescued the crew of 5 from the schooner "ENIGMA' of Port St. Mary, which was also in danger of being driven ashore.
1883 "CONCORD", a Norwegian schooner, foundered south of Duncansby Head with the loss of all hands. She was seen next day drifting, bottom up, westward through the Pentland Firth.
1884 "VICKSBURG" of Leith struck on Muckle Skerry. Full sail was set to keep her firmly ashore. Owing to the heavy seas 9 of the crew were swept overboard and drowned. The others scrambled ashore, helped by the Lighthouse keepers. The ship was seen pounded to pieces. 7 bodies were recovered and a stone was erected on the island to their memory.
8. 1.1886 During a fierce northerly gale the ketch "CREST" of Wick was seen to be in distress while at anchor in Scrabster Roads. Thurso lifeboat "CHARLEY LLOYD" was launched and rescued the crew of 2. Then the schooners "ALPHA" of Perth and "LIZZIE" of Wick signalled for help. The lifeboat rescued both crews, 7 men in all. Later in the day the steam trawler "TOILER" of Aberdeen flew distress" signals and the lifeboat this time rescued the crew of 7.
8.12.1886 The schooners "MARGARET GARTON" and "LYRA" both of Castletown, and the smack "HENRY FLORENCE" of Wick, anchored in a full easterly gale in Scrabster Roads were in danger of being driven ashore. Thurso lifeboat "CHARLEY LLOYD" launched and rescued the three crews, totalling 11 men.
1887 "SIR GAPORE" ran aground in fog near Castle Geo, Stroma, although she had pilots from Freswick taking her west through the Firth, The Captain, Captain Robertson, was a Stroma man. The pilots had to make a quick getaway. The mate also left the ship and lay hidden on Stroma until the ship was refloated.
1888 "COPELAND" of Leith ran ashore on Langaton Point, Stroma, homeward bound with a full cargo of Iceland ponies. Most of these were got ashore and fed. They were afterwards reshipped. The crew were all saved. The ship was hurled over the reef and sank in deep water. One of the passengers was Sir Rider Haggard, the writer, who had gone to Iceland to gather information for a book he was writing.
1888 "GEORGEINBUG", a Finnish vessel, went ashore on the Shaals of Rattar. The crew was saved by the Scarfskerry L.S.A. but the ship was a total loss.
1889 "CREMONA", loaded with sugar, struck the rocks near Quoys Ness. The cargo was salvaged and the vessel refloated by local fishermen.
1889 "COLUMBUS", a barquentine schooner, went ashore at Castle Geo, Stroma. Her cargo of wood was brought ashore and she was refloated. The cargo was later reshipped by Stroma fishermen.
26.11.1899 Thurso Lifeboat "CHARLEY LLOYD" rescued the crews, 9 men in all, of the schooners "WILLIAM JONES" of Caernarvon and "SYLPH" of Beaumaris.
1890 "NORE", a steam vessel with a cargo of wood went ashore at the North Geo, Stroma. The cargo was salvaged but the vessel became a total loss.
1890 "FLEETWING", a sailing vessel, struck the rocks at Tresgeo, Stroma. Her cargo was wood. She was refloated by Stroma fishermen without damage.
1890 "VICTORIA" went ashore, location unknown. Crew rescued by Longhope lifeboat.