Paddle steamer wrecks in 1839 Hurricane.

Wooden paddle steamers sunk January 1839 in Mersey River and at Caernarfon

Duke of Bridgewater, Runcorn Steam Packet, built James & Seddon, South Shore, Liverpool, July 1824

Eclipse, built Liverpool 1821
69 tons, engines 24 hp by Fawcett & Littledale.
Runcorn Steam Packet, service started May 1823.
Refloated and repaired at Runcorn.

Admiral, Seacombe Ferry, built Mottershead & Hayes, Liverpool, 1835

All three vessels were in the Mersey when the hurricane force winds caused big waves that sank each of them. Records show that the Eclipse was refloated and eventually put back in service. The Admiral is listed as lost - and a new large wooden paddle steamer called Admiral was built in 1840 at Port Glasgow for the Glasgow - Liverpool service. The Duke of Bridgewater was raised and offered for sale at Runcorn.
  There was loss of life - a fireman from the Eclipse, 2 crew aboard the Admiral and all 7 crew of the Duke of Bridgewater [note some possible confusion between reports which describe the Bridgewater packet and the Duke of Bridgewater packet: at this date these seem to be the same vessel].
  There was also damage to the Woodside steam ferry Ribble: At Cornhill, the Woodside steamer Ribble came alongside a total wreck.
She was put back in service.

Liverpool Mercury - Friday 11 January 1839
  Admiral, Seacombe Ferry boat, and the Eclipse and Duke of Bridgewater steamers, are sunk in the river.

Morning Chronicle - Wednesday 09 January 1839
The [Duke of] Bridgewater, Runcorn steamer, a total wreck under the wall of the Brunswick Dock pier.
The Admiral, Seacombe-ferry steam boat, sunk a little further on, and only a small part of her topmast could be seen.
GEORGE'S PIER-HEAD. - The Runcorn steam-boat, Eclipse, went down. The fireman, an old and worthy servant of the company, missed his footing in attempting to get ashore, and, falling into the river, was not again seen.
From Gore's Liverpool General Advertiser - Thursday 17 January 1839
  SALE: On Monday next, the 21st instant, o'clock, at the house of Mr. Israel Irlam, Nova Scotia. The ECLIPSE. Steam-packet. With two Engines and Boilers; also two Boats, and sundry articles belonging thereto. Further particulars will be announced. Apply to ISRAEL IRLAM.

Leeds Times - Saturday 19 January 1839
The accounts report 14 wrecked by the Brighton, 14 by the Pennsylvania, about 53 by the Lockwoods, and 2 the sloop Conway, 4 in flat, 7 the crew of the Runcorn steamer [Duke of] Bridgewater, 1 in the steamer Eclipse, 3 riggers swamped in boat, 2 in the Seacombe steamer.

Liverpool Mail - Saturday 26 January 1839
RUNCORN. The Eclipse Packet. This steam-packet, which was wrecked in the late hurricane, has been got up. Her decks and cabins were completely carried away, but her engines were not found to be seriously damaged. On Monday, she was purchased by Mr. Brundrit, ship builder, Runcorn, for the sum of £310. The Bridgewater packet has not yet been got up.

Chester Courant - Tuesday 19 February 1839
  To be sold by private treaty.
THE WRECK of the DUKE OF BRIDGEWATER STEAMER as it now lies at Mr. Mason's yard, Runcorn, together with all the rigging, spars, chains etc., as well as the Engine and Boiler, which had a throrough repair in October last. As she will be permitted (if required) to continue to ply upon the station between Runcorn and Liverpool, it presents an eligible opportunity for an advantageous speculation - Further particulars apply.. Runcorn Feb 15



Wooden paddle steamer Eclipse, built Lang & Denny, Dumbarton 1826.
174grt, 98nrt, 108 x 18 x 11 ft, engines Napier 150hp
In service between North Welsh ports and Liverpool
During hurricane of 7-8 January 1839, driven ashore at Caernarfon.
Captain William Evans and all aboard saved.
Vessel repaired at Caernarfon.

Note that a Runcorn ferry, PS Eclipse, was sunk by the same storm while tied up at Liverpool - that was a different vessel.

From Lloyd's List - Friday 11 January 1839
Carnarvon, 9th Jan. The Eclipse (s) Williams, of Liverpool, broke from the Quay 7th instant, was driven on the Beach, and has received considerable damage.

From North Wales Chronicle - Tuesday 04 June 1839
  CARVARVON PATENT SLIP. At about 10 o'clock in the evening of Thursday, the Eclipse steamer was launched. This vessel, as our readers will remember, was driven ashore near Carnarvon, in the memorable and fatal gale of the 7th of January, last. She had sustained considerable damage, and has been for some times on the slip, undergoing the repairs which were necessary to render her sea-worthy. Her present appearance reflects credit upon the parties employed, she is going to Liverpool to be fitted up.