Wooden paddle steamer b 1833 Humble, Hurry & Milcrest, Liverpool,
[third St Patrick] 269 tons burthen, 149' x 29'.
Owned St George Steam Packet Co of Liverpool then Waterford Commercial S N Co.
Captain George Shute
Voyage Liverpool to Waterford
Struck Rocks near Churchtown (north of Hook Tower) on 28 November 1838
Approximate position 52° 8' N, 6° 56' W.
Wreckage reported 1989: 52° 9' N; 6° 55' W [OSI DATUM].
4 crew and 2 passengers lost; 23 saved.
LOSS OF THE ST. PATRICK STEAMER. (From the Waterford Mirror of Saturday
morning and an addendum).
We regret to have to announce the total wreck of the St. Patrick steamer, George Shute, master, and the loss of six persons - her two mates (John Tuckey and William Trail), two of her seamen (Rowley Jones and David Humphrey), and two steerage passengers, man and wife, natives of the County Tipperary, who had just landed at Liverpool after a three years' residence in America. They had fondly anticipated spending the remainder of their term of life in their native land, enjoying that competence for which they had travelled so far and toiled so hard but the hope was disappointed, under circumstances most melancholy.
The St. Patrick left Liverpool at seven on Tuesday morning, with a tolerably full cargo of merchandize, assorted in the usual variety. She experienced a dreadfully rough passage, during some part of which she was "hove to," unable to make progress against the gale, and at twenty minutes to five o'clock, on Wednesday evening, she was driven on the rocks at Churchtown, in the County of Wexford, a quarter of a mile inside Hook Tower, the entrance of the harbour, where she instantly became a total wreck - losing six persons - twenty-three persons being providentially saved. An hour before this final and melancholy catastrophe, while approaching Hook Tower, she was struck by a sea that carried away her boats and some of her bulwarks. Immediately afterwards, she was struck by another surge, which carried away her steering wheel and binnacle, and the first mate, who, with others, was steering at the time. She was then worked by tackles, the hook of one of which broke, and the second mate was carried awav. The vessel thus became unmanageable, and yielded to the irresistible force of the storm.
More details (from Waterford Mirror) of the stormy passage from Liverpool
On Tuesday, 27th Nov., at past 6 a.m., the vessel sailed from Liverpool for Waterford, wind E., blowing strong gale which came on in heavy squalls towards midnight. About half-past one p.m., when off the South Stack Light House by Holyhead, the fore-gaff was entirely carried away. At one o'clock in the morning of the 28th, the wind then blowing from S.S.W., she shipped a quantity of water fore and aft in a squall of wind and rain, with a heaving beam sea. At half-past four a.m., the Tuskar light was seen at a distance of four miles, bearing North, steering W. half N., which course was continued until eight a.m., when the Captain conceived he was abreast of the light ship. Gales with heavy rains increasing. The vessel then hauled to, under balance reefed mainsail, with her head to the Westward. At this time passed a brig in great distress, but could render her no assistance. The vessel then lay to till half-past twelve; blowing a heavy gale, and thick rainy weather. We then bore away for the harbour of Waterford, the carpenter busily engaged in battening down the crank hatches, the vessel labouring heavily, and shipping a quantity of water. At half past 2 p. m., the foresail was torn to ribbons by a heavy squall from S. S. E; no appearance of land; hauled to under balance reefed mainsail, on the starboard tack; cast the lead, and found 15 fathoms. It was now blowing a heavy gale of wind, the sea running mountains high, and no appearance of the land. At 3 o'clock, the vessel was struck a heavy sea abaft the paddle box, which carried away the starboard boat, bulwarks, stanchions, safe, and binnacle, stove in the main hatches, and disabled 5 seamen; carpenter employed securing the main hatches with tarpaulin. At 3:20, she shipped another heavy sea, taking the cook house and main winch; in fact, making a clean sweep on the main deck, the sea pouring down the main hatches, brought the vessel a deal by the stern. At 4:10, the sky opened, and we saw the Hook Light, bearing N. N. W., distant about four miles; took the mainsail in, and bore away. When the vessel got before the sea, she pooped with us, taking away the wheel, sky-lights, companion, first mate, and one seaman; the relieving tackles were instantly hooked on and steered for the harbour, the vessel answering her helm very well. At five o'clock, the hook of the larboard tackle straightened out; she then broached to on the starboard tack, her head coming up East. At 5:10, she struck inside of Hook-point, abreast of Churchtown, the sea making a breach through the main gangway, taking the larboard boat and second mate overboard. All hopes were now over, except trying to save life; the remaining crew and passengers assembled on the forecastle, where they dropped from the end of the bowsprit on the rocks, except the two mates, two seamen, and two passengers, man and wife, who met a watery grave.
Captain Shute was severely bruised and otherwise injured whilst making his escape. The gentleman (passenger) was landed safely, but on missing his wife, he re-entered the vessel save her when the stern part gave way from the paddles, and they were both drowned. With the receding of the sea, the survivors who had clung to the several parts the wreck, gained the rock on which the St. Patrick had struck, and having maintained their fooling, notwithstanding the raging elements, were providentially saved.
We have to mention the kind, hospitable treatment received from the poor inhabitants of the place, especially one of the name of Power, who gave up their beds for our use, and their scanty supply of provisions, Capt. Dickens of the Fort of Duncannon, the Rev Mr. Lowe, Chaplain of the Fort, and the Rev Charles William Doyne, of Feathard, were most attentive to the Captain and shipwrecked seamen, suppling them with money and necessaries of life, for which they desire to record their lively and grateful remembrance.
Note that a previous wooden paddle steamer of the same name,
belonging to the same company, had been wrecked
at a nearby location in 1831.
Note also that the St. Patrick (wrecked in 1838) had gone to the assistance of the PSS Leeds off Anglesey in 1834.