Wreck of the “George Lord,” off the Isle of Wight

Wreck of the “George Lord,” off the Isle of Wight. 1856. Source: Illustrated London News. Click on image to enlarge it.

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We regret to announce the wreck of the George Lord schooner, which went on shore in Brook Bay, Isle of Wight, on the morning of Friday, the 18th of January. She was bound for London, and was laden with a valuable cargo of fruit from Zante. She encountered foggy weather in the Channel, and the master, being out of his reckoning, hailed a French vessel, the Captain of which informed him that he was off the Lizard Point. Altering bis course in consequence, he ran his ship directly upon a reef of rocks which juts out into Brook Bay. The coast-guard, seeing a vessel approaching through the darkness, burnt a bine light and fired pistols, but it was too late for the master to alter his course. She struck heavily, and her back was soon broken, through the heaviness of the sea. The crew were got off by the boats of the coast-guard, and a portion of the cargo was saved on Friday and Saturday. Early on Monday morning the stem was beaten in by the sea, and she immediately became a complete wreck. A good deal of the cargo was then washed ashore, but it was much injured by the salt water. This will probably be sold by auction, as well as the wreck. The Captain had commanded her for seventeen years, and had been round the world in her. Last year she was sent to the Crimea with a cargo of provisions, &c. She was insured, and the greater part of the cargo also. The accompanying Sketch was taken in the afternoon of Saturday, the 19th.

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“Wreck of the “George Lord,” off the Isle of Wight.” Illustrated London News (6 January 1856): 16-17. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 9 December 2015.

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