REDCAR AND SALTBURN SIX VESSELS ASHORE
COTHAM PIER CUT IN THREE
The most terrific gale experienced on this coast, broke out suddenly last night. The wind blew with terrific force from the north east, accompanied with rain and heavy showers of snow and sleet. The Coast Guardsmen and those connected with the life boat and rocket apparatus, mustered with full expectation of their services being required. We hear that the organisation for launching and manning the lifeboat is not what it ought to be. The boat was taken out but could not be launched. Fortunately, its services were not required, and although the shore is strewn with wreck, and four vessels are lying almost within sight of each other, no lives have been lost. The sea rose to a tremendous height, and all this forenoon the breakers are rushing in on the piers with tremendous force. Coatham pier is a miserable sight. The splendid promenade has been broken through in two places, each gap being from 60 to 70 yards wide. The Griffin, of Southampton, cut through the pier on the near side of the saloon, and later in the morning a similar gap was made on the north side, and about the same distance from the saloon, by the Corryumbus, so that it stands an isolated spectacle of wreck.
WRECK OF THE GRIFFIN.
The brig Griffin, of Southampton, William Mundy, master, with a crew of seven men, left Whitby on Saturday week, bound for Sunderland. She was laden with oak, and had discharged part of her cargo at various ports. She was almost becalmed about nine o’clock, and at half-past eleven the gale came on, when they shortened sail. From the violence of the wind and rain they could see no distance before them, and the ship came right on to the Coatham pier about four o’clock. The crew jumped on to the pier, and the vessel passed right through, carrying off several yards of the iron girders. The figure head, bowsprit, and bulwarks were very much damaged. After striking she must have swung round, and passed through the breach she made broadside on, as the bulwarks at the stern are broken up. She only drifted about a hundred yards inshore after getting clear of the pier when she stuck fast in the sands. When the tide receded, the boats and wreckage were secured and the vessel lightened so that she would float with the tide.
ANOTHER SHIP RUN THROUGH THE PIER.
STRANDING OF THE CORRYMBUS OF DUNDEE.
The schooner Corrymbus, of Dundee, 91 tons, Alexander Petrie, master, with a crew of five men, all belonging to Arbroath, from Boulogne to Shields, in bailast, ran into Scarborough last week for shelter. She cleared from Scarborough on Tuesday, and encountered the gale off Redcar. The master was at the wheel from the time the gale came and until she stranded, and he maintains that he saw no light on the pier, though we learn that the light was burning all night. As already stated, the Corrymbus ran through the pier about as far on the north side of the saloon as the Griffin had run through the south side. The pier carried away her bowsprit and rigging, and the bulwarks are damaged, but otherwise the hull is intact and making no water. She drifted up the estuary, and grounded immediately outside the breakwater about four o’clock. The crew waited till the tide receded, and then came ashore.
WRECK OF THE GARIBALDI.
The brig Garibaldi, about 196 tons, was driven on to the Rocks early in the morning. The captain let go both anchors, and then cut away the masts. The crew was saved by the rocket apparatus, under command of Captain Berts. The vessel then floated off the rocks and drifted close beside the Coatham pier. She now lies within a few yards of the pier and the promenade. The masts and rigging lie beside her. She is a very strong vessel, and the hull seems to have sustained no damage. She will probably lift with the rising tide this afternoon.
THE BRIGANTINE EXPRESS.
The Brigantine Express of Blyth, owned by Mi- Edward Mackenvie, came on shore on the Lye Dams, a little to the east of Redcar. She is 300 tons laden, was commanded by Captain Turnbull, and left Boulogne on Friday for Blyth. The hands got off, and the vessel is not much injured.
STRANDING OF THE GRINKLE S.S. AT SALTBURN.
The Grinkle S.S. left Jarrow on Tuesday for Rosedale, to ship iron ore. She brought up at Skinningrove, and when the gale came on, Captain Vermeil determined to run for Flamborough Head. One of the boilers burst, and a sail was then put up, but it was torn to shreds. The crew bad no power to control the vessel, and she ran ashore a short distance east from Saltburn. The National Lifeboat Institution’s lifeboat “The Appleyard,” was launched, and took off the crew. The vessel does not appear to be damaged, and is likely to float with the tide this afternoon.
THE CALEDONIA ASHORE.
The brig Caledonia of Rochester 350 tons, Captain Tindale, left Rochester a week ago for Shields. She took shelter in Burlington Bay till yesterday. Her canvass was torn to shreds and she was cast ashore about three o’clock in the morning below the old hamlet at Saltburn. She sustained little damage, and the crew of six men were taken off by the rocket apparatus.
All along the shore from Saltburn to Redcar is strewn, and westward from Redcar are the remains of the Coatham Pier — planks, cordage, &c. It was reported that the crew of one of the vessels which came ashore at Redcar, saw a vessel go down with all hands shortly before they came ashore, but we could find no reliable information as to the circumstance. During the afternoon the weather brightened up a good deal and large numbers of people paid a visit to the various vessels as they lay high and dry on the beach. Three of the shipwrecked crew were taken to the Cleveland Inn, where they cared for by Mr J. Coulson, local agent of the Shipwreck Mariners Society.
The damage done to the Coatham Pier is considerable.