Schooner – (LARN) – Chesil Cove, off Wyke. Methodist Graveyard & Fortunes Hill ??? Story of Pears Missionaries. Victim of the of 1838 Gale. Ref. Dor. Mag: 1975 No. 49 p23.
Columbine – 1838
“Left Gravesend on her 16th voyage to the Gambia on Friday, November 22nd, amongst her passengers being the Reverend and Mrs Pears, for the mission station at St Mary’s, plus four other respectable passengers. The vessel went ashore on Portland Beach and all were lost. Artefacts and wreck timbers from the COLUMBINE, EARL OF ABERGAVENNY and THE ROYAL GEORGE were all offered for sale at Weymouth at the time by Messrs J. Medhurst, Chesterfield Place, The Esplanade, Weymouth.”
The vessel went ashore opposite Wyke at 7 a m., turned over and was dashed to pieces, several men were seen in the rigging before she capsized. A body taken from the wreck, was identified as Robert Fraser, going out to join the Royal African Corp. Newly wed Wesleyan missionaries, the Pears were buried together at the Methodist chapel graveyard at Fortunes Hill on the Isle of Portland.
Dorset Magazine 1975, No. 49, p23. Check ‘Peard’ or ‘Pears’
The Wesleyans of Portland
|Portland Parish Register;
1084 – 3 Dec 1838 – 13 bodies, male cast on the beach drowned names unknown supposed from the COLUMBINE; John Harington off minister.
Courtesy Portland Historical Sources.
Day of Loss: 28
Month of Loss: 11
Year of Loss: 1838