Two vessels anchored in Portland Roads – the ketch Phoenix, bound from Medina to Penzance with cement, and the steamer Cragside, owned by Messrs. and Co., coal exporters, Swansea – broke from their moorings during a gale on Thursday night and drifted on to the outer arm of the breakwater. The master and joint owner of the Phoenix, Charles Mitchell, was drowned. Arthur Burmen, mate, narrowly escaped a similar fate through a life-line snapping while he was climbing along it. The Cragside, (Captain Thomas Green) was wrecked broadside on within a few yards of the Phoenix, and the crew of eleven all reached the breakwater safely. The Weymouth lifeboat was unable to take off the men until early yesterday morning.

24th February 1923
Sonar image of wreck inside Portland Breakwater arm.

Steamship – (LARN) – Driven ashore near the SCANDINAVIA on Portland Breakwater and on the same night as the PHEONIX. An inquest was held at Portland police station concerning her dead captain, the ship’s register having been found in his pocket. Check Refs. Lloyd’s Register: 1921-2 No. 13179(C) & Southern Times: 24/02/1923.

Day of Loss: 22

Month of Loss: 2

Year of Loss: 1923



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