A serious accident to the pinnace of the HMS TALBOT, cruiser, occurred in Portland Roads last night resulting in the drowning of a servant named Eyres. Three steamers belonging to Messrs. Cosens and Co., who serve the Fleet, left Weymouth for the ships. The leading vessel was the tug Albert Victor. The pinnace of the Talbot, with Mr. and Mrs. Yelverton on board, was proceeding to Weymouth, and it is stated that, after passing the Albert Victor, the pinnace attempted to cross the bows of the second steamer. Captain Cox, of the Premier, seeing that a collision was inevitable, stopped his engines, and did everything he could to avert an accident. The pinnace came into collision with the bows of the Premier. Captain Yelverton and the crew were thrown into the water, but Mrs Yelverton was fortunately pulled on board the steamer. The engines of the pinnance, which was seriously damaged, had not been stopped, and it forged ahead in a sinking condition in the darkness. What actually happened to the pinnace is not known, but it is believed that the boat went on to the breakwater and sank. Eyres was missing.
Times: Friday, October 4, 1907, Issue 38455 – Drowning Accident
Next day; Issue 38456 – MI. Eyres the Captain’s Steward was not found. Ship Incident
Day of Loss: 4
Month of Loss: 10
Year of Loss: 1907