NEW SARUM of Carmarthen, Captain Hughes [6/11/1806] – Times. Bury & Norwich Post Wednesday, November 5, 1806, Issue 1141. NEW SYREN wrecked on Portland Beach – Captain Hughes from London to Liverpool, one man and a boy drowned.
The Times Issue 6885
Loss of the New Sarum of Carmarthen November 6th 1806
The high wind which blew the whole of Saturday night and Sunday, caused a tremendous sea at Portland Beach; many spectators were present, viewing the grandeur of the immense waves. About one o’clock, a vessel was seen in the offing, and, by the opinion of the Portland sailors, was expected to come on shore, the wind and tide setting her in fast towards the beach. Every exertion was used onboard for the preservation of the ship, but proved ineffectual, so that no other alternative remained but setting all sail, and driving her on shore. Fortunately, the immense sea threw her far enough on the beach for a sailor, at the return of the wave, to throw a rope onboard, by which the captain very humanely, and with the greatest presence of mind (as immense sea flying over the ship at the time) fastened a rope round every individual, and they were taken on shore singly. It is worthy of remark, that the Captain remained till the last, after being several times washed from his hold. She proved to be the New Sarum of Carmarthen, Captain Hughes, from London, bound to Liverpool, laden with porter and iron. She went to pieces two hours after she struck, and most of the cargo, except the iron, is lost. The crew were nine in number – one man and a boy are missing.
Day of Loss: 6
Month of Loss: 11
Year of Loss: 1806