About twenty minutes past eight o'clock the Coastguardsmen at the Spanish Battery saw in the channel a vessel in distress, and the two guns, which is the signal used to indicate that the ship is on the north side, were fired, but no sooner had the guns been responded to by Castor than the three guns showing that the vessel was off the south shore were fired. Lifeboats from the Pilot Landing, South Shields, and the Low Lights were instantly manned, and put off to the rescue the crew of the vessel, which had struck a little to the north the south pier, but the latter succeeded in reaching the ship first, and took off the crew in safety except one man who was drowned. The vessel proved to be the Jamais, but port and destination are unknown.

Source: Shields Daily Gazette 18 December 1872