Galliot Driven on Shore at South Shields

This morning, a gale has been blowing from the NNW, which has caused the sea to roll in heavily on the coast, the first disastrous result of which has been the driving ashore of vessel on the beach behind the South Pier. About half-past nine the galliot Premier, Ferrier, of and from Montrose, in ballast for the Wear, was making for the Tyne, in tow of the Conquest, when the tow-line broke, the consequence being that the vessel was driven amongst the broken water, and ultimately came on shore. The three signal guns were fired at Tynemouth. The coastguard and a good muster of the South Shields Life Brigade were soon on the spot, rocket apparatus was got out without delay and the crew were brought to the shore in safety. The following are the names of those board J. Ferrier, captain; J. Smith, mate; Thos. Holland, cook; Richard Nicholson, seaman, and a boy. The vessel does not appear to be much damaged, and hopes are entertained she will got off next tide. The two South Shields lifeboats, the Providence, and the Tyne, with a full compliment of men, were in readiness for any emergency.

Source: Shields Daily Gazette 6 November 1868

November 6 1868

(Margin note) Time 9.30 a.m. wind NNW fine on land but every aspect of heavy NE gale at Sea Sea very high

The Galliott Premier Captain Ferrer from Montrose for Sunderland, in ballast, whilst entering the Hrbor came on shore to the S\w of the S Pier in consequence of her long line breaking whilst in tow of the Conquest (St) Crew saved & brought into the Brigade House where they were supplied with dry clothes & refreshment

Members present Captns Cottew, Mr Cay Sr W Wright, A Stevenson, R. Birch, Thos Houlsby, Rd Harrison, J. S. Blair, B. Birch Jno. Clark, Jacob Harrison, S. Houlsby, Hy Johnson, Wm & R.S. Mitcheson, Thos Purvis, Jno. Shotton

(Margin note) Provisions served out for all hands & shipwrecked crew

Source: South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Storm Book