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Commemorative Stone marks Seahorse tragedy

Geddes from the UK and Maureen McNall from Connemara.


p until this year the loss of the Seahorse transport ship off the coast of Tramore which resulted

in the loss of 363 lives, was the only maritime disaster in history which was never commemorated. But earlier this year that was rectified as the 200th anniversary of the tragedy was marked by the people of Tramore. The tragedy happened on January 30th 1816 and earlier this year, 200 years to the day, a commemoration service was held in the town. Since then the Commemoration

committee have been busy making sure the lives that were lost on that day will always be remembered. Just last month a memorial Cairn was unveiled by the Waterford mayor Adam Wyse and descendants of the those who lost their lives were able to attend and pay their respects. The stone now sits on the Lower

Promenade. It’s unveiling was attended by descendants of those who were on board as well as descendants of those who attempted a rescue mission. This included Ms Lorna Cosper who had

travelled from Canada, William Mitchell from America, Robert Hartford and Angus

THE SAD STORY OF THE SEAHORSE TRANSPORT SHIP On the morning of the 30th January 1816, the transport vessel The Seahorse foundered in Tramore Bay with the loss of 363 lives. So who was on board and

where was it headed? The ship itself was built in London in

1782 and was originally a fighting vessel commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson. In the early 1800s it was bought by a transport company who used it for trading voyages to the South Seas. On her last ever journey she was part of a trio of ships that left from Ramsgate in Wexford, headed for Cork. Aboard the Seahorse were 287 soldiers and 16 officers from the 2nd Batallion of the 59th Regiment. Also on board were 16 crew, as well as 33 women and 38 children, families of the officers. On the morning of January 30th an

unexpected storm blew up and the ship was blown along the coast from Mine Head. The ship attempted to get to Waterford Harbour but due to the gale, high seas and the sails torn to ribbons it couldn’t weather Brownstown Head. It anchored beneath Brownstown attempting shelter and at 12.00pm the anchors dragged. At 12.10pm the ship struck the beach at Tramore and within an hour went to pieces due to the mountainous waves.363 perished, many of the bodies were washed out to sea and

were never recovered. Hundreds of locals watched helplessly from the shore but a rescue mission was very difficult, however some lives were saved. Many people who were involved in the rescue attempts have descendants who are still living in Tramore in 2016, 200 years after the disaster. Their surnames include Burke, Dunn, Dunphy, Kelly, Kennedy, Keoghan, Kirwan, Hunt, Lane, Morrissey, Phelan, Power, Reilly, Sinnott and Walsh. The Seahorse symbol has been adopted

by the town of Tramore as its official symbol and is used by the local golf club and schools. The Seahorse was also used as the logo for Waterford Crystal for over 50 years.


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