SS Newholm SS Ambassador SS
Mendi SS Skaala Privateer Dragon 1757 S.S.Percier MV Napoli
MV Lucy HMT Caroline German Submarine U-260 SS Basil Glenart
Castle SMS Margraf
The wreck of the Dryad lays close
to the northern face of Start point in South Devon.
She was a fully rigged iron barque of 1069 tons and had
been built in 1874 by T.Royden & Sons (1818 - 1893) in
Liverpool and given the number 164. This was a fairly
large ship at over 203 ft long by 35 ft wide. Her first
voyage in December 1874 was a short run from Liverpool
to Newport in order to correct any faults and from there
she went on to Talcahuano in Chile. Many voyages were
made from U.K. ports to San Francisco, Calcutta, Sydney
and New York. She was on her way to Valparaiso from the
Tyne with a cargo of coal when she encountered a
blizzard in 1891. Captain William Thomas and the other
twenty people on board were all drowned of frozen. The
lighthouse keepers at Stat Point initially saw ships
lights but when the went of to the cliffs edge at
Nestley Point they could not see anything due to the
blizzard. By morning all had perished (frozen) except
for one of the crew clinging to the rocks and he did not
survive long. A inquest was held in the "London Inn"
Hallsands but only two of the eight bodies recovered
could be identified. The captain had been warned by the
Tyne pilot, who disembarked at Beachy Head, that the
compass was not reading accurately and this may well
have contributed to the wrecking.
The body of one of the crew ,
William Irvine , who was a sailmaker was buried in Stokenham church
near the site of the wrecking. His grave is shown below. The captain's body
was never recovered and his wife is buried in her home
Parish of Llanrhian, Pembrokeshire, west Wales. The
Captain is remembered on her tombstone.
Detailed information about her life can be found
in Henry Alexander's book. Contributers to the book
include his great grandson Alun Thomas.
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