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Wreck of the Thorne

The Stranding


When Taggart had gone ashore the weather was said to be modeate but at eight in the evening the wind started to freshen and to go round to the south and a heavy sea began to run into the bay. At ten o’clock, the mate not having got back aboard, the apprentice Morice who had been on the Thorne for three and a half years, was given the anchor watch together with two seamen.

At midnight Capt Glazebrook gave instructions for the port anchor, which had been recovered with such difficulty on the previous day, to be let go again and fifteen fathoms of chain was paid out. It was reported that the port anchor would not take more chain but the vessel was holding by the starboard anchor. Frederick Renvellson, the boatswain, took over the watch at one o’clock and at that time a gale was blowing from the south south west. The vessel appeared to be holding but a little later he began to suspect that she was dragging her anchors.

At a quarter past one he put the lead over the side and found that the barque was in thirteen fathoms. He called the master and all hands were summoned. Additional chain was run out to the port anchor, making about seventy-five fathoms in all. By around half past one, the Thorne was closer to Onchan Head and starting to drag more rapidly. At around two o’clock she went onto the rocks of Onchan Head. She bumped heavily three times and at half past two distress signals were shown. Shortly afterwards the crew abandoned the stranded vessel in the ship’s life boat.

As they left it was noted that there was fourteen feet of water in the Thorne. The chain to the starboard anchor hung uselessly up and down from the bows and appeared to have parted. The port anchor chain was stretched out ahead of the wreck. In The Examiner of 1st February it was stated that the Thorne had gone aground "within a short time of high water".