Official No: 91382  Port Number and Year:   2nd in Skibbereen, 1887 (S ?)

                                                                             9th  in Milford, 1900.

Description: Wooden liner; steam screw, coal burning. Yawl rigged.

Crew:  7 men

Registered at Milford: 28 Nov 1900

Built: 1880; J. McKenzie & Co., Ltd., Leith.

Tonnage: 42 grt  36 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 55.6 / 16.4 / 7.5

Engine: C.2-cyl, 10 hp; by John Cran Co., Ltd, Leith.



8 July 1880: No Official Number, port, or name as WATERWITCH or WATER WITCH until 1887.  But see the "Glasgow Herald" item in the notes below.



5 Mar 1887:  Arthur R.C. Newburgh, Beach Cottage, Bantry, Co. Cork.


1895: William O'Regan, Schull, Co. Cork.

Managing owner.


1896: Morris O'Keefe, Schull, Co. Cork.

Managing owner.


1898: James Lyons, Bantry, Cork.

Managing owner.


28 Nov 1900: John George Cayley, Docks, Milford.


Landed at Milford:  16 Nov 1900 - 16 Sep 1901

Skippers: John George Cayley; John Child; T. Mathias


1 Sep 1884: The steam yacht "Water Witch" was at Belfast with loss of propeller.   (?) [Glasgow Herald, Tuesday, 2nd September 1884.]

21 Sep 1901: Foundered in Jack Sound (See newspaper report below).

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 3 Oct 1901

 Accidents and Incidents


Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Tuesday, December 28, 1880; Issue 312.




J. McKenzie & Co. launched the Falcone (s),70 tons and 20 H.P.N, for Mr. John C. Turner, London; and the Water Witch (s), 18 tons and 10 H.P.N.   ..........


From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 25th September 1901:

The steam liner "Waterwitch", belonging to Mr. George Cayley, of Milford Haven, sank in Jack Sound on Saturday afternoon.  It left Milford Docks on Wednesday, [but] on Thursday, owing to stress of weather, had put into the Haven near Goldtops, where it remained till Saturday.  On the afternoon of that day, while in the stretch of water known as Jack Sound, a collapse took place in the engine room, which caused the vessel to fill with water.  The crew of seven hands put off in the small boat and landed at Goldtops.  The vessel sank in twenty minutes.


From R. &. B. Larn (2000): Shipwreck Index of the British Isles - West Coast and Wales:

WATERWITCH                21/09/1901


Pembrokeshire, St. Bride's Bay, Jack Sound.    51.44.15N  05.15.30W


Stranded and lost in wind conditions SW force 5.



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