Broadside on 'the Total Destruction of the Royal Adelaide'

Description

The Royal Adelaide was a paddle-steamer owned by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, used as a ferry between London and Cork, on the southern coast of Ireland.

On 27 March 1850, the ship left Cork with around 250 passengers, and collected more at Plymouth. The ship then sunk off Margate after hitting a sandbank, with the loss of all on board. This broadside, a single-sheet newspaper, reports the last sightings of the ship, the probable location of the wreck, and the fact that the ship was sending out distress signals before hitting the sandbank. The names of the captain and two crew members are given but the broadside states that no record was kept of the names of the other crew members. The names of the passengers, many of whom would have been migrating to escape the famine in Ireland, are not given.

Full title:
Account of the Total Destruction of the Royal Adelaide Steamer with the loss of 250 lives, etc.
Published:
estimated 1850, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Format:
Broadside / Ephemera
Creator:
Unknown
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
74/1881.d.8(11)

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