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GUEST,Iains Loss of all hands in the irish sea (53* d) RE: Loss of all hands in the irish sea 14 Apr 21

On Friday 3 December 1909, Ellan Vannin left her home port of Ramsey , under the command Captain James Teare,Ellan Vannin was carrying 15 passengers and 21 crew
The weather on departure was moderate and although the barometric pressure was falling the captain did not expect a significant deterioration in the weather. The wind direction on departure was from the northwest meaning the Ellan Vannin would have a following sea during her passage something which would have caused her master no particular concern However, the weather rapidly worsened and when the ship arrived at the Mersey Bar lightship, the wind had risen to a Hurricane Force 12, and waves were reported to be exceeding 24 feet in height.It is believed she was broached by a large wave, which overwhelmed the ship. She was swept by heavy seas and filled, sinking by the stern with the loss of all passengers and crew.

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