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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Lady Lilford   British  Entrance to Belfast Lough  1911 

Lady Lilford : 
Owner Ashcroft and Co , Barrow 
Flag British  Builder Hugh Williamson , Whitehaven 
Port Preston  Build Date 1862 
Official No 45666  Material Wood 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 67 
Ship type Sail Vessel  Dimensions 73 | 17.3 | 7.8
Ships Role  Cargo Ship  Rigging Style Schooner  
Super Structure
Wreck Location Mew Island  Entrance to Belfast Lough 
Date Lost 26/07/1911  Captain  
Cause Collision  Crew Lost
Position 54.42 N / 05.30 W  Passengers Lost   
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Lloyd's agent telegraphing from Kilkeel yesterday stated that the schooner Lady Lilford was reported by the owner to be missing. She left Glasgow on July 24 for Port Talbot and it is supposed was run down by the steamer Antrim off Copeland on July 26.

The Antrim arrived at Heysham on July 27 and reported that on the previous night about 12 o'clock she collided off Copeland with a two masted Schooner name unknown. The Schooner sank and it is feared all bands were lost.

The Times, Wednesday, Aug 09, 1911


A Board of Trade inquiry was opened at Liverpool yesterday before Mr.Kinghorn, Deputy Stipendiary Magistrate, assisted by nautical assessors into a collision between the Midland Railway steamer Antrim running between Heysham and Belfast and a sailing vessel assumed to be the Lady Lilford of Greenock which sank with all hands on July 26 last in the Irish Channel.

Mr. Paxton, who appeared for the Board of Trade read an extract from the log of the Antrim which stated that at 11.53 on the night of July 26 whilst on a passage from Heysham to Belfast the steamer came into collision with a small unknown schooner close-hauled on the port tack and showing a dim green light. The collision occurred about a mile and a half off Mew Island at the entrance to Belfast Lough.

As soon as the schooner was sighted the engines were reversed but not in time to prevent a collision. Cries were heard, lifelines and buoys were thrown from the steamer but the schooner sank immediately and though a lifeboat was promptly launched and rowed about for three-quarters of an hour no one was seen and the Antrim resumed her voyage not having sustained any damage.

He said that it would be for the Court to consider whether the Antrim was responsible for the collision. It was believed that the schooner was the Lady Lilford 50 tons register of Greenock owned in Ireland which left Glasgow in tow for Port Talbot with a crew of four hands and 105 tons of cargo on July 24. She never reached her destination. Her boat and a dead body were washed ashore at Islay Isle of Arran and a bundle of letters addressed to one of the crew of the Lady Lilford was also picked up.

Captain Jackson of the Antrim gave evidence. He said that everything was done to save life. The second mate stated that if the master had not reversed full speed the collision would have been much more severe. The inquiry was adjourned.

The Times, Thursday, Oct 19, 1911
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