The Tayleur Emigrant Ship

The Tayleur emigrant ship left Liverpool on 19 January 1854 with mainly Irish passengers, bound for Melbourne, Australia, with 652 passengers and crew. It was later determined that her crew of 71 had only 37 trained men, and 10 didn’t speak English. Her compasses did not work properly because of the Iron Hull. The crew believed that they were sailing south, but were actually travelling west towards Ireland. Within 48 hours, Tayleur found herself in a storm, heading straight for the isle of Lambay. The rudder was undersized and rigging was also faulty; the ropes had not been properly stretched, making it nearly impossible to control the sails. Despite dropping both anchors as soon as rocks were sighted, she ran aground on the east coast of Lambay Island, 5 miles from Dublin Bay. Estimates of the lives lost are up to 380. Out of the 200 women on board, 3 survived, possibly because of the difficulty with the clothing of that era. Of the more than 50 children on board, only 2 survived. The survivors were then faced with having to get up an almost sheer 80 foot (24m) cliff to get to shelter. Tayleur and the Titanic were both RMS ships and White Star Liners and both went down on maiden voyages. http://www.jerrymulvihill.com #ireland #history

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