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The riverboat 'Christino Cruz', near Hango Hill, Isle of Man

Date(s): 1913

Scope & Content: The riverboat 'Christino Cruz', built in Preston, was being sailed to South America where she was intended to be used on some of the large rivers. She got as far as the Chicken’s rock but the wind and seas were too heavy for her and she began to drift backwards. At noon she was sighted off The Stack at Scarlett, which she narrowly missed.

The Castletown lifeboat was launched but by the time she was on the coast just beyond Hango Hill it was too shallow for the lifeboat. She ran aground and the crew were taken off by the Castletown rocket brigade. Attempts to refloat her were unsuccessful and on 21 February they used greased poles to roll her lower down the beach. She was taken into Castletown harbour for minor repairs before two tugs took her back to the UK on 22 February.

The boys of the nearby King William's College and the people of Castletown stand to look at her run aground.

Language: eng

Extent: photo format : 3.00 x 3.00

Physical description: glass

Item name: photograph

Collection: Photographic Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: PGN 01804


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