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ARTICLES FROM THE TIMES RELATING TO THE COASTGUARD SERVICE 1785 - 1850
25 November 1822
Smuggling - Lymington, Nov. 22
The coast between Hurst Castle and Christchurch Head has, for some time past, been the scene of many
lawless and violent acts arising from a gang of smugglers, under the command of a man calling himself
Thomas Pearce, but as their daring conduct was the work of night, they have been enabled, to a great
extent to elude the vigilance of the officers employed on the coast-guard service. It having been 
ascertained by Lieutenant Bowyer, R.N., Inspecting Commander of the coast-guard, that Pearce's real 
name was Thomas Palke, and that he was the man who fled from Devonshitre about four years since, in 
consequence of prosecutions against him for extensive smuggling transcactions, the same was communicated 
to the Board of Customs; when a Judge's Warrant and two writs of copias for penalties exceeding 127,000
were immediately obtained for his apprehension. The execution of this service was intrusted to Lieutenant
Bowyer, and Mr. James Brown, jun, riding officer,; but as the offender resided on the border of the New
Forest, where he could easily obtain notice of the officers' approach, they detemined to effect their
purpose by strategem; and so fully did their plan succeed, that on Monday lst, under the most specious
pretences, he was conveyed to the Custom-house at Lymington, where he was immediately arrested, and
surrounded by a strong guard. Intelligence of the officers' success having been conveyed to MajorLord Geo.
Lennox, M.P., commanding the troop of the 9th Lancers stationed at Lymington, his Lordship instantly
ordered all the men to be under arms to prevent the possibility of rescue; and on the following morning
Pearce, alias Palke, alias Robinson, was conveyed to Winchester gaol, escorted by Lord George and a strong
party of dragoons. The prompt co-operation of his Lordship with the coast-guard officers calls for and
will obtain the thanks of every lover of social order; and when it is considered that Pearce had under his
control about 200 men, who were divided into companies, each having a man called a sergeant to command
them, every feeling mind will rejoice that this desperate character has been stopped in his lawless career.
It is hoped that the fate of their leader will induce the misguided men who were his companions in violence 
to return to habits of honest industry, and to a respect for the laws of their country. Hampshire Telegraph
       
4 February 1826
The French slave-vessel which was forced into St.Ives by stress of weather, was taken possession of by 
Lieutenant G.H.Rye, and his party of seamen belonging to the coadt-guard service.

17 February 1826
On the evening of the 6th instant, the Swedish brig Emelie, of Gifle, from Alicant to Belfast, 11 weeks out,
was dismasted in a tremendous gale of wind, about a mile off the land at Ballyteague bay, and soon drove on 
shore onthe Burrow. She remained beating in the surf, which every moment made a clear breach over her, and her
crew, 11 in number, appeared on deck, imploring, by signs, assistance fro on shore. Mr.Thompson of the Kilmore 
station, and Mr. Hore, of the Bar Lough station, with the men under their command, assisted by some gentlemen, 
were indefatigable in their well directed andspirited exertions to relieve the sufferers, whose lives each 
succeeding wave was expected to terminate. They eventually succeeded in saving 9 out of the number, and 
towards midnight had them safe on shore. Their efforts were above all praise.....  

11 July 1826
A vessel called the Young Ferdinand, bound from France to Brussels, was run down by a schooner off the
Lizard , on the 28th of last month. Soon after the accident the Young Ferdinand fell on her beam-ends,
when the master was unfortunately drowned. The remainder of the crew took to their boats, and shortly 
after, landed at Cadgwith. On learning of the disaster, Lieutenant Hooper, of the Coast Guard stationed
there, went off, with some bosts and took the wreck in tow. By grest exertions they succeeded in bringing
her in; and with the assistance of Captain Head, R.N., James Trevenen, Esq., collector of the customs at
Helston, etc. the whole of the cargo, consisting of 300 casks of wine, was safely landed.

3 February 1827
Shipwreck - Yarmouth, Jan. 29
On Friday night this coast was visited by a tremendous gale from E.N.E. that at once caused the most 
ferarful apprehensions for the numerous vessels at anchor in these roads. The preventive coast guard 
(who patrol the beach at night) actuated by motives of humanity, as well as peforming the orders given
to them, "to afford the most promp assistance in caes of shipwreck, and to exert themselves for the
preservation of those on board stranded vessels", did, with a zeal and alacrity that is above all praise,
immediately convey to the beach Captain Manby's life-apparatus under their charge. Scarcely had this service
been performed, when four vessels were observed to drive; shortly after to part from their anchors, and
quickly to be strasnded on the beach. The one appearing to be in the most dangerous situation, was first 
attended to; and a rope connected with a shot, immediatel thrown by a mortar over the vessel for establishing
a communication, ready to apply in whatever manner the nature of the case might require. A similar 
communication was also made with another brig for the like purpose; but the vessel driving high up, and the
tide fast falling, no further use was required for the apparatus. Captain Onslow, R.N., commanding the
Coast Guard, his lieutenant, Mr. Eyton, the Preventive men with that intrepid and highly deserving man,
Mr.Denny (commander of the life-boat) and his praiseworthy crew, were foremost in the surf, and using every 
exertion to bring the people from the stranded vessels. The utility of the Preventive Coast Guard was
pre-eminenly shown; and the great good that will unquestionably result from their exertions in similar 
cases of distress, entitle that branch of the department to the warm commendation of the country, and the
best thanks of every friend of humanity. 
   

27 February 1827
Arbroath, Feb.17 At three o'clock this afternoon the wind suddenly changed to the S.E. blowing a violent
gale, accompanied by a very thick snow. The clyde packet, bound to Aberdeen from Glasgow, was overtaken by 
the storm and driven ashore amongst the rocks a little to the westward of this town. The life-boat was
instantly manned, and attempted to reach the vessel, but was repulsed, owing to the rocks and the tremendous
violence of the breakers. Lieut. Jobson, R.N., Commander of the Coast Guard here, with laudable promptitude
brought to the spot Captain Manby's apparatus, and having with the greatest precision conveyed a line on board
of the vessel, a boat manned by some of our intrepid seamen was again launched, and by means of the line they
succeeded in reaching the smack. Two female passengers, with their two infant chidren, and two of the crew
immediately got into the boat, which was dashed from the ship's side before the rest of the crew got on board,
and at the same moment a rope having wrapped round the ankle of one of the female passengers almost severed
her foot from her leg, and the boat being filled with water, swamped and threw every person on board of her
amongst the raging breakers. In tis moment Lieut. Jobson and several other individuals rushedinto the 
devouring element at the imminent peril of their own lives, and were the happy means of preserving from a 
watery grave thewhole of the unfortunate persons, excepting one of the children. Part of the leg of her whose 
foot was so shockingly mangled has been amputated; and to add to her distress, she is the mother of the babe
who perished. Too much praise cannot be given to Lieutenant Jobson, and to the shipmasters, seamen, and
inhabitants in general, for the humane and efficient aid which they afforded on this occasion.   

15 December 1827
Aberdeen, Dec.11
Lieutenant Dundas, of the Coast Guard station at Muchals, and his crew, have saved part of the wreck, sails,
rigging etc. of a brig, but as no portionof the hull came on shore, he has not been able to ascertain her
name. The only mark to be seen is that on the sails, viz., R.Tailor, sail-maker, Sunderland. It is feared the 
crew must be drowned, from the heavy sea running. 

30 January 1828
Sheerness, Jan. 28
Mr.Jas. Wilson, surgeon (late Glocester) is appointed to the Coast Guard at Southend (the first appointed
to that service)

5 July 1828
Marriages
On the 29th ult., at Dublin, Lieutenant Hugh Brice White, R.N., Inspecting Commander of the Coast Guard,
Galway, to the amiable and accomplished Miss Sarah Isabella Westropp, daughter of the late Robert Westropp
Esq., of Fotann, in the county of Clare. 

27 December 1828
Report of a shipwreck of the Factor on the coast near Kirkcudbright. Mentions that
"among others who exerted themselves in the cause of humanity, by securing the wreck of the smack
Factor, the following deserve to be particularly destinguished:-
Messrs. Stewart, Tonderghie, Ranisley, Coast Guard; Livingston, customs, Isle of Whithorn; Kennedy, customs; 
........."

31 December 1828
Wreck of the Helen, of Newcastle
Seafield, near Miltown Malby, Dec 23
On Tuesday evening last, between four and five o'clock, the Helen, of Newcastle, 300 tons burden, Rutherford
Christie, master, struck on Seafield-rock, and was wrecked. She was laden with timber from Corgane, North 
America, consigned to Smith & Co., Liverpool; John Wright, North Shields, owner. Through the exertions of
Captain M'Namara, inspecting commander of the coast guard who went on board with Mr.Maude, chief officer, and
others of the coast guard, the crew and entire cargo, together with the brig and rigging etc. have been saved.
By the timelyarrival of Captain John Wright, chief constable of police, and a strong party of police, the mob
has effectually been kept off, and by their indefatigable exertions, the entire property is, and will, no doubt
be preserved. Too much praise cannot be bestowed on Captain Wright, for his prompt assistance on this occasion,
as well as at the wreck of the Venerable, of Doolin, in February last. - Dublin Evening Packet 

10 January 1829
About the hour of nine o'clock on the morning of Sunday, the 21st ult., the look-out man belonging to the 
preventive coast guard, on duty near Roundstone, Connemara, having seen a large ship in distress in the
offing, reported the circumstances to Mr. Edington, the active and zealous chief officer of that district,who
immediately ordered his galley to be launched and manned, which together with the Mason Island galley, immediately
proceeded in the direction where the derelict vessel lay. The consequence was, that the cargo, with a very slight
loss, was saved, through the exertions of Mr.Edington, etc. The veesel's name is the Samuel Whitbread, of London.
Too much credit cannot be given to Edington and his party for his exertions on this occasion. - Connaught Journal

28 February 1829
A case at the Court of King's Bench, Guildhall, on Feb. 27
Russell and others v Avery
The case was brought by Thomas, George and James Russell, hop and seed merchants of Southwark, on the basis that
a large quantity of their hops had found their way into the hands of Avery, who lived at Boscastle, in Cornwall.
Avey had been the Lloyd's agent at Boscastle, but had been dismissed and replaced by Messrs. Thomas Pope Rosevear
and William Sloggatt. The plaintiffs had sold a large quantity of hops to customers in Drogheda, and had shipped 
them by the Aera, Philip Atkins Williams, master and part owner. On the voyage, for some reason, the master had 
left the other ships which were also travelling to Drogheda, and kept near the coast of Cornwall, eventually 
becoming a total wreck on rocks near Bude, the master and crew being all saved. On the beach concerned was 
Lieutenant Keys, commander of the coast guard, who also held a deputation with the customs. He discussed the 
position with the master, who asked him to do what he could to save the cargo and place it in the hands of the 
Lloyd's agent. In the meantime a large number of people had gathered, before the coast guards could get to the 
wreck, and Lieut. Keys told his chief boatman to be sure to get out to the vessel before the mob. When the tide 
ebbed there was a rush for the wreck. The coast Guard however, secured the cargo, but Avery then arrived with a 
signed authority from the master of the ship to take the cargo. However, Lieut. Keys would not give it up as he 
intended to carry out the agreement he had to deliver the cargo to the Lloyd's agents. Keys, Rosevear & Sloggatt, 
then placed the cargo in a dry place, harried by Avery and his mob. Then Avery attacked the Preventive men, who 
defended themselves with their swords. Eventually they secured the cargo and guarded it all night, then loaded 
it on a cart and escorted it to Bude. Subsequently, by force, Avery and his party, with help from Captain Williams 
took the whole of the cargo. The Lloyd's agents then contacted the owners of the cargo and obtained their orders 
to get it back from Avery. Rosevear and Sloggatt tried to do so by offering to pay some compensation to Avery but 
the latter told them it was not their business, so in the end the owners took this case against Avery.
Jury found forthe plaintiffs.

2 October 1829
Yesterday about half-past three o'clock pm. a small schooner, apparantly bound for Dublin, and about 2 miles off
Howth, making the point of the "Bally", was overtaken by a sudden squall, and almost instantly capsized, and all
hands perished. Mr.George O'Neill, chief boat-master in charge of the coast guard, whose exertions merit the 
greatest praise, happened to be at the old light-house, and seeing the vessel struck by the squall, he borrowed a
horse from a gentleman, one of a party who dined there, and in an incredibly short time was round from Howth with 
the life-boat. The poor fishermen at the latter place, with praiseworthy alacrity, rendered all the assistance in
their power, literally carrying the boat, it being then low water, to launch her, we regret to add, without being 
able to reach the fatal spot in time to afford the least assistance; the vessel and all on board having previously
disappeared. - Dublin Morning Post  


5 November 1829
Wreck of the sloop George, of Hull, on the Norfolk coast, in the vicinity of Cromer, on the 14th October. Principally
through the exertions of an individual, Mr.Grubb, the chief officer of the Coast Guard in the neighbourhood, of
whose spirited and humane conduct on this occasion too much cannot besaid in praise, the lives of all hands were
saved.

24 November 1829
Court of King's Bench, Westminster, Nov.23
A case against William Augustus Robecker. The latter charged with receiving from one Hungerford Lutteral, 300 
to obtain a post for him in an office under the control of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. Lutteral 
obtained a post in the chief office of the Coast Guard sevice, but wa dismissed from the situation on the 
grounds of being above age at the time of his appointment.

11 December 1829
The wreck of the Sir James Kempf, Lundy, master, bound for Liverpool with a cargo of timber from New Brunswick.;
She struck on the sands between Newcastle and Tyrella in the Bay of Dundrum. the coast Guard from Tyrella and
Newcastle, under Captain Morris, R.N., and Lieutenant Harding, R.N., were instrumental in saving the crew. also 
mentioned were, Phillips, chief boatman, and Casey, of the Tyrella Coast Guard.

22 January 1830
Wreck of the Vine, of Perth, bound to London, on the Woolpack sands, off Norfolk. The chief officer of the 
Hunstanton Coast Guard, Mr. Aldrick, and his crew, were responsible for saving the crew of four.
 	
14 December 1830
Cornwall
the crew of the Bon Pere, were saved by the great extertions. Richard Johns, Esq., Trewinoe, Lieutenant 
William James, R.N., and several other respectable individuals hatened to the spot, on being apprised 
that the vessel was on shore. Lieut. James , without hesitation, took off his coat and boots, plunged into
the breakers, and swam to the vessel, whence he succeeded in bringing a line to the shore, by which the 
crew were happily saved. Also the crew of the schooner Brothers were saved by the extraordinary exertions
of Lieut. Alexander of the Coast Guard.
From the West Briton

29 July 1831
Marriages
On the 27th inst., at St.James', Westminster, Lieutenant Thomas H.Stone, R.N., of the Coast Guard
service station, to Miss Kent, of Deptford Dock-yard.

6 February 1832
Hythe, Kent, Feb.3
On Sunday morning last, about 3 o'clock, a large party of smugglers succeeded in landing a portion of a cargo
of cotraband goods, near this town. On the alarm being given, they were pursued by Lieutenant Rose,R.N.
accompanied by one of the coast-guard men under his orders. About 20 of the smugglers were armed with long
heavy clubs, besides fire-arms; notwithstanding, Lieutenant Ross attempted to apprehend some of them, when 
a desperate conflict ensued, in which two of the smugglers were severely wounded; one of them is said since to 
have died. Finally Lieutenant Ross was struck down and most dreaully beaten, two deep cuts being inflicted on
his head, besides many severe wounds and contusions on the body. Having recovered from the stunning effects of
the blows, he collected a few of his men, recommenced a pursuit and soon succeeded in ovetaking the party, 
when they faced about, and fired on the coast-guard, which being quickly returned, the smugglers availed 
themselves of the darkness of night, and the ruggedness of this part of the country, and escaped. This is 
the second time within 12 months that this officer has personally suffered severely in the execution of his
troublesome and most unpleasant duties. It is reported that his gallantry in rushing in amongst such a mass
of desperate ruffians amounted almost to foolhardiness; had the same dashing courage been exerted at sea against
an enemy's ship or pirate, his promotion would have followed as a matter of course. Surely a liberal Government
will not pass instances of such devoted zeal unnoticed or unrewarded. A stimulus of this kind is necessary, as
an encouragement to others to discharge their difficult and dangerous duties with ardour and fidelty. (from a
correspondent)

9 February 1832
A company of smugglers attempted to run a cargo of goods at Goring-lane, near Littlehampton, about a 
quarter before 12 o'clock on Friday night. They proceeded to the beach, seized oneof the coast-guard and
the chief boatman, William King, whom they dreadfully beat with bludgeons, so much so, that he was obliged to
return to the watch-house to get the wounds in his head dressed; after which he returned to his station, and
assisted in the capture of 130 tubs of spirits and a five-oared boat, effected by Lieutenant Wolven and the
assistant officer of the coast-guard on the Kingston station. The smugglers, it is supposed, amounted to 
between 200 and 300. The seizure has since been deposited in the Arundel Custon-house. - Brighton Guardian

27 February 1832
About half-past 3 o'clock on Wednesday morning, a terrible and fatal affray took place at Worthing, between
a part of the coast-guard, situated there, and a large party of smugglers and batsmen. The attention of two
of the guards, Carter and Richards, was attracted by a boat making rapidly for the beach, immediately upon
perceiving which, they fired their pistols. The report of the pistols was immediately followed by a 
simultaneous rush of between 200 and 300 men to the beach, the boat at the same moment coming to land. After
having fired repeated signals, they were joined by two or three more of the guard; and instantly commenced
a pursuit down the High-street, whither the smugglers were in full retreat. They were, however, flanked by
a desperate and determined body of batsmen, who repeatedly attacked the officers with stones and staves,
alternately attacking and retreating, and keeping their opponents at bay till they arrived at the termination
of High-street, and the entrance to the fields and pathway leading to Broadwater. Here the officers were
joined by Lieutenant Hendeson, the commanding-officer of the station, and a most desperate affair began.
Lieutenant Henderson, the moment they rushed upon him, ordered his men to fire, which they scarcely had time
to obey, when they were closed upon, and knocked down by the bats of 20 or 30 men, who continued to lay on
most unmercifully, till they had completely incapacitated them from molesting them further. Of the smugglers,
William Cowardson was found dead in the field; one man was shot through the thigh; another in the foot; while
a fourth has had his shoulder laid open by a sabre wound. Several men were carried off in a disabled state, 
by different individuals who were awakened by the conflict; but as yet no one has been apprehended. On the
part of the coast-guard, the following wounds were received:- Lieutenant Henderson had his left arm broken
in two places, his ear cut open, and his head and body much bruised, Parrot, one of the men, has a rib broken;
Clarke, his breast-bone fractured by a stone which struck him as he was getting over the wall. The other men
were all maimed in some way or other. An Inquest was held at the Anchor Inn, on Thursday evening, J.L.Ellis,
Esq., coroner, upon the body of William Cowardson, and, after an examination of different witnesses, the jury
found a verdict of "Justifiable homicide" and expressed themselves completely satisfied that the conduct of
the officers was perfectly authorised, and in a high degree honourable to them, on account of their intrepidity.
Brighton Herald

6 March 1832
Report of the death of Lieutenant Hambly, of the Coast Guard station at Mousehole. His body was found in a creek
about 2 miles east of Portreath, by a boy named Woolcock, who was gathering limpets. It was wedged in a crevice.
There was nothing to suggest who it was except the letters R.H. on the clothes, until the Mousehole station was 
reported missing by his family and in an alarming state of mind. He was then identified by some of the station
boatmen who had been searching for him. He had been injured in the head some years before in the West Indies and
had never fully recovered. He had only 8 weeks before returned from an asylum. 
 
27 March 1832
The Police Gazette of Saturday contains the offer of a pardon to any of those concerned in the late outrageous
attacks on the Coast Guard in Kent and Sussex (except those who actually committed violence upon the said
officers and men) who shall discover his accomplices, so that they may be brought to justice.

14 April 1832
At Bow-street yesterday, seven men, named Spencer Gutsell, Robert Gutsell (brothers), Thomas Cloke, Thomas
Nokes, James Christiam, George Pilcher, and Joseph Bashford, were placed at the bar before Mr.Halls, charged
with having run goods on the coasts of Kent and Sussex, and also with having there assembled in arms and
attacked the coast guard, whereby several of that body were severely wounded, and the lives of some endangered.
It will be recollected that several desperate affrays have lately taken place on the coasts of Sussex and Kent
between smugglers and the blockade-guard, commanded by Lieutenant Ross, R.N. The prisoners are charged with being
the men concerned in those outrages. They were apprehended by some of the Bow-street officers, assisted by the
coast-blockade. No evidence, however, was offered yesterday against them, and they were remanded for a fortnight
when the depositions of various witnesses, by whom they have been identified as taking part in the affrays with
the coast guard will be ready to be brought forward.

28 April 1832

The report of the trials of the Kent and Sussex smugglers.(too long to transcribe but the following is a list
of the witnesses etc)
William Noakes - prisoner
Joseph Coleman - prisoner
Henry Best, coast guard man at Camber - witness
Edmund White, coast guard man at Camber - witness
Charles Poulton - coast guard man at Camber mentioned by Best as wounded in the affray at Camber
Howard Lewis Parry - coast guard man at Camber mentioned by Best as wounded inthe affray at Camber
James Christian Piles, labourer - smuggler but witness for the prosecution
James Standing, smuggler mentioned in Piles' evidence
Mr.Morris of Thorndale - mentioned in passing by Piles (not involved)
Charles Reynolds - mentioned by Piles as having paid him for smuggling
Thomas Bashford, labourer of Brookland, Kent - smuggler but witness for the prosecution
Thomas Highland - mentoned by Bashford as the person who paid him to join the smugglers
William Baker - prisoner
Charles Adams - prisoner
Thomas Cloake - prisoner
Benjamin Stritton - prisoner
Thomas Strong, employed as an extra-man inthe coast guard at Hythe - witness
Dawes, coast guard chief boatman at Hythe - mentioned in Strong's evidence
Jeremiah O'Bryan, coast guard at Hythe - witness
Lieutenant Thomas Ross, R.N., - witness
George Pilcher of Hythe - smuggler, supposed to be a prosecution witness but admitted to lying
Prisoners were remanded for trial to give the prosecution time to prepare a new case, Pilcher
having lied to them.
Spencer Gutsall - prisoner
Robert Gutsall - prisoner
Lieutenant George Palmer, R.N., of the Coast Guard service, Priory station, St.Leonard's, Sussex - witness
Malins, private in the 2nd Bn, Rifle Brigade, stationed at Dover - witness
The two Gutsall brothers were freed for lack of evidence against them
(Full copy of the report available from me)

13 July 1832
An inquest was held on Monday last, as stated in our last paper, before Matthew Kennett Esq., on the 
body of Daniel Churchman, who, it was supposed, was wilfully murdered by Samuel Griggs, of the Coast
Guard service, whilst running a quantity of contraband goods. A verdict of wilfull murder was returned
against Griggs - Kentish Chronicle

30 July 1832
Summer Assizes, Western Circuit, Dorchester, Saturday, July 28
James Davis and Charles Bascombe were indicted for having, on the 28th June last, at West Lulworth,
feloniously assembled, with other persons unknown, armed with fire-arms and other offensive weapons,
in order to aid and assist in the running and carrying away of certain prohibited goods - namely,
88 gallons of brandy, which are liable to pay cerain dues to the customs.
This case excited very great interest here, as the prisoners were supposed to have been in company
with, and forming part of the gang of smugglers who attacked Lieutenant Knight and his party, when 
the former was thrown over a terrific cliff by the smugglers and killed.
List of witnesses etc
Thomas Barrett Brewer, a commissioned boatman in the West Lulworth Coast Guard - witness
James Lifton - Coast Guard chief boatman at West Lulworth - witness
William Ralph - Coast Guard boatman at West Lulworth - witness
Thomas Teed - Coast Guard boatman at West Lulworth - mentioned by Brewer as being present
Lieutenant Stocker, Chief Officer of the Coast Guard at Osmington-mill station - witness 
William Jolliffe, warehouse-keeper at the Custom-house at Weymouth - witness
John Duke, commissioned boatman in the Coast Guard at West Lulworth - witness
Mr. Adamson, Inspector of Police, London - investigating officer - witness
Colonel Rowan - mentioned in evidence
James Carter, coach-guard - witness
The Jury found "Not Guilty"
(Full copy ofthe report available from me)

4 October 1832
On Wednesday night, the 26thult., Lieutenant Nichols, R.N., commanding the Coast Guard at Yantlet
Creek, seized a tub boat, and sixty kegs of contraband spirits; the crew escaped in a fast-rowing
galley, although every exertion was made to overtake them - Kentish Gazette.

20 November 1832
the four-oared galley belonging to the coast-guard station at Dungeness, having been sent off to 
board a Dutch vessel off the Ness, was returning, when one of the oars slipping overboard, two or
three of the men, anxious to save it, leaned on one side, when she instantly tilted and capsized,
in consequence of which one of the boatmen and two of the crew met with a watery grave; the other
two, with great difficulty, reached the shore, almost insensible, but have since recovered. The
bodies of the unfortunate men who were drowned have been picked up, and were, on Monday, interred
at Lydd. - Portsmouth Herald

12 December 1832
The coast-guard force on the coasts of Kent and Sussex has been augmented for the winter months by
draughting men from Ireland and the northern part of the kingdom; and we are happy in being able
to observe that fewer attempts at smuggling have been made during the past autumn than was ever
known on this part of the coast - Brighton Herald  

20 December 1832
Winter Home Circuit, 
Lewes, Wednesday, Dec. 19
Timothy Harrington was indicted for the wilful murder of James Rogers, at Ninfield, onthe 22nd
October last
James Willoughby - I am a seaman in the Coast Guard Service. The commander is Lieutenant Ashby,
and in the month of October last we were stationed at Bexhill. I was chief boatman. The deceased
(Rogers) and the prisoner were bth seamen under my command. On the 22nd October, in the forenoon,
we all three went to Eastbourne; I directed the prisoner to go to Hooe with a message to Lieutenant
Ashby; he refused to go, and I then ordered Rogers to go; he came out of the beer-shop where he was
for the purpose of going, when some conversation, but I don't know what, passed between the prisoner
and the deceased. I heard the prisoner say to Rogers that he would shoot him. He immediately pulled
out his pistol and fired. The ball struck Rogers on the left breast, and he reeled and fell into 
the hedge. at the time of firing they were not above two yards from each other. At the time of the
threat the prisoner had nothing in his hand. I said to the prisoner "You villain, you have murdeed
the man". The prisoner said "How could I help  it ? It was an accident" He then said, I will shoot
you, meaning me. He then drew out a cartridge, and began to reload his pistol. I rushed upon him,
wrenched the pistol out of his hand, and gave him into custody. I did not perceive that he was in
liquor. I know of no quarrel or difference between the prisoner and the deceased. The decease was
taken to a public-house, and died almost immediately.
Other witnesses were called, who confirmed this statement, and one of them said that the prisoner
appeared to be in a state of intoxication at the time of shooting the deceased.
The Jury found the prisoner Guilty, but recommended him to mercy on the ground of his having been
intoxicated at the time of committing the offence.
Mr Baron Gurney informed them that he would state their recommendation in a higher quarter, but that
very little hope ought to be entertained on the part of the prisoner.
His Lordship then proceeded to pass the sentence of the law on the prisoner, and directed his body 
to be buried within the precincts of the prison inwhich he had been confined, according to the
provisions of the 16th section of the new anatomy bill.

3 January 1833
Royal Humane Society
The Society's silver medal was awarded to the following persons:-
To Francis Higginson, chief-mate of the Lion revenue cutter, who saved the life of William Thorning,
a boy, in Salcomb harbour, on the evening of 20th December last.
To Lieutenant Davis of the Coast Guard Station, near Rye, who saved one of the crew of the sloop
Dartmouth, which was wrecked on that coast onthe 10th November last.

12 February 1833
Lieutenant Rendal of the coast-guard and his crew rescued the crew of the schooner Wanderer, of 
Stornaway on its voyage from Bordeaux to Leith, with wines and spirits, near Leith - Fife Herald

16 February 1833
Thomas Griffin, an extra-man of the Coast Guard, and a native of Tralee Spa, saved the life of 
a man of the name of Smith who was washed overboard from the Ann of Whitehaven, near Ballyheigh
Bay - Tralee Mercury

23 March 1833
Letter from Captain J. Wildgooss, of the Isabella from Gravesend, giving an account of her loss,
off Beachy Head, includes an expression of thanks to Captain Willis, of the Coast Guard, andhis officers 
and men, in particular Lieutenants Hewett and Jackson.

17 April 1833
The Nairn packet, wrecked in the Bay of Cromarty. Lieutenant Thompson of the Coast Guard, his crew
and some fishermen saved all but one of the crew and passengers - Inverness Courier

28 June 1833
Crew of one of the boats of the Crosshaven Coast Guard lost with all hands in a storm. Chief-officer
at Crosshaven was Lieutenant Elliott.

3 April 1834
Western Circuit, Launceston, Monday, March 31
Malicious Shooting by a Revenue Officer
Jeremiah Murphy indicted for shooting James Rodd at St.German's, (Cornwall)
Murphy was commanding boatman in the Coast Guard service 
Lieutenant Thomas Pennington, Chief officer of the Coast Guard at Portwrinkle
John Cassidy, Coast Guard
Captain Haswell, Inspecting-Commander of the Coat Guard at Devonport
This case revolved around the fact that Murphy had been told by Cassidy, relaying a message from 
Lieutenant Haswell, to be on the look out for a smuggler that night. Murphy saw a boat and thought
it might be the smuggler, and challenged it. according to him his gun went off accidentally. He then
agreed to pay Rodd 10 in compensation, Rodd having apparently been injured only mildly, which Rodd
accepted, but Murphy could not find the money to pay, so Rodd took him to Court. Murphy was defended
by the Custom-house lawyers, and they were, apparently, given advance access to the depositions of 
the prosecution witnesses, which was the cause for some complaint by the Times, as unfair.
Nevertheless, Murphy was found Guilty, but no sentence was passed on him.

26 May 1834
Portsmouth, 
Lieutenant James Campbell appointed to the Coast Guard  

2 July 1834
The Lords of the Admiralty have directed that lieutenants of the navy shall be eligible for the coast-guard
service if at the time of their appointment they are under the age of 45, instead of 40 as heretofore.

8 August 1834
On the 31st ult., Lieutenant Bate, R.N., of the Beer Coast Guard Station, brought into Lyme, Dorset, the
Britannia, with four men and 70 half-ankers of foreign spirits, which he had taken that morning at sea,
off Otterton Head.

18 September 1834

Captain Bowles, R.N., Controller-General of the Coast Guard has been inspecting the several stations
on the Isle of Wight. The Coast Guard officers take possession of the old Custom-house at Cowes next
week for their residence

24 September 1834
The Affray near Romney Waren - The persons apprehended by Captain Sherer's party of the mounted Coast
Guard, on Monday night, were yesterday eaxmined before the justices for the liberty of Romney Marsh, 
when James Welstead, Robert Welstead, James Hayward, William Wraight, Edward Baker, and James Smith,
all of Brookland, or its neighbourhood, were committed to Maidstone gaol, under a charge of felony, for
having assembled on the coast near Dymchurch, on the night of the 5th inst., with others, armed with 
offensive weapons, and assisted in landing contraband spirits. Thomas Morris of Brookland was also
committed to Dymchurch gaol for 6 months, with hard labour, for having hired a person to assist in
landing a cargo of contraband goods. William Catt, of Westfield, near Hastings, who was wounded, and 
has since suffered amputation of the limb, remains confined at the martello tower 27 - Dover Telegraph 

23 February 1835
Portsmouth
Promotions and Appointments
Lieutenant Felix Edwin of the Coast Guard service to be Commander
Lieutenants H.L.Williams and H.A.S.Symes to the Coast Guard Service

25 February 1835
Letter addressed to Captain White, inspecting commander of the coast guard 

13 April 1835
Portsmouth
Promotions and Appointments
Lieutenants H.F.Sewell and A.Shillingford, to the Coast Guard

28 September 1835
Visit of the Duchess of Kent and Princess Victoria to Holkham
The Coast Guard, under the orders of Captain Currie, were drawn up in front of the house......

16 October 1835
A Smuggler Captured - Through the vigilance of the Coast Guard in the Kinsale district, a fine
cutter of 50 tons, the Princess Royal, of Rochester, with a valuable cargo, and a crew of 8 men,
was captured off the Old Head on the night of the 5th inst., by Mr.B.E.Quadling, commander.

10 November 1835
TheLate Steam-ship Collision 
Captain William Allan, master of the Royal Adelaide, Scotch steam-ship, and Richard Clarke, the
pilot of the vessel, were brought before Mr.Combe at the Thames Police-office for final examination
on a charge of running down the Fawn, an oyster smack, off Woolwich, and killing Richard Baker, the
master and owner of the vessel, and a man, a passenger on board, whose name is unknown.
Mr.Straight, the deputy clerk of arraigns, appeared on behalf of the Waterman's Company (who have 
taken up the prosecution on public grounds), to proseute, and Mr.Bodkin, the barrister, and Mr.Glynes
the attorney for the Edinburgh and London Steam-shipping Company, attended on behalf of the prisoner.
Witnesses included
Henry Baker, aged 15, son of Richard Baker, the master of the Fawn
George Hoult, aged 16, 
John Richard Jones, Greenwich waterman
James Tilroy, Greenwich waterman
Richard Hopkins, boatman on the Coast Guard watch-vessel at Woolwich
James Evans, principal surveyor of the Thames police
Edward Plummer, Greenwich waterman
Edward Miney,fisherman of Lambeth
Prisoners were committed to Newgate for trial

11 December 1835
Serious Affray with Smugglers at Budleighsalterton
At 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning last, Lieutenant Clay, R.N., of the Coast Guard Station, obsrved
a boat unloading near the beach, at the back of the village. He fired a pistol, which brought the 
chief boatswain, John Bachelor, to his assistance, and they then attempted to prevent the smugglers
from landing their cargo; onwhich they were attacked by a pary armed with long bludgeons and fire-
arms. A desperate struggle ensued; Lieutenant Clay being bound by tem hand and foot, was finally
overpowered, and beaten till insensible. The chief boatswain seeing this and having received a blow
which rendered his left arm useless escaped to a little distance, and ignited a blue light to alarm
the coast; upon which the smugglers retreated, leaving their boat and 52 tubs on the beach. Both
Lieutenant Clay and the chief boatswain were much hurt - Western Luminary
   
19 January 1836
Royal Humane Society
Lieutenant J.Somerville (of the Coast Guard) received an award.

26 January 1836
Promotions and Appointments
Commander James Morgan, from the Coast Guard service at Newhaven 
Lieutenant Bates, of the Coast Guard service, promoted to the rank of Commander

1 February 1836
The celebrated Mrs. Fry, who has so laudably exterted herself to improve the morals of out sailors,
has extendedher philanthropy to the men employed in the coast guard. Each stationinthe three 
Kingdoms has been furnished, at her own expense, with a library for the use of the crew of the
station, consisting of from 50 to 60 volumes of cheap works, mostly of a moral and religious 
tendency, but likewise including some well condensed accounts of foreign countries, voyages, travels etc
(On 3 February Elizabeth Fry wrote to the Times to point out that the libraries were not provided
at her expense, but by the Government, her friends and the public)

3 February 1836
Stranraer, Jan 28
Report of the wreck of the William Allen, for Jamaica, near Port Patrick in the gale of 23rd. The cargo
was saved and commenced unlaoading the next day, but the master and a few men assisting him, were over-
powered by a mob, and property to the value of 1000 in linen, silks, etc. Captain Christie,R.N., 
inspecting-commander of the Coast Guard had ordered the the Coast Guard from Port Logan under Lieutenant
Thompson R.N. to the area but by the time they had marched the 20 miles, a lot more goods had disappeared,
however once they arrived they managed to stop the pilaging.
   
22 March 1836
Yarmouth, March 12 (Isle of Wight)
Lieutenant Dornford of the Coast Guard, and his boatmen at Freshwater-gate Station, were investigated on
charges of bribery and collusion with smugglers. Inspecting-commander of the station was Captain Deare, 
who had been informed that a boatman named Thomas had asccepted a bribe. William George Sullivan was the
only boatman at Freshwater-gate not accused. He was the informant. Another witness against the accused was
Mr.Harland, supervisor of excise. Lieutenant Johnston of Bembridge station, and Lieutenant Vicary of 
St.Lawrence station also gave evidence for the prosecution. Lieutenant Jenkin, chief officer at the Sconce
station was another prosecution witness. All these, however, praised Lieutenant Dornford, and aimed their
charges at his boatmen. Isaac Young and John Rochford were ex-boatmen at Freshwater who testified against
Dornford and his men, but both were shown to have been in trouble with the authorities themselves and to 
have been dismissed the service.

11 August 1836
The officer in command of the Coast Guard station at Shoreham having been ordered to remove to the station 
at Kingston, in the port of Arundel, was proceeding thither on Monday, in a galley, containing his trunks
and luggage, taking with him three of the men belonging to the station, named Boydon, Barrett, and Tyrrell.
When off Goring a squall suddenly came on and capsized the boat, and, melancholy to relate, the three men
above named all perished. he officer escaped by clinging to the galley, whence he was taken in a state of
great exhaustion by a pilot-boat. The unfortunate men have each left a wife and family. Tyrrell had six
children, Barrett three, and Boyden one. 

30 January 1837
Portsmouth. Jan.2
Arrived, the smack Ferronia, of and from Torquay for London; got on the reef of rocks off Atherfield, in the
Isle of Wight, lost her rudder, carried away the fore foot and part of the keel; was got off by the Coast Guard 
boat, under Lieutenant Bulley, and a fisjing boat's crew. She makes no water; cargo not damaged.

6 February 1837
Fatal Accident
On Monday last the son of Mr.Bolt, the chief officer of the coast guard at Gorham Haven, who was on board the
revenue cutter Fox, having been attacked by the influenza, requested Lieytenant Best, the commander, to grant
him permission to go home. The Lieutenant ordered four men to take Bolt on shore; they consequently manned the
gig, and rowed off from the vessel. The weather at the time was quite calm, but owing to the ground swell they
were upset on going into the haven, when Mr.Bolt and two seamen, named Key and Fuller, were drowned. A young
man of the name of Bradley, who was standing on the pier at the time, regardless of the danger he incurred,
jumped into the sea, and succeeded in rescuing two of the crew from a watery garve. - West Briton


11 November 1837
Admiralty Court, Friday, Nov.10
The Helene - Derelict
The vessel, of 85 tons , bound from Bordeaux to Hull, was observed to be derelict, near the Ower's-light,
in the British Channel, on the 11th of June. The Philippa, a smack of 75 tons, the Susannah and the Kitty,
fishing smacks, of 18 tons each, with the assistance of Lieutenant Roberts of the Coast Guard, conveyed
the vessel to Littlehampton, Sussex. The value of ship and cargo was 1,644. The Court directed that all
the costs and expenses should be paid out of the property and that the remainder should be apportioned
in sixteenths, eighths (being a moiety) to the owners, four to the Philippa, the primary salvors, two to 
the two luggers, equally, and two to the Coast Guard, of which one to Lieutenant Roberts and one of his 
crew.

14 December 1837
Lloyd's - A medal to Lieutenant S.T.Carter, R.N., for saving the crew and passengers of the Bywell.
Medals to Mr. John Strain, and Mr.J.Adam, officers of the Coast Guard at Newcastle and St.John's Point, 
Mr.Hogg, of Rathmullen, and Mr. W.Adair, of Killough, who took command of the boats on that occasion.

1 February 1838
Wreck of the Killarney Steamer with the loss of 24 lives near Curhine.
Several long reports. Mentionsthat among those who destinguished themselves were Lieutenant Irwin, R.N., 
Inspecting Commander of the Coast Guard at Kinsale, and Lieutenant Charlesson, chief officer of Oyster
Haven.

7 February 1838
The coast in the neighbourhood of Goran Haven, Cornwall, has been visited by heavy gales of wind from the
S.E., which have continued for several days. We regret to state that before daylight on Thursday morning,
the 25th ult., a vessel was discovered on shore by Lieutenant Kiddle, R.N., chief offocer, and a party of
the Coast Guard at Mevagissey, under the Chapel Point, between Goran Haven and Mevagissey. The sea at the
time was breaking over her, when, with great difficulty, and at much personal risk, one of the Coast Guard
men named Patten, succeeded in getting on board, and remained there an hour and a half, and he, with the
assistance of Lieutenant Kiddle, had the happiness to get the whole of the half-perished crew, 16 in number,
on shore. She proves to be a French vessel named L'Endurance, of Havre, from St.Domingo to Havre laden with 
mahogany, rosewood etc.

27 February 1838
Wreck of the Thetis of Liverpool, and Miraculous Preservation of the Crew
During the tremendous gale on Wednesday the 14th inst., the brig Thetis, of Liverpool, struck on the eastern
end of the Breakwater at 6pm. Lieutenant Holman, in command of the Bovisand coast-guard station, immediately
put off in his six-oared boat, in the hope of saving the lives of the crew, but the sea running so tremendous
high, and blowing a heavy gale from the east, with a flood tide, he found, after theutmost exertion his men 
were capable of, that it would be impossible to reach her until the turn of the tide, their boat having 
several times nearly swamped. He was, however, enabled to reach the harbour-master's vessel, the Tavy. Whilst
on board this vessel the piercing and heart rending cries of the crew for help stimulated him to fresh exertion
and another attempt was made at the imminent risk and danger of their lives. At half-past eleven he succeeded 
in reaching the sufferers, the boat having again filled twice, and being nearly on the point of going down. He
took off the captain and four men of the crew, and conveyed them on board the Chatham; but learning that one of
the poor fellows was still on the wreck, who was too much exhausted to cry for help, this gallant officer again
put off, determined to leave no human means untried to rescue the poor fellow from his impending fate, which was
accomplished with the utmost difficulty and danger, in consequence of the wreck being on the rugged and unfinished
end of the Breakwater. After surmounting this difficulty, they succeeded in conveying him on board the Chatham,
where, in a few minutes after, he expired. ...... This isone among the many instances in which this gallant officer
has periled his own life in attempts to rescue those of persons wrecked. As recently as the 1st November last the
Albion was wrecked on the Breakwater, when Lieutenant Holman went off in his boat from a dead lee shore, through
a terrific sea, and succeeded in reaching the crew. Lieutenant Holman was ably assisted by Mr. Finlator, foreman
of the Breakwater work, who volunteered to go in the boat with him.   

6 March 1838
(Summarised)
On Wednesday last Mr.A.Tregarthen, harbour-master of Llanelly went with his boat and crew about two miles below 
the harbour, to assist in saving the cargo of the Schooner Active, of Dartmouth, E.George, master, which vessel
lay a wreck on a bank of sand, on which she struck when on her voyage from Truro to Aberavon, with a cargo of 
copper ore. The cargo was saved and loaded into another boat. Mr.J.Brabyn, ship-builder took his boat out to the
vessel,and with several shipwrights andothers got aboard with the intention of raising her. However, they were
foced to abandon the attempt and proceeded to get back into their own boat when it was smashed against the wreck,
stoving in the stem. They tried to keep her aloat by huddling in the stern, but she went down, leaving the 12 men
struggling in the sea and six hanging on to the rigging. Mr.Tregarthen then rowed his boat near and rescued 7 men.
Mr.George, the captain of the wrecked Active, was also at hand in a boat and saved four more. One young boy 
was lost, crying out for his mother. That left 6 men clinging to the rigging, but the two boats were unable to
get near, and ran for Llanelly, where Mr.John Batten and Mt.Thomas Hugh, tide-waiters, started off inthe Queen's 
boat and, when the tide had subsided a little they saved 3 of the remaining 6 men. Captain Rees Hopkin in his boat
the Mary managed to get the other three off. The young boy who died was the son of Mr.Wilson, chief boatman of 
the Coast Guard service - Cambrian

15 March 1838
Lloyd's - A medal awarded to Lieutenant G.S.Brittain, R.N., Commander of the Whitby Coast Guard for his meritorious
and praiseworthy conduct in saving life and property in cases of shipwreck, and especially his gallant conduct in
resuing eight of the crew of the Middlesborough, wrecked off Whitby on 20th December.
(NB: G.S.Brittain also received the Silver Medal of the RNLI on 10 January 1838 for this rescue, and on 15 November 
he received the Gold Medal of the RNLI for saving the master and nine crewmen of the Jupiter, off Whitby)

29 March 1838
Suicide of R.Furmidge, aged 44, a commissioned boatman in the Coast Guard, who shot himself with a pistol on the 18th
of March. Lieutenant Hobrook, R.N., chief officer of the Coast Guard station at Felixtow-beach gave him an excellent
character for sobriety, diligence and attention to duty until he met with a disappointment respecting a young female,
whose character did not prove so good as he wished. Furmidge left two daughters in the Isle of Wight, where he had
connections.

18 April 1838
Appointments
Commander Parlby to the Coast Guard service at Sunderland

18 June 1838
Admiralty Court
Claim for salvage by Lieutenants Franklin and Caswell, of the coast-guard at Newhaven, for services rendered to the
Ocean, 150 tons, from the Gambia to London with a cargo of gum, ivory and other articles.

21 June 1838
Lloyd's - Silver medal to Lieutenant Rymer, R.N., of the Coast Guard, Berwick, for saving the crew of the Margaret,
of Dundee, wrecked near that place on the 8th April.

18 July 1838
Mr. Barlow Moore and the Coast Guard
Yesterday an investigation took place, by order of the Commissioners of Customs, at the Customs-house,
Gravesend, into the circumstances of the complaint by Mr. Barlow Moore against the Greenhithe coast-guard,
charging certain members of that body with having fired ball at his yacht, and annoyed him frequently at
other times, because he had taken into his employment a man who was obnoxious to them.

30 July 1838
A long report of the inquiry into the Barlow Moore affair (above). It appears that the Coast Guard superintendet
had reason to think that Pleyel, who was employed by Balow Moore might have been involved in smuggling.
Too long to transcribe but the investigators and witnesses may be of interest
C.Dowding, Surveyor-General of the Customs - Investigator
Captain Sparshott - Deputy Comptroller General of the Coast Guard - Invesigator
Mr. Leman - secretary to the investigation
Witnesses:-
Captain Tucker, Superintendent of the Coast Guard, Greenhithe
Lieutenant Parkes, Coast Guard, Greenhithe
James Dixon, boatman, Cliff Coast Guard station
William White, commissioned boatman, Cliff Coast Guard station
Thomas Warnock, boatman, Cliff Coast Guard station
Charles Johnson, commissioned boatman, Yantlet Coast Guard station (commander of the Tiger revenue cruiser)
John Moorhead, commissioned boatman, Greenhithe station
John Fulcher, commissioned boatman, Greenhithe station
James Atkins, commander of the Fly revenue cruiser (15 years in the service)
John Sutton, commander of the Sylph revenue tender (13 years in the service)
George Coates, mariner on board the Sylph revenue tender (ex employee of Barlow Moore)
Pleyel, ex Coast Guard boatman (now employed by Barlow Moore)
(A copy of the full report is available from me)

The investigation found in favour of Mr. Barlow Moore

28 August 1838
Promotions and Appointments
Commander Henry R.Sturt, to the Coast Guard vice J.S.W.Johnson, resigned
Lieutenants Horatio Blair and Daniel Leary to the Coast Guard, vice Thomas Stuart, to Pembroke, and J.Pitfield,
resigned.

3 September 1838
Promotins and Appointments
Commander E.W.Pilkington to the Coast Guard, Isle of Sheppy, vice Rich, promoted

23 NOvember 1838
The lucrative naval appointment of Inspector General of the service of the Coast Guard has become vacant by
the demise of Captain G.W.N.Knight. The appointment is in the gift of the Board of Admiralty.

22 February 1839
Perhaps an accident involving in its results more heart rending calamity has rarely occurred than that which
has been occasioned from the melancholy loss of lives bythe swamping of the Porthcawl Preventive Service boat
on the night of Thusday se'nnight. This ill-starred crew consisting of five excellent sailors and a respectable
young man of Nottage, in the preventive boat, in company with the pilot-boat, likewise belonging to Porthcawl,
being apprised by the look-out that a wreck with human beings on it was discernible in the direction of the
Skarweathers, immediately put to sea to their rescue, and happily succeeded in picking up the crew of the brig
Charles (nine men), who had lashed themselves to a part of the deck, on which they had been driven about the
Channel in a dense fog for nearly eight hours. After landing their half-starved and dripping cargo at Porthcawl
where they received every attention, they again went out to endeavour to save some part of the cargo of the 
vessel, which was floating about the Channel, and in a heavy and dangerous sea they had towed a large part of
the wreck to within a short distance of the shore; but the night coming on with thick drzzly rain, and being very
dark, it was deemed advisable by the persons in charge of the two boats to abandon the wreck, and to make the
best of their way back to Porthcawl. The man in charge of the pilot-boat, finding the tide running up very 
strong, with a heavy surf at the point of the breakwater, ran for Newton, and happily succeeded, through pitchy
dark in landing his men near the Bathing-house; but, alas !, not so the crew of the preventive boat. It is 
supposed that the principal coast-guard officer, Mr.Richard Jeatte, trusting to the strength and gallantry of
his crew, fancied he could round the point and gain the port. This, however, is only conjecture, but the depor-
able fact is, that on the return of the pilot-boat's crew along the coast to Porthcawl they found the other
boat , driven up by the surf high on the sandy beach, and, on giving the alarm and obtaining lights, the bodies
of Mr.Jeatte, and James John, (another of the coast-guard men) were foundnot far from her. That night and the 
following day all was dismay and lamentation in the neighbourhood - wives and children, brothers, sisters,and
aged parents were seen in every direction fruitlessly searching the rocks and sands for their lost relatives. 
On Saturday morning the bodies of the two Johns (sons of the coastguardsman of that name, who had been found on 
the Thursday night) were discovered on the shore near the Bathing-house, and on the same evening the body of
John Williams, a volunteer, was also picked up near the same place; but the other unfortunate young man, John
Howell, of the coast-guard was not found. By this dreadful calamity the families of the deceased are left in 
the most deplorable , and some of them destitute, circumstances, comprising four widows and 17 children. A
subscriptionis open for them, and contributions from the benevolent are received at the Cambrian office,
Swansea, and at two banks in that town. These are cases truly worthy of Christian charity. - Cambrian      

3 April 1839
The Case of Mr.Dillon
A statement copied by the Times from a contemporary journal :-
"The case of Mr.John Dillon, late of the Royal Navy, and formerly commanding the preventive coast-guard 
station at Millcove, in the County of Cork, has been at various times noticed by us as one of great hardship
in its effect upon that gentleman. The particulars of that transaction we have from an eye-witness - a
gentleman connected with our establishment - who happened at the time of its occurrence to be on that part
of the southern coast of Ireland, and within a short distance of Millcove. Mr.Dillon, being out in his boat
on duty, in a short after nightfall, observed a sail bearing down upon Millcove, and apparently making for
the harbour of Glandare. There being, as our informant heard, at the time, a suspicion that an American
smuggler brig was off the coast with the intention of landing a cargo of tobacco, the coast-guard were on
the alert, and Mr. Dillon thought it advisable to hail the vessel, which he had reason to suspect, from 
her refusal to lie to, was the expected smuggler. The sea at the time was running high, and Mr.Dillon 
could not, consequently, attempt to board the brig, as he discovered her to be. She put about, and, crowding
canvass made for sea. He pursued, keeping up from both his boats a continued fire on her. After she had 
rounded the old head of Kinsale, he lost sight of her; and presuming that she had cleared the head and got
off to sea, and - as it was subsequently proved on the investigation instituted into the matter - alarmed
lest his small boat with four men would be swamped by the heavy sea running off the head, he put back, 
satisfied that he had prevented a landing by beating the vessel off that part of the coast. The vessel,
however, finding it impossible to get out of the bay, and the gale freshening from the sea, put into the
harbour of Kinsale, where she was boarded by the customs surveyor of the port (Mr.Masters), and by him seized.
She was subsequently condemned as a lawful prize, and Mr. Masters received 11,786 as his share as seizing 
officer, whilst Mr.Dillon, the bona fide (if the matter be equitably considered) captor, got but 50. We 
assert Mr.Dillon to have been the bona fide captor, because, in point of fact, he not only prevented the
vessel from making a landing, but he also chased her until within a short distance of her capture, and in
reality into a situation in which she could not avoid being captured, although he had lost sight of her for
a brief period towards the conclusion of the chase. The vessel was the brig Peru, of New York, and had on
board near 40,000 of tobacco. This entire cargo, our correspondent states, would have been run but for Mr.
Dillon's falling in with, and boating off, the vessel. For this he not only did not receive his just share
of the prize money, but he also lost his situation. 
The Government has been repeatedly appealed to by him, and petitions to Parliament have been every session
since the transaction occurred, presented fro him on the subject. He demands, if he is chargeable with not
having done his duty, in not boarding the vessel, a court-martial. This it would be but fair to grant him.
Sir E.Codrington, to whom the case was referred for inquiry, made a report to Lord Althorp (now Earl Spencer)
exonerating Mr.Dillon from the charge of cowardice. He demands that this report should be confirmed, or if
not, that heshould be allowed to prove the facts before a committee of inquiry. This was, we perceive, the 
prayer of a petition from him, presented on Wednesday night by Sir F.Burdett. It is, on the whole, as gross
a case of hardship as we have at any time known an officer to be oppressed by. We trust that it will shortly
obtain the consideration of a new Administration, if the present have made up their minds not to entertain
it, with a view to the redress of the injured gentleman's grievance"

12 April 1839
Letter from Mr. John Dillon, late of the Coast Guard
Part of his letter says :-
"I commanded the coast guard stationed at Cashin river, in the County of Kerry, when I received orders from
the Controller-General of the coast guard to proceed forthwith and take command of the coast guard station
at Milk Cove, in the County of Cork....."
(A long & detailed explanation of his first few days at Milk Cove etc - Copy available)

1 July 1839
Portsmouth, 
Naval Promotions and Appointments
Captain F.E.Loch, late of the Hastings, to be Inspector-General of the Coast Guard, Scotland, vice Knight,
Deceased.

10 July 1839
(Summarised)
After several fishermen were arrested at Ramsgate for hawking fish in the streets, a mob, consisting of around
1000 men and women surrounded and carried away the vans in which the prisoners were being taken off to Sandwich
gaol. They also broke windows and did general damage to the building where the magistrates had committed the
prisoners to gaol. The small force of police (only 7 or 8) were stoned by the mob, and when no reinforcements
arrived for the police, the mob started dismantling the windows and doors of the vans and the prisoners made 
their escape. They then progressed down Harbour Street toward the pier, stopping at the homes of the magistrates
and hissing, groaning and "using the most opprobrious epithets towards them". A police officer named Ellis was
beaten severely until able to hide in the yard of a Mr.Austin. In the evening the magistrates swore in a number
of special constables and the Coast Guard under Lieutenant Loveless were put on orders to be ready to assist if
there was any further trouble, and in catching the escapees.
Next day it was reported that the prisoners had been re-captured at the Yew Tree, a beer shop in Clumpton, about
a mile and a hal from Ramsgate after a little resistance, by the police and the Coast Guard. They were then taken
to Sandwich gaol. However, another mob of around 700 or 800 gathered in the evening inthe market place at Ramsgate.
They marched to the home of Mr.Ellis, a commissioner for array, and broke all the windows, then moved on to the
home of Mr.Karn, another commissioner, in King Street, and did the same, and then to Mr.Box's house similarly.
By 12 o'clock, there being no sign of the mob dispersing, the magistrates called out the Coast Guard, who marched, 
armed, through the town and dispersed the rioters. There was some criticism of the magistrates within the town for
not calling in the Coast Guard earlier. According to the report the rioters were incited by two men named 
Breckenshir and Magnus who were shareholders in a fishing smack and objected to a law prohibiting the hawking of
fish in the street.
 
11 July 1839
Royal Humane Society
The Silver Medallion was awarded to Mr.Owen Jones, of the Coast Guard Srvice, and the Bronze Medallion to each
of his crew, for swimming through a heavy surf to the relief of the crew of a French vessel wrecked on the coast
of Ireland,all of whom they saved.

27 July 1839
Admiralty Court, July 26
An action by Lieutenant Robins, chief officer of the Coast Guard at Hurst Castle Station, Isle of Wight, and five
others for remuneration for salvage services rendered by them to the Brunswick, which, on her way from Deptford to
Malta, with Government stores, having previously taken on a pilot at Cowes, got up on the Shingle sand, off the
island, on the nights of the 20th and 21st of January.  (Salvage awarded)

20 August 1839
Letter from Digby Marsh, Inspecting Commander, Rottingdean Coast Guard District saying that the officers
of that district had contributed one day's pay to the Nelson Testimonial, and the paper could publish this
if they thought it would encourage more contributions.

2 September 1839
(Summarised)
Lieutenant J.H.Maxwell, R.N., refused to stand for the singing of God Save the Queen, at Cromarty.
When remonstrated with by Baillie Watson, he took out a peace-warrant against Watson to stop him
molesting him. Watson appealed, and when the full story was told the magistrates repealed the warrant
and admonished Maxwell. Maxwell appealed to the Lord Ordinary who quashed his appeal and ordered him to
pay costs, refusing leave for any further appeal.

24 October 1839
We are at liberty to state most positively that mates in the Royal Navy are to be appointed imediately
by the Admiralty, to fill the existing vacancies of chief officers in the Coast Guard service, receiving
pay at the rate of 9s per day, and being on the same footing, as respect their claims to and chances of
promotion, as the lieutenants.

28 October 1839
Appointments
Lieutenant E.F.Wells, to the Coast Guard Service 

18 November 1839
Appointments
Commanders T.V.watkins and E.B.Westbrook, to the Coast Guard, the former at Pembroke, the latter at Bridlington.

30 November 1839
We learn from the Hampshire papers that Lieutenant Westbrook of the Dieppe Coast Guard station, has captured
the noted smuggling vessel the Aristide. She had on board, when taken, six Frenchmen, two Englishmen,; and
during the chase she flung overboard part of her large cargo of 141 casks of spirits - Brighton Gazette

7 December 1839
Appointments
Mate - Herbert Blatchford Gray (chief mate of the Sprightly revenue cutter) to the Coast Guard, on the new
establishment.

16 December 1839
Appointments
Mates appointed Chief Officers of Coast Guard - 
E.Barnard to Coast Guard, Cornhill near Dover;
John Allen to the Chamelion Revenue Cutter;
J.A.Hire to the Lapwing Revenue Cutter;
J.B.Madden to the Dolphin Revenue Cutter;
Robert Synge to the Ranger Revenue Cutter

31 December 1839
"Gallant conduct of the coast guard at St.Andrews - rescue of a brig and 13 men
We have had several opportunities of remarking upon the prompt and successful effortsof Lieutenant Cox, and
his Coast Guard in rescuing vessels and men from death and destruction, or in assisting, as on a recent
mournful occasion, to secure property and assist sufferers when a shipwreck has actually taken place; but on
no occasion have the intrepidity and judicious conduct of this humane and meritorious officer been more 
signally and happily evinced than on Friday evening last. For many days a dreadful sea has been breaking 
upon our rocky and unapproachable coast, and even when the wind had, on the night of Thursday, shifted to
the south west, the rolling of the sea from the east was undiminished. Six vessels which were labouring
all day in the bay, and now and then trying to take the harbour, were deterred by the heavy swell which
rolled in the fairway from making the attempt........"   
Lieutenant Cox, with the life-boat crew and some local fishermen went to the aid of the master and crew of 
the Isabella and Ann, of Aberdeen, James Hutchinson, master, with a cargo of coal from Shields to Dundee.
The ship with its crew of 12 plus  the son of one of the owners as a passenger, were saved.

6 January 1840
Promotions and Appointments
Commander J.B.B.M'Hardy, from Coast Guard, Isle of Wight, to be Captain
Lieutenant George Parker, of the Coast Guard Service, to be Commander
To be Lieutenant - W.R.Blooman (from Revenue Service)

8 January 1840
Ireland
Murder of an Officer of the Coast Guard
On Wednesday morning last a report which horrified every one whom it reached prevailed in the peaceable
neighbourhood of Millisle and Donaghadee, to the effect that onthe preceding night Lieutenant W.Newcole,
chief officer of the Coast Guard on the Millisle station - a gentleman of the most estimable charcter
and engaging manners - had been shot dead by one of the men under his command. This appalling rumour was
but to speedily and too fully confirmed. We shall here subjoin the particulars of this crime, which 
certainly is a murder unequalled for atrocity in the north of Ireland for many years. These details were
communicated to us by a gentleman who was present at the inquest heldon the body of the lamented Mr.
Newcole, in Millisle, on Wednesday. The evidence given was to the effect that Lieutenant Newcole on
Tuesday evening had died with Captain Leslie in Donaghadee, and left his house about half past 10 o'clock,
on his return to Millisle, accompanied only by a favourite dog. An hour afterwards a shot was heard by a
chief boatman of the Millisle coast-guard, which, from its distnctness, he knew must have been discharged
at a short distance. He had only proceeded anout 100 yards in the direction of Donaghadee when he was met
by Mr.Newcole's dog, which evinced by strange but significant gestures, a desire to lead him further. He
followed the sagacious animal, and, at a short distance, discovered the body of his commanding officer,
lying in a pool of blood, and lifeless, though still warm. The boatman immediately alarmed his comrades 
and others in the neighbourhood, and the corpse was removed to Millisle. On being examined by Dr.Getty 
it was found that his death (which must have been immediate) had been caused by a gunshot, which entered
near the spine, severing a principal artery. Part of the wadding was found in the wound; and being 
compared with that furnished to the coast-guard it was found to correspond. Captain Camclere, on being
informed of the circumstances, ordered the entire party of the coast-guard at Millisle under arrest; and
causing their carbines to be scrutinized, it appeared that none of them bore marks of having been recently
discharged, except one belonging to a guard named Monaghan. No sooner, indeed, had the news of this inhuman 
crime spread, than general suspicion fell on this man, who, it was known, had uttered threats against Mr.
Newcole, for having mulcted him in a portion of his wages, for misconduct. Another circumstance which 
strengthened the appearance of Monaghan's guilt was the fact, that the top of the leather case which covered
the muzzle of his carbine, had disappeared, while those of his comrades were in their usual condition. On 
being questioned as to the reason for this, Monaghan alleged that he had cut it out with a knife, though
it obviously appeared to have been shot away. It was deposed, too, that before the time the shot was fired,
he was on duty near the scene of the murder. To the magistrates presiding at the inquest there appeared 
sufficient evidence against Monaghan to warrant them in committing him to Downpatrick gaol for tral, which
was accordingly done on Thursday. Mr.Newcole was a native of the South of England, and respectably connected.
He had just received an order to remove to Carrickfergus station, whither, had he been spared, he would have
gone on Monday next; and Monaghan, his suspected murderer, was, on the same day, to have been transferred 
to Tallow, Wexford. - Belfast Whig  

25 January 1840
Promotions and Appointments
Mate - A.M.Sharp, of the Blenheim, to be Chief Officer in the Coast Guard

25 April 1840
Promotions and Appointments
Lieutenant John Nicholas to be Chief Officer in the Coast Guard

6 July 1840
Promotions and Appointments
Commanders Felix Edwin and Cerynden Spettigue to be inspecting commanders, Coast Guard

20 July 1840
Promotions and Appointments
Commander Digby Marsh reappointed to the Coast Guard
Commanders James Creagh and Arthur M'Gregor Skinner to be Inspecting Commanders of Coast Guard 
Lieutenant George William Tomlin to command the Nimble Revenue cutter, vice Ramsey, time of service up

3 August 1840
Coast Guard
Mate John Grandy from Comber to Hayling Island

27 August 1840
Aldeburgh, August 17
(Summarised)
The brig Sirius from south Shields with a cargo of coal struck on a shoal about half a mile from the
beach and sank. The crew of 8 men and a boy clung to the Fore-top. Two boats went out and saved them.
"The Coast Guard, under Captain Wheatley, R.N., worked heartily, and rendered valuable service"

21 September 1840
On the night of the 3rd instant the coast guard crew of the Coverack station, Port of Falmouth, seized the
Teignmouth, of Portsmouth, Henry Riddett, master, with 133 tubs of contraband spirits, in the act of running.
Crew escaped. 

2 November 1840
(Summarised)
An affray took place on Southsea Beach on the previous Friday, when a party of about 40 smugglers attempted to 
rescue 28 tubs and a wherry which had been seized by the Southsea Castle Coast Guard under Lieutenant C.Scott.
The Coast Guard repelled them but Scott was nearly drowned and received contusions to the head and two of his
crew were badly bruised. Lieutenant Davies of the Chichester station came out to assist but was too late to
prevent the attack. The smugglers escaped.

9 November 1840
Promotions and Appointments
Lieutenant John Millett to be chief officer of Coast Guard
Mate Walter Morris to be chief officer of Coast Guard

9 November 1840
On Tuesday the 28th ult., the Harpy revenue cutter, Lieutenant George Drew R.N., commander, captured, near the
Eddystone, the Cawsand smuggling boat Five Brothers, and 22 half-ankers of foreign spirits throw overboard in
the chase; the other part of the cargo was sunk with stones. And on Friday the same officer captured, off the 
Lizzard, the Fox, smuggling boat, belonging to Cawsand, with 127 half-ankers of foreign spirits and four men.  

16 November 1840
The Late Storm, Brighton, Sunday Afternoon, Nov.15
(Summarised)
Between 1 and 2 o'clock a brig, the Mary of Sunderland, 130 tons, Captain Kemp, with coal for Shoreham, was seen
beating to windward off the town, in a severe gale. The Coast Guard at the Brighton station, seeing the danger, 
took a supply of Dennett's rockets and Captain Manby's mortar, and follwed her along the shore. She drifted, 
without her masts, towards Black Rock, and then dropped anchor. However, the cable immediately snapped and she 
drifted on shore under the cliffs three quarters of a mile east of Kemptown, at about 4pm. Captain Marsh of the 
Bearshide Coast Guard station, Lieutenant Pratt of the Brighton station, Lieutenant Prior of the Greenway station,
and Lieutenant Newnham of the Black Rock station, with their men were quickly on the spot and tried to make contact 
using the Manby & Dennett equipment, but the wind blew the rockets off course. Eventually, whenthe tide began to 
ebb, a rope was attached to a buoy, which was floated out on the tide, and one man escaped the wreck using this as
a line. The other crew members waited until the tide had ebbed further and wre then able to wade ashore.  In the
meantime, however, a schooner had been driven on shore about 200 yards to the east. Initial attempts to get a line
on board with the Manby apparatus and Dennett rockets met with no success, but later she was blown further inshore
and lines were then got to her. However, the crew og five had become so numbed by the cold that they could not use
the ropes, so they could only wait until the tide subsided at 5am the next day. The schooner was the Sir John Seale
of Dartmouth, Captain Milman, bound from Leith to Dartmouth with coal. The crew were in a poor state and were looked
after at the Coast Guard station and at the Abergavenny arms at Kemptown. Two were so ill that they were later
transferred to the Sussex County Hospital, where they later recovered. Whilst the Coast Guard were trying to deal with
the schooner, another brig, the Orwell, became stranded at Potobello, about four miles further east, and Captain Marsh
and his men from Bearshide started to her assistance. However, the crew of 8 had already made it to the shore in the
ship's boat and were being looked after by the Coast Guard at Portabello. The Orwell was thought likely to be a total
loss, but the Mary and the Sir John Seale were expected to be saved. Hundreds of spectators watched the rescue attempts
and thousands visited the wrecks the following day. 

17 November 1840
We are now enabled to announce that the period of service of Inspecting Commanders of Coast Guard is extended from
three to five years.

7 December 1840
Appointments
Lieutenant Thomas Cartwright from the Irish Coast Guard to be chief officer at Lidd, Romney

23 January 1841
Promotions and Appointments
Commander Richard Shepherd Triscott to be Captain
Lieutenant Thomas Holloway Holman to be Commander
Mate John Allen to be Lieutenant
(The above are the annual Coast Guard promotions)
Lieutenant William Hay (from the Coast Guard, Isle of Wight), to the Pelican, vice Tollemache.

15 February 1841
Appointments
Commander George Bissett from Dundalk Coast Guard to Fowey Coast Guard 
Lieutenant Henry A.Finucane to be chief officer
Mr.W.C.Forsyth, Chief Officer of Selsey station to Kington, near Littlehampton, vice Lieutenant Perry, removed to 
South Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

25 February 1841
Brighton - An investigation has just taken place at the Black Rock Coast Guard station, near Brighton, into 
some alleged misconduct on the part of Lieutenant Newnham, of the Black Rock station, and Lieutenant Prior, of
the Greenway station. We understand the circimstances to be as follows :-
The two Lieutenants have lately received orders to remove to stations in Ireland - a proceeding which, owing to
the more onerous nature of the duties required in the sister country, is looked upon in the service in the light 
of a punishment. The reson for the change was therefore sought, and the two officers learned that they had been 
reported by Captain Marsh, inspecting commander of the district, for absence from duty and insubordination. They
immediately demanded of the Coast Guard authorities an investigation into their conduct; and, in consequence, a
commission was issued by the Comptoller-General of Customs, accordng to the rules of the service, directing
Commander Pilkington, Inspecting-Commander of the Littlehampton district, with two lieutenants fro the same station,
to investigate the case. A court was accordingly opened for the purpose on Wednesday, and the investigation lasted
five days, terminating on Monday evening, but the decision will not be known till it has been approved by the
higher authorities. 

5 April 1841
Appointments
Commander Alexander Taubman Goldie (1839) to be inspecting commander
Mate J.G.S.M.Moore and Christopher Ludlow to be Chief Officers (Coast Guard)

26 April 1841
On the 15th instant Lieutenant Parsons, chief officer of the Swanage Coast Guard  station, captured 8 notorious
smugglers and 117 tubs and 1 flagon, The smugglers had got down by the ropes over the cliff, and after the tub
boat had put off the patrols prevented the smugglers from coming up at a place called Tilly whin, near Warleston
Head. this is the third capture made by this officer, besides having rendered assistance to a great number of
wrecks, while in command at St.Alban's Head.

13 May 1841
The following is an extract of a letter dated Peterhead May 1 :-
Lloyd's agent here (Peterhead) has this day received from Liutenant Patterson, R.N., Collieston, a place about
12 miles distant from this Port, the following letter -
Coast Guard station, Collieston, April 30
Sir - In the present agitated state of public feeling with regard to the fate of the steam-ship President, every
item of information respecting a vessel of her description is, of course, interesting.
I therefore beg to inform you that a bust figure-head, representing that of a man, was thisday picked up at sea by
the fishermen of this place, and also part of a steam-ship's paddle, painted red, both of which were close together.
I beg to subjoin a rough draught of the bust.
(From the draught which accompanied Lieutenant Patterson's letter, the bust figure-head referred to appears to
represent a seama wearing a black neckcloth, with the collar of his shirt folded back)
*The vessel here alluded to could not be the President, for the paddles of the latter are painted black, and the
figure-head isthat of General Washington - Standard.
NB; The President was an American steamer that had gone missing.

20 May 1841
A testimonial was a few days since forwarded by the King of the French to the Board of Admiralty, for a boat's crew
at Rye. It was five large silver medals, bering on the one side a medallion likenessof His Majesty, and on the 
reverse an inscription stating the event which it is intended to commemorate, and the names of the individuals to
whom it was presented. The Admiralty forwarded them to Lieutenant Welsh, chief officer of the coast guard station
at Rye, who presented them on Tuesday last to Mr.Head, the surveyor of Customs, R.Tiltman, a pilot, and three 
seamen who at imminent risk, saved the lives of the crew of the French sloop La Jeune Victor, which was wrecked off
Rye in February last.   
 
24 May 1841
Appointments
Lieutenant W.H.Lloyd (1815), to be chief officer (Coast Guard) 



17 September 1841
Reference to the finding of the body of Mr. Enoch Edward Williams, aged about 32, a clerk in the offices of 
Mr,Judge, a Solicitor, between Ramsgate and Broadstairs by David Geary, a Coast Guard, on 13 September. Williams
had been seen the previous day by several people including Simon Fitzgerald, a commissioned boatman of the 
coast Guard.

20 September 1841
Appointments
Commander C.Parker, R.N., from Sligo, is appointed Inspecting Commander of the Coast Guard to the Waterford 
District, in the room of Commander the Hon. G.Hastings, who was appointed to Command H.M.Ship Harlequin.
Lieutenant J.Clerk, to the Coast Guard at Romney

23 October 1841
Yesteday morning intelligence was received at Lloyd's that on Wednesday afternoon, about 5 o'clock, during a
heavy gale from W.N.W., the smack Josephine, Captain Gallien, from London to Cherbourg, in ballast, in running
for Rye harbour, with five feet of water in the hold, struck on the bar; every exertion was made by the Coast
Guard to get her into the harbour, but all their efforts to do so proved ineffectual; and about 2 o'clock next
morning she was abandoned by the captain, a passenger, and part of the coast-guard. There were six left on
the wreck, who could not leave in consequence of the unfortunate swamping of the pilot-boat - viz.
three of the coast-guard, named James, Neville, and Looira, two of the crew, and  the pilot, George Rubie, 
belonging to Rye, who were all drowned. Every exertion was made by the officers of the customs at Rye to save
their lives, but they could not approach the ill-fated smack, in consequence of a terrific sea breaking over
the vessel. None of the bodies have been found.    
 
1 November 1841
Reference to Mr. Cockburn, chief officer of the Coast Guard Service at Hillsborough near Ilfracombe, when the
smack William and Tom, of Cork, Murphy, master, with a cargo of oats from Clnakelty to Newport, became 
waterlogged and dis-masted. The crew wre saved by the Coast Guard and the vessel was wrecked. Mr. Cockburn was
also the Ilfracombe Agent of the Shipwrecked Mariners Association.

25 November 1841
Action in the Admiralty Court by Lieutenant William Henry walters chief officer of the Coast Guard at Jewry's
gap, near Dungeness, and his crew of 11 men, for salvage services rendered to the Union, from London to
Mauritius, with a valuable cargo, 7 miles from Dungeness. The owners had offered 105 which had been refused 
(the cargo saved had been valued at 10,451). The Coast Guard had worked from the morning of the 19th to the 
evening of the 21st to save the cargo. The Court's judgement was for 150.  
   
8 December 1841
Captain Peter Fisher (1814) to succeed Vice-Admiral Bowles in the Coast Guard.

18 December 1841
Captain Phipps Hornby, C.B., Superintendent of Her Majesty's Dockyard, Woolwich, has been appointed 
Surveyor-General of the Coast Guard, vice Bowles, promoted to be a flag-officer

24 January 1842
Letter to the Collector and Controller of Customs, Derry, from Lieutenant J.M'Gladdery, R.N., Innisbofin Coast 
Guard Station, January 11, 1842, notifying the wreck of the schooner Montagnaise, of Belfast, Major Wilson,
master, on the south west point of Tory Island. All hands drowned.

11 April 1842
J.B.Clarke, to be Lieutenant of the Coat Guard at the Kingston station, Sussex.

21 April 1842
Wreck of the Troopship Beulah, 500 tons, Captain Grieves, of Liverpool, on charter to transport troops to India. 
She went ashore near New Romney. Lieutenants Cartwright and Coombes of Standgate Coast Guard station directed
that the troops and others should leave the vessel, which they did, with a view to lightening her to get her off.
All the passengers and crew were saved, but the ship became a wreck. One Coast Guard, named Cowper, from the 
Inklestone station fell overboard from one of the boats and drowned. He left a wife and two or three children.


25 April 1842
Appointments
Lieutenant James Loveless, to the Coast Guard 

3 May 1842
Lieutenant Coombe and his crew at Stangate were awarded 300 salvage for their efforts to save the Beulah (above).

9 May 1842
Appointments
Lieutenant D.R.B. Mapleton, to the Coast Guard 

8 June 1842
Appointments
Lieutenants A.Kennedy, W.Southey, D.R.B.Maleton, and G.W.Wilkinson, to the Coast Guard

23 August 1842
Lieutenant William Southey (1814) from the Coast Guard Service to the Salamander

6 January 1843
Bankruptcy
John M. Bute, of Spa-road, Inspector of Coast Guard, insolvent 

12 January 1843
Coast-guard Seizure - A smuggler shot
Bridport, Jan.8. - This morning (Sunday) a seizure was made by Lieutenant Hicks and crew of the coast-guard
stationed at Burton, about two miles to the eastward of this harbour, of 150 half ankers and nine flagons
of foreign spirits, a boat and three men. It appears that the boat came on shore in a very heavy sea, at a
place called Freshwater, when smugglers landed the kegs from the boat on the beach, and were almost immediately
surrounded by the officers of the coast-guard. The smugglers fled in all directions, leaving the officers in
quiet possession. One poor fellow out of the three captured, on endeavouring to escape, was shot through the 
neck, and carried to an inn at Burton, where he lies without the slightest hope of recovery. His name is Smith
and he keeps the inn at Osmington Mills, near Weymouth. The other gtwo taken have been committed to prison.

30 January 1843
Appointments
Commander Douglas Curry, to be inspecting-commander of the Coast Guard, vice Sir Robert Hagan, promoted.

7 February 1843
Whitby, Feb. 3
The Elizabeth, of Sunderland, is ashore here, but expected off. The William and Ann, of London, is ashore 
in Robin Hood's Bay, six of the crew drowned; also Lieutenant Lingard, of the Coast Guard, Captain Poad,
of the Ayton, and four men who went to her assistance.

6 March 1843
Appointments
Commanders James Cooper Bennett and George Clark Mends, to be Inspecting Commanders of the Coast Guard, vice 
Commander Frederick Patten, resigned, and Lieutenant Evansop, relieved.
Commander Douglas Curry to the Newcastle Station vice Commander Edwin, removed to Cove district
Lieutenant Charles R.Johnson, to Lyme Cobb
Lieutenant H.Croker, to Carrickfergus
Lieutenant Edward George Elliott, from the Royal George Revenue cruiser, to Oyster-haven, vice Lieutenant
Charlesson, who has exchanged to the Royal George
Lieutenant W.Butler is appointed to the Coadt Guard, but station not yet named.

9 March 1843
Chelmsford, Wednesday March 8
(Summarised)
Frederick Carter, aged 30, ostler, was indicted fora midemeanour inunlawfully assaulting William Jones,
on officer of Her Majesty's Customs, and obstructing him in his endeavours to seize smuggled goods.
On the 11 February Lieutenant Bennett, an officer inthe Coast Guard at the Cliff station, Kent, and two of
his men, one being Jones and the other Holland, saw a steam-ship drop packages at sea which were then picked
up by small boats. The boats then made for Essex. At Mucking-creek the Coast Guard caught up with them but 
they had already landed the goods. The Coast Guards then landed and followed the footsteps of about 10 or 12 
men for about 5 miles to the village of Orsett, where they found two light carts. Holland tried to stop one 
cart but was beaten with a whip by the driver. However, he managed to jump into one of the carts and found
it loaded with tobacco, but was thrown out of the cart. Jones stopped the other cart but was challenged by 
the prisoner, who was walking along the road. He seized Jones' musket and asked him what right he had to stop
the cart. He and Jones struggled and the carts got away. Only Lieutenant Bennett was in uniform, and the 
prisoner claimed that he did not know that Jones and Holland were Coast Guards or he would not have interfered.
He thought he was preventing a robbery. Before the defence could present their case, Lord Denman the judge, 
said that he could not see how the defence could prevent the Crown from winning the case but he did not think
that Carter should be punished, so he suggested that the prisoner should be convicted but bound over in his 
own recognizances not to interfere again. The defence accepted this compromise.

23 May 1843
Appointments
Lieutenant C.B.Bayley to Mismerhaven, Southwold Station

29 May 1843
Appointments
Lieutenant W.Dawson from Cross Haven to Keel Station, Westport, to be inspecting chief officer of that district
Mr.J.Peake from Castle-town station to Cross Haven , vice Dawson
Lieutenant G.Morris to command the Skylark

13 July 1843
Melancholy Accident - Bridport, July 11
Yeaterday (Monday), a boat from the coast-guard station at Chideock went with its principal officer to Charmouth.
As the officer was not going to return in the boat, he gave the men permission to take back several of their wives
and children, who had been attending a fair held there that day. On their return, about half-past nine o'clock last
evening , and when near a part of the coast called Westhay, they proceded to land a woman whom they had as a passenger
and in nearing the shore the steersman of the coastguard boat at the time luffed her up in the wind, it being very
squally at the time, with the wind off shore, when she immediately upset, and, melancholy to relate, seven out of
nine persons found a watery grave. The following are the names of the unfortunate sufferers:- Mann (a boatman),
Mrs. Turner and child, Mary Hodder (the passenger), with three children belonging to a boatman named Dumble. Mrs.
Dumble was in the boat, and was saved by clinging to a boatman named Phillips, who was saved, after being in the 
water nearly an hour. When Phillips picked up Mrs. Dumble, she was clinging to one of her children, dead in her arms.
With the exception of the bodies of Mann and the eldest of Mrs. Dumble's unfortunate children, all the others have
been found.

24 August 1843
Births
At St.Leonard's-on-Sea, on the 22nd inst., the lady of Captain MacIlwaine, R.N., Inspecting Commander of Coast Guard,
a son.

28 August 1843
Appointments
Lieutenant W.Tomlin to the station at Marchwood, near Lymington.
Lieutenant Joseph Elwin to the Active, revenue cruizer, vice Lieutenant W.Tomlin

4 September 1843
Letter from Edward Medley, Lieutenant, R.N., Inspecting Coast Guard, Preswick-by-Wick

23 Septembe 1843
Fatal Fight at Folkestone - On Friday last the Coast Guard here were inspected by their commanding officer;
after which the party that were stationed in the warren on their way home repaired to the fleur-de-lis Tavern,
where they got intoxicated, and a row broke out between two of the men, named Spencer and Watts, who adjourned
to a field to fight; they had several rounds, when poor Spencer received such injuries as to cause his death
next day. An inquest has been held on the body, which is adjourned to Friday. The two men who fought were very
steady men, and much respected, and when sober were like brothers. Each have families to deplore the event. Watts
is ina state of mind bordering on distraction. Grest blame is attached to the seconds, as several persons
endeavoured to part them - Kent Herald.   

25 September 1843
Lieutenant H.Warren, appointed to Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby, vice H.Evison, who has resigned, having been
appointed to the Deputy-Governership of the Queen's Bench.

4 December 1843
Lieutenant Edgar Slade from Cairnrean station to the station at Auchmithie
Lieutenant William Butler from Crookhaven to Sutton
Lieutenant Spencer Stirling from Whitenose station to H.M.Steamer Cyclops
 

9 December 1843
Marriage
On the 4th inst., at Countesbury Church, North Devon, by the Rev. C.Keckewick, W.R.Harvey, Esq., R.N., Coast
Guard, Eastferry, Cove of Cork, to Maria, eldest daughter of the Rev. T.Roe, Manor House, Lynemouth.

11 December 1843
Lieutenant Peter Rainier to Fairlight station
Lieutenant Francis Higginson from Stangate Creek to Rochester New Station
Lieutenant George Gahan from Leysdown station to Gillingham New Station
Lieutenant Charles Gale from Cocklesbill Hard to Leysdown station, vice Gahan
Lieutenant C.Wilson Ross from Whitehorse to Crookhaven station
Lieutenant J.Davies from Castle Gregory to Whitehorse station
Lieutenant F.Hire from Cornhill to Westbrook station
Lieutenant E.Slade from Cairaryan station to H.M.Ship Larne
Lieutenant Butler from Crookhaven to Sutton station  

  
12 January 1844
Coast-guard Seizure - A smuggler shot
Bridport, Jan.8. - This morning (Sunday) a seizure was made by Lieutenant Hicks and crew of the coast-guard
stationed at Burton, about two miles to the eastward of this harbour, of 150 half ankers and nine flagons
of foreign spirits, a boat and three men. It appears that the boat came on shore in a very heavy sea, at a
place called Freshwater, when smugglers landed the kegs from the boat on the beach, and were almost immediately
surrounded by the officers of the coast-guard. The smugglers fled in all directions, leaving the officers in
quiet possession. One poor fellow out of the three captured, on endeavouring to escape, was shot through the 
neck, and carried to an inn at Burton, where he lies without the slightest hope of recovery. His name is Smith
and he keeps the inn at Osmington Mills, near Weymouth. The other gtwo taken have been committed to prison.

11 November 1844
Coast Guard
Appointments
Lieutenant B.Baskerville, to Kessingland station, vice Riches, removed.
Removals
Lieutenant J.Barrett, from Richmond watch-vessel to Newquay, Cardigan, vice Morley, resigned.
Lieutenant C. Servante, from Dunny Cove to Carlingford, as Inspecting Lieutenant
F.Carey, from Clogher-head station to Strangford district as Inspector

9 December 1844
Melancholy Catastrophe
On Friday last Mr.T.T.De Lasaux, one of the Coroners of Kent, held an inquest at Whitstable on the bodies of 
Edward Polhill, aged 34, William Polhill, aged 25, George Miles, aged 32, John Mason, aged 31, and Henry Pym,
aged 33, the whole of whom had been unfortunately drowned on the evening of Wednesday last, while passing from
Whitstable to the Isle of Sheppey
(Report summarised for brevity)
Henry Pym had been a farmer at Leysdown, in Sheppey, but had retired from farming and was then living at Bridge
near Canterbury. The others killed were all coast guards stationed at Whitstable. E.Polhill and G.Miles have 
both left widows and five young children. J.Mason was also married with one child. The other two were unmarried.
Mr.Aldridge, chief officer of the Coast Guard station at Seasalter gave evidence that shortly after 4pm he had
ordered E.Polhill, chief boatman, W.Polhill, G.Miles and J.Mason, to take the four-oared gig and go and watch the
craft rounding Shellness Point and then to go to Shellness and see the chief officer there. Mr.Pym asked if he 
could go with them in the boat because he wanted to go to Sheppey. He agreed and the five men set out.The boat 
did not return all night and he was concerned so he went out the next morning to look for them. Between 1 and 2pm
he found the bodies of E.Polhill, W.Polhill, G.Miles and Mr.Pym lying on Pollard sands. The boat was near them,
lying on its larboard side. Mason's body was later found in the water nearby.Since all the men concerned were of 
a steady and careful disposition and none had been drinking he assumed that the boat had capsised as a result of
a heavy swell which often occurred where the two tides met, near the place where the bodies were found.
Charles Foreman, a dredger, of Whitstable, said he had seen a boat near Pollard Sands on the day concerned, 
going quite fast, and then it disappeared and he assumed it had taken its sails down. There were no other boats
in the vicinity at the time.
Captain Blair, R.N., inspecting officer for the district, asked whether the conditions at sea were good enough
on that day to attempt the crossing to Shellness and whether the boat was heading in the right direction. Foreman
said there was nothing in the weather to cause any difficulty, and the boat was going the way that he would have
gone to shellness.
The verdict was accidental death.

24 December 1844
Appointments
C.J.F.Newton, 1838, late of the Coast Guard to the Lily

30 December 1844
Lieutenant W.Coles (1838) to command a station.
Mr.T.B.Glover removed from Sutton to Saltfleet station, vice Brouncker, R.N, to Staithes

6 January 1845
Lieutenant C.H.Kempthorne, removed from Barry's Cove station to Old Head, vice Townshend
Lieutenant R.C.O'Brien, removed from Howstrand to Clogher-head station, vice Carey

15 January 1845
The Pelican, 16, Commander Justice, arrived last evening at Spithead from Singapore. She had sprung a leak 
shortly after leaving Singapore and had transferred part of her cargo to the Harlequin. On her way to 
Spithead she had passed through the Needles and had gone too close to the shore and got caught on Kicker
Point, between Fort Monckton and Stoke's-bay. She fired minute guns to sound the alarm. Lieutenant Grandy,
of the Coast Guard station at Blockhouse with his crew went to her assistance but she got off by herself.

5 February 1845
Melancholy Accident - Dungeness - On Friday morning, a bark, outward bound, grounded about 9 o'clock, during
a very severe snow storm,at low water. Uponthe weather clearing she was discovered by Lieutenant Combe, of
No.2 Battery, who immediately ordered his galley to be manned from his station, the sea at the time running
very high, and the wind blowing very strong from the north. The boat was carried a short way by the men into
the water over the sands, and after a desperate struggle succeeded in getting alongside. She had no sooner
succeeded in getting a rope, when a sea unfortunately upset the boat and immersed the rowers in the water, 
with the exception of Lieutenant Combe, who at the time was climbung up the ship's side; two of the poor
fellows succeeded in getting in getting a rope, and were saved. Two others named Cocks and Cradick, sank to
rise no more. Every effort on behalf of Lieutenant Combe and the captain of the ship to save them proved
unsuccessful. Further asistance was then made, and No 1 Battery boat launched their galley, and after three 
more desperate struggles at length got alongside......We regret to say Cocks has left a widow and five
children, the other a married man, but no family. Too much praise cannot be given to the Coast Guard for
their praiseworthy and noble exertions. Lieutenant Combe is deeply grieved at the loss of his two men.

10 February 1845
Appointments
Lieut. J.Brooman to Torquay station, vice Moore, appointed to the Rolla brig
Removals
Lieut. W.Boys, from No 2 Battery to Kingstown, vice Loveless, to Pegwell Bay, vice Trappo, deceased.
Lieut. R.Goodridge from Hope Cove to Sidmouth, vice Edward, to Cawsand Bay, vice Foot, superannuated
Lieut. Coleman, from Lassiemouth to Frazerburgh, N.B., vice Glover, removed.

24 March 1845
Lieutenant J.A.Macdonald (1827) late of the Coast Guard, to command the Lizard iron steam-vessel

31 March 1845
P.J.Freyre from North Isle of Arran, to Cleggan station, vice Lieutenant M'Nevin to Basna 

7 April 1845
Appointments
Commander O.Oates, to be inspector of the Gosport district, vice Ramsay, period of service expired.
Commamder J.T.Talbot, to be inspector of the Whitby district, vice Robinson, term expired.
Lieutenant Elwin, to command Southampton-water station, vice Liddon, removed.
Commamder J.S.W.Grandy, to the Active cruizer, Portsmouth harbour station, vice Elwin
Lieutenant C.Goldsmith, late of the Shamrock cutter (paid off) to a station
Removals
Lieutenant W.Hole, from Belfast to the Weston-suer-Mare, vice Glinn, resigned
Lieutenant R.G.Jeffrey, from St.Andrews to North Queens-ferry station
Lieutenant J.Allen, R.N., from Challabrough to Portsmouth-harbour station, vice Grandy
Lieutenant H.Collins, from Blythe-harbour to Jarrowquay station
Lieutenant W.H.Goslin, from Roundstone to North Isle of Arran, vice Freyre, removed

1 May 1845
Loss of the Skylark
Portsmouth, Wednesday
(Summarised - The Skylark, 2, Lieutenant-Commander George Morris (1823), having sailed from Portsmouth
on Thursday, April 24, with 68 supernumeries on board, which with her own crew made a total of 110 men
on board, struck on Coalpit Ledge near Kimberidge on the 25th, in thick fog. After about an hour the fog 
lifted and the crew could hear shouting from the nearby cliffs that rescue was on its way from the 
coast-guard station. The coast-guard were under the command of Lieutenant Smith. One of the Skylark's
boats upset as the coast-guard approached and Commander Morris' 11 year old son was nearly drowned, but
was saved by one of the coast-guards named Crawley who swam out to him and held him up until Lieutenant
Smith could get to them.Eventually all were saved. Some by the coast-guard and others making their own way
in the Skylark's boats under assistance from the coast-guards.

12 June 1845
Court of Exchequer, Thursday, June 12
The William Hannington - Salvage
This was an action taken by Lieutenant Combe with support of the Government for salvage, against the owners 
of the William Hannington (See 5 February 1845 above). The owners had offered 80 but the Court awarded the
Coast-Guard 150 and 100 to the crews of the two Deal fishing boats, Industry and Union, which had also
assisted.

27 June 1845
The Lords of the Treasury having directed that all seamen serving in the Coast Guard should be registered
under the provisions of the act 7 and 8 Victoria, chap. 112, with a view of maintaining a correct register
of the seamen employed in Her Majesty's service, the Commissioners of Customs have issued instructions to
the collectors and controllers of the revenue at the various ports throughout the United Kingdom, to register
the chief boatmen, commissioned boatmen and other boatmen, mariners, ordinary mariners, and boys of the first
and second classes, serving in the Coast Guard, and to issue the requisite register tickets accordingly, upon
application being made to them for the same. 

15 December 1845
Admiralty Court
Claim for salvage by Lieutenant Edward Jervis Voules, R.N., of the Coast Guard station at Rickham, near
Dartmouth, against the Swedish owners of the brig Norrbotton. The latter was wrecked on the Moorlands at 
the entrance to Salcombe harbour on 29 April. The crew and cargo had been saved by Lieut.Voules and his
men. The owners had paid compensation of 15. Voules was awarded 20 plus costs.

1 October 1850
Letter to the Editor
Sir - I beg to enclose the accompanying paper, extracted from as bottle picked up this day by one of my crew.
A copy of the paper in which it is first inserted as an acknowledgement ofits receipt will oblige.
Your obedient servant
W.T.Smith, Co. Coast-guard station, Hope Cove, near Kingsbridge, Devon
The paper read"We the passengers and crew of the ship Harpley, bound for Audtralia, enclose this paper
to inform our friends that we are half-starved on a raft, having drunk the contents of this bottle, the
only thing we have drunk for 24 hours.The vessel sprung a leak, and foundered September 24, 1850.
Courtenay Fowell" 

22 October 1850
Coast Guard
Commander John Elliot Bingham (1840) from the Clyde to the Hastings district, vice Mottley (1843) whose
period of service has been completed.
Henry St.John Georges (1845) to the Harwich district, vice Alfred N. Fairman (1846), to the Clyde district
Alexander Little (1846) to be an inspecting commander of the Lyme district, vice Thomas Carpenter (1841), 
resigned, owing to ill health
Lieutenant George Bourchier Dewes (1841) to the command of the station at St.Lawrence, vice Joh H. Crang (1840),
appointed to the Geyser steam sloop at Woolwich.
Second-Master John Hales (b) (1829) to command at the station at Prussia Cove , vice Lieutenant Norton S. Sullivan.





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