The Wreck of the "Evviva"

The wreck of the Evviva
Evviva on the rocks

The Norwegian barque, “Evviva”,  bound for Bristol loaded with timber, drifted helplessly in mountainous seas in Fishguard Bay on Saturday, November 18th, 1893. The storm blew her to the far side of the bay towards Castle Point, underneath the old fort. Crowds of towns people  raced over to the fort, only to see the Evviva blown over to the far side of the bay near Llanpit.

A young boy was washed over board and to his death, despite frantic efforts  by the crew members, to throw him a line. When the “Evviva” struck the rocks, her wooden hull was smashed wide open while rescuers clambered over the rocks and successfully fired a line to the barque with the rocket apparatus.  One of the crew was brought ashore and the captain’s daughter, followed by the rest of the crew and the master, Captain H Bauhn who were taken off and over to Goodwick or to Fishguard where they were given dry clothing and lodgings. There was no hope of saving the barque which later broke up, the wreckage and cargo bobbing across the bay.

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