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RESCUE OF MEN FROM THE CALF ROCK.

♦ Bespectisci the rescue of the six keepers of the Calf Rock lighthouse, on the south coast of Cork, who were left expoaed ou the rock after the lighthouse was blown down, for ten or twelve days, the correupondenfcofthe "Daily Chronicle," writing from Castletown, Rerehavon, on Dec. 9 says :— ' ' Yesterday morning the gunboat Seahorse, under the command of Captain Gravener, left Duraey Sound at nino o'clock, accompanied by three small bouts, which were under the direction of Michael O'Shea, who has made the name O'Shea famoup, as he has acted so bravely during the whole time, but more especially yes-

terday. He was so anxious to save the occupants of the "ock that ho actually divested himself of his clothes, so as to give himself free action to haul the men on board his boat, as I will describe hereafter. The means adopted to rcscuo the men were as follow ! —A lifc«bnoy with a line attached to it, wrts thrown by the men on the rock, which buoy was picked up by o'iShea's assistants, and another rope was attached to the buoy about an inch and a half thick. This Was hauled I on the rock by the men ( and when the tide was nearly low water they, drie at a I time, rushed down the steps, and jumping J into ihe sea, which was m a feai fully; violent state, were dragged on board O'Shea's boat, and transferred by him fiom his boat to the two others, and evontinlly to the Seahorse, where dry clothing and stimulants were applied to them. They had cork jackets anil life buoys on the rock, nnd they put them both on, which of course prevented them sinking, but did not prevent the sea from washing over thcrrij which rendered their position something feat fill to look at. The assistant lightkeeper, the only ode ashore, Mr Diiggan, was aboard the Seahorse from Dnrsey Sound, accompanied by Mr Burgen, assistant engineer of the Irish Light Commissioners. Captain Gravener consulted Mr Duggau frequently as to the state of the tides. Duggan, after five years' e-pcrience on Calf Hock, should know as well as anj' mau as to the state of the tides, and tild Captain Gravener that there waa no chance of rescuing the men except at slack tide, that is, when the tide m turning. Mr Burgen naturally tdok the deepest interest m the management of the different arrangemetns. Duggan's ideas as to the rescue of the men turned out to be correct, as they were taken oft' at low water. Captain Galmey, the cimmander of the Prince Alexander p-.d<lle-steamer of Irish lights, has just arrived from visiting the dwe'ling houses of the men. He was met there by Admiral Glyn, Staff-Captain Mos*, and Mr Hugh Tyrwhitt, all of whom were more than pleased by having heard the news of tho safety of the men. Great praise is due to all concerned m the rescue yesterday. O'Shea especially acted moat valiantly, and it is to be hoped that the llnmano Society will acknowledgo his bravery. Kelly wa3 the first saved, and also deserves credit for his pluck, as tho eye-witnesses every instant expected l;e would be dashea to pieces'. Nut the most extraordinary escape was that of Fortune, the principal lightkeepcr, who came down the steps, beiug the last person on the rock. The B".a was so rough that he returned for extra clothing, and on his making an attempt to get off was completely «u---veloped by what I can only term a cloud of sea, and which was of so much violence) that it wa3 a matter of much surprise when it was found he was uninjured. A tradesman, named Byrne, who was engaged m making some repairs on the lighthouse, appears to have suffered most. Ec came from Kingstown some short time since, which turned out a very unfortunate milter for him. Mr Burgen it was who lifted him on to the gunboat, and at the time he was m a fainting condition, but has now improved so much that it is believed that his health will not be_ injured m any way from the hardships he has endured. Captain Gravener, of tho Seahorse, whose kindness to the men cannot be sufficiently praised, presented out of his own pocket the sum of Lf> to O'Shea, and a similar amount to the crews of the three assisting boats, but it is believed that they will be rewarded by the Government.

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RESCUE OF MEN FROM THE CALF ROCK., Marlborough Express, Volume XVII, Issue 36, 13 February 1882

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RESCUE OF MEN FROM THE CALF ROCK. Marlborough Express, Volume XVII, Issue 36, 13 February 1882

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