Saldanha Anchor Donation – Sunday 28th August

On August 26, 2011 by admin

HMS Narcissus - a similar 32 gun frigate to HMS Saldanha

Our Heritage Week events come to a conclusion this Sunday with the unveiling of the anchor from HMS Saldanha. The anchor will be donated on permanent loan to Fort Dunree Military Museum at 6pm. All are welcome to attend. There will also be a talk about the Saldanha after the ceremony by John O’Rawe. We at the West Inishowen History & Heritage Group would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our Heritage Week events or supported us in any way.

The Saldanha was based in Lough Swilly in 1811 when it was caught in a gale and wrecked. There were no survivors of the estimated 253 on board. Over 200 bodies washed up on the shore at Ballymacslaken Bay on the west side of the Lough. One man was still alive on the shore but died soon after. The ship’s parrot also survived but was shot by a local a few weeks later. More recently, the ship’s anchor was found in the fishing nets of a local trawler and was placed in a garden. The anchor has now been acquired by West Inishowen History & Heritage. It has been cleaned up and is ready to be presented to Fort Dunree on Sunday.

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