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Old 04-10-2013, 04:46 PM
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Default Shipwrecks

I was browsing the Lesbury parish registers (makes a change from Warkworth ) when I came across the burials of a number of mariners in 1799. The ship was the Thetis from Shields and the captain was Brown.
The Newcastle Courant of 13 April talks about a tremendous storm when about 200 ships from Shields and Sunderland were caught in "a dreadful tempest with the wind inshore" About 22 are listed as lost including the Thetis which lost all her crew.
The registers give the date of deaths of the mariners as April 5th and the burial of the captain (George Brown of Bedlington, aged 38) states that the ship was wrecked on "Whawbourn Sands"

Now where is that?
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