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Ehen

Hob Uid: 901200
Location :
Dorset
Weymouth And Portland, Purbeck
Grid Ref : SY6636072980
Summary : 1890 wreck of French barque which stranded at Mutton Cove on her passage from Bremer Lehe for Bordeaux with rice and preserves. Constructed of wood in 1863, she was a sailing vessel, previously registered in Whitehaven.
More information : '...in dense fog on Monday night this French vessel went ashore on the rocks not far from where the SS BOURNEMOUTH became a total wreck recently. At high water she went in close to the cliffs, where one seaman managed to get ashore, climbing the almost perpendicular surface. On the way to the lighthouse to raise the alarm, he met a Coastguard on his beat, who was still in ignorance of the wreck due to fog. The rocket lifesaving apparatus was rigged, and with the help of the Coastguard, the captain, his wife and the rest of the crew were saved.' (1)(4)

NB: Source (4) states that this vessel belonged to Whitehaven and was British; this may refer to her previous owner.

'French barque EHEN of Havre, Pray master...went ashore at 8pm on the Bill of Portland between Blacknor and the upper lighthouse. Vessel is well onto the rocks, apparently holed. Prospect of salvage very doubtful...ten men and captain's wife saved. Ship probably total wreck.' (5)

'Barque EHEN appears to be still holding together...Tide ebbs and flows through her. Salvors will not entertain salvage cargo any terms. Expect ship to go to pieces next high water.' (6)

21-APR-1890: EHEN, French barque, became a total wreck at Mutton Cove, Portland. (7)

Built: 1863 (1)(2)(4)
Builder: Kennedy (1)(2)(4)
Where Built: Whitehaven (1)(2)(4)
Master: Roberts (1)(2)(4)
Crew: 10 (1)(2)(4)
Passengers: 1 (1)(2)(4)
Owner: A E Pray, Paris (1)(2)(4)

Date of Loss Qualifier: Actual date of loss

Additional source cited in Shipwreck Index of the British Isles:
Weymouth Library photo.neg.No.38/6

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Source Number : 1
Source : United Kingdom shipwreck index [pre publication typescript]
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Source : Parliamentary papers
Source details : 1890-1, Board of Trade Casualty Returns
Page(s) : 138
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Vol(s) : 76
Source Number : 3
Source : Wreck and rescue on the Dorset coast
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Page(s) : 44
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Source Number : 4
Source : Shipwreck index of the British Isles, volume 1 : Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset
Source details : Section 6, Dorset (AJ)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Lloyd's list
Source details : 22-APR-1890
Page(s) : 8
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Source Number : 6
Source : Lloyd's list
Source details : 23-APR-1890
Page(s) : 5
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Source Number : 7
Source : Dorset magazine : the county magazine
Source details : 1976, Dorset Shipwrecks
Page(s) : 22
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Vol(s) : 50

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built 1863
Monument End Date : 1863
Monument Start Date : 1863
Monument Type : Barque
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Lost 1890
Monument End Date : 1890
Monument Start Date : 1890
Monument Type : Cargo Vessel, Barque
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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