british Halsewell [+1786]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type east indiaman
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1778
live live
weight (tons) 785  bm
dimensions 42.6 x 11 x 4.6 m
material wood
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons gale/storm
date lost 06/01/1786  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.166rank: 463
about people
Wells John, Rotherhithe (London)
Esdaile Peter
captain Richard Pierce
complement 240
about the wreck
depth (m.) 7 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered 01/07/2002
last update Lettens Jan
last update 06/01/2011
Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Iron cannons and cannon balls, assorted wreckage. Depth:7 m. Position: between Winspit and Seacombe cliffs, St Albans head.

Lettens Jan01/10/2009

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Lettens Jan30/01/2010Halsewell

Built by Wells, launched 1778, 3 decks, 4in bottom, length 139ft 7in, keel 112ft 2¼in, breadth 36ft 1in, hold 15ft ½in, wing transom 23ft, port cell 25ft 1in, between decks 6ft 4¼in, 776 tons.

Principal Managing Owners: 1-2 Thomas Burston, 3 Peter Esdaile.


(1) 1778/9 Madras and China. Capt Richard Pierce. Portsmouth 6 Mar 1779 - 5 Apr Madeira - 8 May Goree - 30 Jul Cape - 18 Jan 1780 Madras - 19 Jul Malacca - 1 Sep Whampoa - 11 Dec Second Bar - 19 May 1781 St Helena - 20 Oct Downs.

(2) 1782/3 Madras and Bengal. Capt Richard Pierce. Portsmouth 11 Mar 1783 - 30 Mar São Tiago - 23 Jun Johanna - 26 Jul Madras - 4 Sep Kedgeree - 31 Jan 1784 Saugor - 7 Jun St Helena - 28 Aug Downs.

(3) 1785/6 Madras and Bengal. Capt Richard Pierce. Downs 1 Jan 1786 - lost between Peverill Point and St Alban´s Head, Isle of Purbeck 6 Jan.
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007The Halsewell was an East Indiaman, built by Wells of Blackwell. She was around 750 tons when loaded, and was in the charge of Captain Pierce as she set sail for India from England at the beginning of January 1786. In the early hours of the 6th, she was blown into the cliffs along the Dorset coast. Most of the people drawned or perished from the cold or fell from the steep cliffs in an effort to save their lifes.
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