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The Wallasey Wreckers and Smugglers Tales on the River Mersey

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 21 January 1905

 

WALLASEY WRECKERS. FINED FOR TAKING TREASURE TROVE. On Wednesday at Wallasey (Cheshire) Petty Ses sious, 3equel was afforded soma remarkable scenes —described at the time —which attended the wreck the Spanish steamer Alloa the Wallasey shore some weeks ago. It will be remsrnbered that the steamer, which was laden with wine and fruit, broke up, and her cargo during many days was washed piecemeal ashore. Some hundreds of persons turned out to reap the harvest, which the time was plentiful. Tbe coastguards and the police being unable to control effectively so large an area of beach, many persons contrived to elude their vigilance, and to get away with barrels of wine and cases oranges. Yesterday unlucky few who had been identified were" called upon to answer to the law for their proceedings. Evidence .was given to the effect that early on Saturday, the 31st lilt, two women were seen coming from the shore with six bottles of port wine concealed uuder their clothing. The women said had got the wine from the shore, where hundred? of other people were securing the wine as it was washed by the waves. Others were seen openly carrying wine bottles and jugs. Two men had consignment of oranges handcart, and tankard of port wine, whilst one woman had utilised toilet jug as a receptacle for wine. All the defendants pleaded that they did not know they were doing wrong. The Official Receiver Wrecks said that about £100 worth of wdne had been taken away. The magistrates said the scones which had taken place on the were against morality. The female defendants were fined" ls. 6d. "and Bs. 6d. costs, and tbe men 10s. and Bs. 6d. costs each.

 

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Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 19 January 1905

 

WALLASEY WRECKERS. FINED FOR TAKING TREASURE TROVE. Yesterday, Wallasey (Cheshire) Petty Sessions, a sequel was afforded to some remarkable scenes—described at the time—which attended the wreck of the Spanish steamer Alloa on the Wallasey shore some weeks ago. It will remembered that the steamer, which was laden with wine and fruit, broke up, and her cargo during many days was washed piecemeal ashore. Some hundreds persons turned out reap the harvest, which the time was plentiful. The coastguards and the police being unable to control effectively so large an area of beach, many persons contrived to elude their vigilance, and get away with barrels of wine and cases of oranges. Yesterday an unlucky few who had been identified were called upon to answer to The law for their proceedings. Evidence was given to the effect that early on Saturday, the 31st ult., two women were seen Doming from the shore with six bottles of port wine concealed under their clothing. The womert said they had got the wine from the sl'ore, where hundred? of people were securing the wine it was washed up by the waves. Others were seen openly carrying wine in bottles and jugs. Two men nad a consignment oranges in a handcart, and a tankard port wine, whilst one woman had utilised toilet jug as a receptacle for wine. All the defendants pleaded that they did not know they were doing wrong. The Official Receiver of Wrecks said that about worth of wine had been taken astray. The magistrates said the which taken place the Sandhills were morality. The female defendants were lined ls. 6d. "and Bs. 6d. costs, and the 103. and Bs. od. costs each.

 

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Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 19 October 1869

 

 

MORE WRECKING BY THE WALLASEY WRECKERS. case of some Interest to the maritime communis,/ heard before the justit sat the Birkenhead County-h 11, yesterday. A vesEel called the Empress, longing St. John's, New Brunswick, l»den wirh a cargo, composed cbiefly of men and women's app rel, was itrsnded on Sunday the 26th Septs nbor, mouth of the b twe and Formby. C»pt Cawkttt, an officer in thi service he Liverpool Savage Association, Wis s nt down in tug, with srffic ent s aff men to take chs~je o ihe go. The stormy wea 1 howevrr, would not allow i hem to approach the wrec< until Mo day, and on taeir boarding the EmpTeei they I a great number of boatn en and other patties busily engaged in brc iking open tb.; packages deck, s*<d convey the goods compost.g the cargo away their boat*.. Ama named Joseph Duncan, belonging to Llscard, on the Cheshire sic c of the river, appeais to have been conspicuous in relieving the Emp.eas ol her cargo, and Immense quantity of the goods woie found at his hor.se and at that of his father, Thomas Duncan. Another son, named John, who lived at the house of the old man, wes a'to implicated in the affair. Mr. Tynda'l conoucted the prosecution on behalf of the Underwriters' fid Mr. Bretherton had be instructed for the defence. The evidence left no doubt that the goods found the houses of the prisoners been taken from the stranded vessel, but there was no dire proof of complicity on the part of John, and he was d'- In the case of Joseph, Mr. Bretherton put in the ingenious that having been instructed by Caption Cwkett to take the goods to the vessel appointed to receive the salvage, he was thereby made bailee, and had only taken the goods home to dry them and make them more valuable, warehousing them at his own house and that of his father. Joseph, however, was sent to ol for three months, end tf>e old man was ordered to pay £5, the value of the goods found in house, as well as a cjnalty of 405., with costs; in deiauU a month's imprisonment. A man named Joha Lc 3 appeared defendant on charge sfmilp" to that Dm cans, but the evidence was defective and he was discharged.

 

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