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The courage of Captain Walsh saves 82 lives

Year 1837

Read by Gyles Brandreth – Ambassador, Royal Humane Society

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On the morning of the 15th of February 1837, the ship ” Glasgow,” when running at the rate of nine miles an hour, struck upon a sunken rock off the Tusker, coast of Wexford. It blew a heavy gale of wind, and the sea was very high. In a few minutes the vessel was a wreck, the water rushing into her, fore and aft, as through sluices.

Just at the period, the schooner “Alicia,” commanded by Martin Walsh, hearing the signal of distress, bore down to their relief, and although repeatedly urged by his own crew not to risk the loss of his schooner by approaching the wreck, he replied, “that he had more at stake than they had, and that, although his vessel was all the property he possessed, he never would see lives lost while he could save them.” Acting upon this noble impulse, Captain Walsh ran alongside the wreck, and by the most undaunted courage and persevering humanity, he succeeded in saving eighty-two persons, to whom he and his crew afforded every possible relief.

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