|The tale of the Geneva; the Ship who was Lost AND Shipwrecked under two different crew|
When the Geneva started taking on water her crew abandoned her and were picked up by a passing brig leaving only the ‘poor ships cat to perish’. Another crew deemed her worthy of a salvage attempt and set about bringing her into Glasgow. They were surprisingly successful, given her state, and it seemed they would succeed. However tumultuous storms drove her to the rocks at the Mull o Kintyre and the ‘new crew’ were lost in full sight of the locals who had assembled to provide assistance, save for one crew member who had clung to a piece of wreckage wood and who, after enduring six hours at risk of being dashed on the rocks himself, took his chance to leap to the land; falling short but being rescued by the local people.
Source: Shipwreck and Loss of Four Lives.;The Armagh Guardian, Friday 24 October 1862
Please note that the above is anecdotal telling of the tale taken from the information included in the Armagh Guardian newspaper report. There are alternative sources that suggest that the ship was called the Genova (out of Geneva) and that the salvage crew were heading for Limerick not Glasgow.
Image is for illustrative purposes of a ship of the period and is not the Geneva. Any images/further information regarding the Geneva would be most gratefully received.
Further reading: https://canmore.org.uk/site/286216/geneva-mull-of-kintyre-north-channel