Aid
ID: 12 Name: Aid
Inserted: 16.11.2010 Monument: 27877
Country of origin: England
Dating: 19th century
Date Wrecked: 28.07.1863 Propulsion: sailing ship
Address: Territorial sea, Läänemeri
Purpose: merchant ship
Vessel Type: brig
Cargo: coal
Story of Sinking: Aid, captained by Richard Errington was on her way from Sunderland to Kronstadt when she hit a reef near Hiiumaa in the evening of 9 August 1863. The crew of 8 men was forced to leave the ship and head towards land in boats.The ship repeatedly rammed the seabed and obtained a huge leakage. The rudder of the ship broke and the attempt to steer the ship to shore failed. There was a risk that the vessel would drift further from the shore and so the 8-membered crew abandoned the ship and headed towards land in boats early morning on 10 August. Before heading towards land the light of Kõpu lighthouse could be seen 10-12 miles S by E from the accident site. 15 minutes later the ship sank.
Description of Location: Tip of Kõpu peninsula (Hiiu Shoal is not mentioned in the sources)
Archival Reference: TLA.1213.1.16 EAA.30.11.683 EAA.4924.1.6322
Resource Links & Literature: Estländische Gouvernements-Zeitung, 12.08.1863, page 5.dea.nlib.ee/fullview.php
Estländische Gouvernements-Zeitung, dea.nlib.ee/fullview.php
Notes: It is not clear whether monument reg.no. 27877 is the wreck of Aid, or is it a wreck of some other English ship carrying a load of coal (e.g. Darien).
Estländische Gouvernements-Zeitung, 23.09.1863, page 8 - the inventory salvaged from the ship was placed on public auction. The ship is called a brig in the sea protest.

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