On 13 January 1843, boats from Newcastle and Annalong set out for the usual fishing stations but got were caught in a gale. 14 boats were lost in the heavy seas including a boat that had gone to the rescue. Only two boats survived, the Victoria and the Brothers. 76 men perished, 46 of whom were from Newcastle.
The Marine Park
The Mourne Mountains
There are 6 peaks over 700 meters with Donard the highest at 849m and the range is crisscrossed with a multitude tracks and paths that would take years to explore fully. Rivers, lakes and reservoirs litter the area and dams have been build over the last century ensuring that the Mournes are not only a beautiful place to visit but also essential as the main water supply to the Northern Ireland capital, Belfast.