Stephen Whitney (ship)

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Stephen Whitney
Namesake: Stephen Whitney
Owner: Robert Kermit Red Star Line
Fate: Wrecked 1847
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1034 tons

Stephen Whitney was a passenger carrying sailing ship which was wrecked on West Calf Island off the southern coast of Ireland on 10 November 1847 with the loss of 92 of the 110 passengers and crew aboard. She was a packet ship in Robert Kermit's Red Star Line. The ship was named after a Kermit investor, New York merchant Stephen Whitney.

The 1,034 ton ship left New York City on 18 October for Liverpool[1] carrying passengers and a cargo which included corn, raw cotton, cheese, resin, and 20 boxes of clocks. On 10 November in thick fog, the captain, C.W. Popham, mistook the Crookhaven lighthouse for the one at the Old Head of Kinsale. At around 10 pm, the ship struck the western tip of West Calf Island, completely breaking up within about ten minutes.

The loss of the ship triggered the decision to replace the Cape Clear Island lighthouse with one on Fastnet Rock.


  1. ^ Bourke, Edward. Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast. 1. p. 134. ISBN 0-9523027-0-5. 

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Coordinates: 51°28′03″N 9°31′03″W / 51.46750°N 9.51750°W / 51.46750; -9.51750