by Jon Malings

Transcribed from The York Herald, October 10th 1889


BOARD OF TRADE INQUIRY—Board of Trade inquiry was opened yesterday at the Hull Town-hall before Messrs. T. Stratten and C. D. Holmes, borough justices and Captains Castle and Cosens, nautical assessors, into the loss of the Hull steamer Oxon. Mr. Saxelbye appeared for the Board of Trade, and Mr. A. M. Jackson for Captain W. J. Simpson, the master.  Mr. Saxelby, in opening the inquiry, said the Oxon, which was built at Sunderland in 1883,  was owned by Mr. H. Samman and others. Her registered tonnage was 924.14 tons.  She left Juppirk, near Soderhamn, on the 14th September last, with a crew of 19 hands, and a cargo of iron and deals for Hull. The weather was hazy, with a strong wind and roughish sea from N. E. The pilot left at 2.30 p.m., and the master was in charge on the bridge. At 3.30 p.m. the vessel suddenly took the ground upon what turned out to be the Storgrund shoal. The boats were got out but not launched and the crew remained on the ship until the evening of the 15th, when they were taken off by some fishermen and landed at Jungfrau Lighthouse. Evidence was then taken, and the inquiry was adjourned