Captain William Hutchison (1793-1881)

Captain William Hutchison (1793-1881), from County Kildare, first harbour master of Kingstown, who also acted as coxswain of the lifeboat.

On 14 August 1829 the brig Iron Duke was driven ashore in an easterly gale at Sandycove.  The Sandycove lifeboat with Hutchison three coastguards and nine others saved all eleven from the wreck, for which Hutchinson was awarded the RNLI Gold Medal in recognition of his bravery. 

Hutchison survived the wreck of the Sandycove lifeboat at Sandycove on 28-12-1821. Four of the crew were drowned when it was upset.  They were going to the assistance of the Ellen of Liverpool which was driven ashore and her crew saved.

  • Born 1793 died 1881
  • Ex Lieutenant in RN
  • Inspector of Bulloch Quarries
  • Pilot Master Port  of Dublin
  • First Harbourmaster Kingstown 1817-1874
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Described as captain in 1873
  • H.A Gilligan Dublin Historical Record, 33, 2, March 1980  (Talk given to Old Dublin Society 31-1-1979)
  • John De Courcey Ireland, History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, De Burca Books 2001.
  • Barry Cox, Lifeboat gallantry. Spink 1998

Reproduced with permission from the National Maritime Museum.

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