Orkney Herald - 9 March 1881 - Wreck at Cava and Loss of Life

Stromness, Monday night – The severe gale which began on Thursday afternoon has been of unusual duration. The John O Groat, which returned from Scapa with members of the Musical Association on Friday morning, did not leave here till this morning, and has returned tonight without south mails, the line being blocked by snow. 

Five men of the Brig Henrietta, which went ashore on the island of Cava on Friday evening, arrived here this morning. They report that the captain was washed overboard and drowned when off the Pentland Skerries. The mate was also washed overboard, but the next sea miraculously swept him back on board the vessel. The brig was rendered unmanageable by the gale, and was driven ashore on the south-west end of Cava, where she sank, the crew saving themselves in their own boat. The Henrietta was coal laden from Shields to Kingston. The top of the hull may be seen at low water.

  • Date lost: 1881
  • Location: Cava