The Times, Thursday, Apr 17, 1788; pg. 3; Issue 1049; col C
Edinburgh, April 12. Sunday last Captain COOKE, of the Prince Edward revenue cruizer, sent into Whitehaven a large boat, laden with 130 ankers of foreign spirits, and 15 bales of tobacco, which he took that morning off End Fort a few miles to the westward.
The boat which had sailed from Whitehaven the day before, and had received these articles from a large cutter from France, was chased on shore and abandoned by the crew. Capt. COOKE after getting her off and manning
her, went in pursuit of the cutter. The success of this active officer is only equalled by his industry.
At Whitehaven of late, they have had frequent gales of wind; the most violent of which was between the hours of five and nine on Wednesday morning, when there was a prodigious heavy sea on the coast. The Bell, KAY, homeward bound, from Waterford, got embayed near Fleswick, about three miles westward of Whitehaven
harbour; and not being able to weather the point, was forced upon the rocks. Atthe first stroke, her mainmast went over-board, and the people with difficultyquitted her before she went entirely to pieces. The rocks, however, were the only refuse [sic] they were able to lay hold of. And, we are sorry to add, that, being exhausted with the fatigue and cold of the preceding night, two of them (Thomas GREENHOW, the mate, and Benjamin ROBINSON, a seaman) were carried away by the surf, and perished in the presence of eight of their companions, who were
unable to afford them the least assistance. The survivors remained on the rocks till near eleven o'clock; when the tide having ebbed, they got on shore, and were hospitably received and treated by Mr. MACCAA, the farmer at Sandwich outfield, a house lately erected by Henry LUTWIDGE, Esq. whose humanity and
tenderness deserve public notice. Part of the wreck, it is said, drove into the harbour at half-flood; but no particulars of this loss were known till the afternoon.