Wales to Barnstaple.
A melancholy accident occurred in Barnstaple Bay on Thursday se'nnight which has plunged their families into the deepest
distress. The sloop BETSEY was discovered on Wednesday afternoon in the Bay, in distress, when a boat from Appledore
went to render her assistance, but in the violence of the surge, was unable to reach her. When the BETSEY
endeavoured to cross the Bar, she capsized, and the master, his brother and a man named Shaddick, all unfortunately
persihed. The hull of the vessel was driven in at Appledore the succeeding tide.
As a result of this tragedy, the North Devon Humane Society was formed under the patronage of Lord Rolle, a new boathouse
was built at Watertown, and another lifeboat ordered from the RNLI.