Albert James Croskery
|Birth:||14 July 1840, Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland|
|Death:||17January 1865, Bretagne, France|
Charlotte Wallace Brown
|Siblings:||Alexander Brown Croskery (10 March 1838 – 3 April 1897)|
Albert James Croskery (14 July 1840 – 17January 1865)
Samuel Maxwell West Croskery (1847 – 1933)
January 1865 He died in a shipwreck of the "Columbian" off Ushant, Brittany, France, an island in the English Channel.
"Mr CROSKERRY joined in October or November 1863, as 2nd officer. Witness had subsequently watched his course closely, and recommended him to pass as 1st master, and having done so he was put on board the COLOMBIAN. Not only from what the witness had seen, but, from the reports, he had every reason to believe that CROSKERRY was a perfectly efficient officer. He had a master's certificate. The other officers had good recommendations."
"The captain took an observation and said the ship was near Ushant, the vessel was then driving in shore, and in a short time struck on the rocks, she drifted off again and half an hour afterwards went down. When the ship was going down the captain came to the lobby, and witness assisted him off with his boots, the captain went to his room as the ship was sinking, he was not sober then. After the captain's boots were taken off he slipped on the deck, and did not appear to make any effort to save himself, he could not, the man was completely gone. The ship went down sucking all hands with her except the witness and two men, they got on to a pigstye and were afterwards picked up by the pilot boat."
- Wreck of the Colombian 1865, in Old Mersey Times. http://www.old-merseytimes.co.uk/colombian1865.html