LOOK BACK IN TIME: 4th February 1888

The Isle of Wight Observer published on 4th February, 1888 recounts a story about a stable boy who goes to great lengths to rescue two horses, and gives details about a ship sinking off the Island’s south coast.

A feat such as that performed by a stable boy and two thoroughbred horses is decidedly singular. The horses, between Portsmouth and Ryde, broke away from the boy’s care, and swam out to sea a mile. They were overtaken, however, by a boat, and then the plucky lad jumped on the back of one and got fast hold of the bridle of the other. Under his guidance both horses returned safe to land. That boy is of the right sort; he will do something bigger than lead horses. – Court Journal

THE RECENT WRECK – The hull of the wrecked Norwegian three-masted brigatine Kongeek Holmestrand, which came ashore at the Blackgang Chine on the night of the 20th January, floated off on the flood tide on Saturday night, and came up Channel, a short distance off the shore as far as Steephill Cove. Several fishermen of the Cove put off in their boats and towed the wreck until it grounded in Pelham Bay, when seeing they could not secure it, they cut adrift the masts and brought them ashore. Subsequently the wreck was carried out to sea by the tide, the efforts of the fishermen to keep it back without avail. The vessel, which has one side carried away, was on her beam ends, very much down in the bow, which was entirely submerged.