Transcribed from the Belfast Newsletter of
28 Nov 1794.
Account of the looting of a guinea ship stranded at
Annalong. She was the Surprise of Liverpool. The
country people assembled in thousands in an hour
and did not leave a mast or piece of rigging standing.
Mr. Moore, a neighbouring J.P. attended by a seargeant,
corporal and 12 men went down that evening from Rostrevor
and found the people busy plundering. Upon their
refusal to desist he ordered the party to fire. One
man was shot through the shoulder another was stabbed in
the belly and has since died. The magistrate was obliged
to withdraw his troops and retire to Kilkeel.