Steve & Pauline Jones’ Family History

Transcript from the Norfolk Chronicle 11th July 1874, reporting the boating accident in which Emily Ballard nee Cochrane drowned.


Fatal Boating Accident – A boating accident, by which one person was drowned, and others owe their lives to the providential rescue afforded by those near at hand, occurred on Breydon water, on Wednesday afternoon. It appears that about half-past three o’clock a pleasure boat in which were five persons, two men and two women and an infant child of the deceased woman, was proceeding up the river, when when by some means they got into dangerous proximity to a wherry called the Waveney, of Bungay. The Wherry being to the windward was seen to be bearing down upon them, when as far as can be ascertained the persons in charge of the boat lost their presence of mind, and instead of pulling her away, as directed by the wherryman, they got over to the side farthest away from the wherry, and capsized. The two men named, Cochrane and Bellent [sic] visitors from London, managed to get out of the water, being picked up by Mr Preston’s yacht lying at hand, and a woman named Mrs Martins, living in Jury-street, the wife of a late member of the Borough Police Force, with whom the party wre lodging, was also picked up, somewhat exhausted, by the Rev. G. W. Kenuion, of Hull, a gentleman now staying at the Royal Hotel. The other woman, however, the wife of Mr Bellent, was not got out of the water till several minutes afterwards, when her body was recovered by two men who were near. She was conveyed to Parmenter’s bowling-green, close at hand, apparently drowned, although it is believed that if those who had charge of her had been aware of the proper treatment to adopt she might have been brought round, but this was not done until Mr Stafford, surgeon, had arrived. It was not absolutely certain then that life was extinct, but all his efforts to restore consciousness were unavailing. The woman was 22 years of age, and was the mother of a baby eight weeks old, which was, happily, rescued before it was drowned. The body of the unfortunate woman lies at the inn attached to the bowling-green, where the inquest will be held this (Friday) afternoon.


Transcript from "The Essex Standard, West Suffolk Gazette, and Eastern Counties' Advertiser" 24th July 1874.

YARMOUTH. The inquest on the body of the young woman named Emily Ballard, 21 years of age, who was drowned on Breydon Water on the 8th inst., before Mr W. Holt, the Borough Coroner, when a verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.