Finns Leinster Journal 13th February, 1771 p.1
Galway, Feb 4.
Last Wednesday and Thursday were so prodigious a storm that the spring tides on those days swelled so high as to overflow the Quay and parts adjacent. In several houses in the neighbourhood, the water was above three feet high; but on Thursday a circumstance happened which much surprised all that observed it, as the like was never perceived here before. Whilst it was flowing, the tide, as if by some violent emotion, was twice within the space of an hour, suddenly raised above its usual height, and as suddenly subsided, which made many think there had been an earthquake.
A sloop, said to be from Limerick, bound for Rotterdam with butter, has been for some days past in the Bay of Kinvarra, opposite this coast, her name or the master’s name not intimated; but it is said she has lost her rudder and is otherwise damaged by the tempestuous weather.