Late in the morning, the smack Gem of Dublin, entered Sinclair Bay and her crew dropped anchor, having decided to seek shelter there from the southerly gale that was blowing. At about tea time however, the wind backed to NNE whipping up extremely heavy seas in the bay. The crew of the Gem raised their anchor and attempted to sail out of the bay, but were forced back by the storm. The Ackergill Lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain William Thain, was launched at 8.45pm and after a long hard struggle rescued the four men from the Gem. Conditions were too severe for the lifeboat to be able to return to her station against the wind and the tide and so she was beached in a creek some distance to the north, where all the men were landed safely, the lifeboat being left there until the storm abated the following day.