1819 - Visit by Grand Duke Maximilian of Austria
4th January. The Grand Duke Maximilian of Austria, and his suite, visited the Rope-house. When one of the suite, a Count Hardigg, placed his hand on the fibres being twisted while looking in another direction his hand was drawn in. An instant shout to stop the machine was promptly obeyed. His fingers were crushed, the back of his hand was torn up and his shoulder was strained.
The Duke gave £60 to be distributed to the workmen of the Dockyard, and put £17 into the charity boxes, for the widows of men who had lost their lives by accident while employed in the dockyard.