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made to scuttle her ; but ere that could be accomplished she was burnt almost to the water's edge.
Her Majesty's steamer Onyx, wrecked at Ostend, continues, according to the latest accounts, stranded about 200 yards to the eastward of the pier; but hopes are entertained, should the weather moderate, of her getting off,
A WEST INDIAMAN LOST.
Since 11 o'clock on Sunday night, (Feb. 10th,) another violent gale from W.S.W. has visited London and its suburbs, and up to 10 o'clock on Monday night, continued with alarming force. The wind gauge at Lloyd's fully illustrated its fury, the pressure on the face attached to the apparatus on the summit of the Royal Exchange being, in the course of Monday evening, no less than from 12lb. to 131b., sufficient to excite no ordinary uneasiness for the safety of the shipping. As previously reported, many fatal wrecks happened even in the vicinity of the entrance of the river during the recent hurricane. We have now to add a more calamitous event, viz., the wreck of a fine West Indiaman, and, it is feared, the loss of all on board of her. On Tuesday, the Sarah, Bridges, master, bound from Jamaica for London, made the Margate-roads, and in the course of the forenoon was taken in tow by the Trinity steam-tug. As the day advanced the gale sprung up with a destructive fury unfortunately too well known. The ship and the tug laboured sorely, and between 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when running through the Prince's Channel, the towing bawser snapped asunder, and the ship got adrift. The tug immediately brought up, in the hope that the weather might moderate. The wind, however, continued to increase until it blew a perfect hurricane, and about midnight the steamer was driven from her anchorage. She lost cable and anchor, and was compelled to run for safety. The Sarah was then lost sight of, and from the tempestuous weather that prevailed during the following 24 hours, and the fact that nothing has been seen of her since, although she was right in the track of vessels trading to and from the river, coupled with the circumstance that a quantity of West India produce has been picked up in the vicinity of where she went adrift, as also pieces of wreck apparently of the same class of vessel, there is little doubt that she perished, with all hands. Several casks of rum have been seen floating about, and Mr. Cullum, the master of the General Steam Navigation Company's ship Soho, reports having passed part of the wreck of a ship, a quantity of cocoa nuts, and pimento casks, about a dozen miles to the eastward of the North Foreland, and consequently almost in the very place the Sarah is suspected to have been lost. Whether this wreck belonged to the Sarah or not, however, it is evident that a large ship was lost in the neighbourhood. At present the number of the crew has not been ascertained, nor whether there were any passengers on board.—Globe.
WRECK OF THE EMILY. We have been favoured with a copy of the “Bengal Hurkaru," of December 7th, from which we extract the following interesting particulars of the search for the survivors of the Emily (500 tons), wrecked on one of the Andaman Isles, the 1st of September last ; the particulars of which we have given at page 17.
To Major A. Bogle, Commissioner, T. P. Sir,- I have the honour to report the return to this place of the Honorable Company's steamer under my command, and also that the vessel will be again ready for sea after completing fuel; after, I regret to state, an unsuccessful search among the Andaman, and islands adjacent to the Andamans, for the missing portions of the crew of the late ship Emily. The particulars relative to the search are as undermentioned.
I further regret having to report that, on visiting the Northern Cocos, I found the then remaining settlers in great distress, one half their original number having fallen victims to fever, and the remainder, from the effects of that malady and starvation, in so reduced a state, as to be unable to leave their houses in quest of food. Under these circumstances, added to their imploring that I would take them from off the Island, I determined to call for them on my return from Interview Island. I sent them supplies with medical assistance from the surgeon and proceeded to the south.
Saturday, 20th October, 1849.–At 7 a.m., having completed coal, had steam up, cast off, and in accordance to an order No. 280 from Major Bogle, commissioner, proceeded with all despatch down the river, towards the Andaman Islands, in search of the missing portion of the crew of the wreck ship Emily, Mr. Anderson, late master of that vessel, on board by order.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 1849.—At daylight sighted the Northern Cocos, bearing s. w. Steered for the settlement on the N. end—called in, but could gain no information of the missing men; found the settlers in great distress, sent supplies and medical assistance, they imploring to be takeu from off the island; promised, if possible, I would call on my return and take them away. Proceeded to the south, close outside the western reef, along the edge of the breakers, examining the shore, with officers' look-out aloft, but no signs of either boat or people. Then proceeded to the South Cocos, and succeeded before dark in closely examining that island, in the same manner as above, with no success.
Proceeded under easy steam for the night, standing towards Landfall Island.
Wednesday, October 24th, 1849.-At daylight stood in and commenced examining Landfall Island, keeping as yesterday close to the breakers on edge of the reef, but saw nothing. Stood on and examined the N.W. coast of the Great Andamans; owing to the incorrect survey of this coast was obliged to have the cutters ahead, sounding on several parts of the coast; which added much to the anxiety, and also work of the crew. This Island appears thickly inhabited by a hostile people, as the natives came armed to the beach, watching our movements; at suuset recalled the boats ; no signs of boat or people being seen this day; stood off and on under easy steam for the night abreast of a long low point Saddle Mountain N. E. by E.
Thursday, October 25th, 1849.--At daylight continued the search, from the point of last night's bearing, proceeding as yesterday, sounding in the boats ahead :-8 a.m. commenced the northern end of Interview Island; natives coming to the beach, armed as on the other islands ; observed some with clothes on, supposed the same to have been stolen from the wreck, as these were the first seen with any one article of clothing on. Nine a.m. sighted the wreck, natives very numerous on the beach, all armed.-9-30 stood close in ; anchored ahead of the wreck. From the circumstance of the natives having all run into a jungle, and no one being seen on board feared the second officer, who was left on the wreck, had met with a violent death, which I am sorry to say was found to be the case on our boarding the vessel. Proceeded under cover of the steamer's guns, with the 1st and 2nd cutters armed, the former under charge of myself, and the latter that of Mr. Peche, 3rd officer ; taking with us Dr. Lawson, Mr. Anderson, and the European 1st and 2nd Engineers; prepared in case any of the natives should be concealed on board. Succeeded, after some difficulty from the breakers she was among, in getting on board, wheu to our horror we found lying on the deck the mangled remains of the late 2nd officer, (the surgeon's report on which is here attached,) the ship plundered of every moveable article, and everything denoting wilful destruction of property. After being on board but a few minutes, the look-out men reported the natives collecting and approaching the wreck, inside the reef, which she was then on; observed fires lit on the heights on the coast, wbich no doubt were beacons, as in an incredibly short space of time more than 200 had collected on the beach, all armed with spears, bows, &c.; and as others were fast approaching from all directions, with the main body moving towards the wreck, and judging from their gestures that their intentions were hostile, and an attempt would be made to cut our party off, as they had now neared us to a very short distance, and others were observed lurking among the rocks close to the wreck, thought it advisable to disperse so large a body; gave directions for Mr. Boon, Ist officer, to open fire on them from the steamer, which was done quickly and in good style. To show their daring, not a man would move among them on the first round, but on the second round coming quickly, and the shot falling fairly among them, a general yell was raised, and dropping their arms they took one and all to flight; our 24 and 9 pounders kept them at this pace for a long distance on the beach, and as may be supposed w were not again troubled by them. At sunset, having brought a few things from off the wreck, and having warned, in writing on several places on the wreck, any parties calling there, to beware of the natives, weighed and proceeded to the north, all regretting that we had been unsuccessful in our search. Midnight, cloudy.
We observed several fires on the island.
Friday, October 26th, 1849.-At daylight sighted the N. Cocos, bearing N.E. by N.; cloudy weather with much rain – 8.30 anchored off the N. end of the island, inside the Table and Slipper Island, and embarked the remaining settlers, consisting of twelve, whom we found much benefited by the aid rendered them on our former visit; and although many still too weak to be able to walk to the boats, 1.30 p.m. weighed and proceeded towards the Preparis Island ; thick cloudy weather, with much rain. The weather having no sign of clearing, and the fuel getting low, deemed it advisable to return to Amherst direct; knowing, also, that they would be safe if on the island, as ships pass close to it daily. Arrived at Amherst at sunset on the 28th.
In continuation of this report, I beg to point out the ready assistance at all times rendered by Mr. Anderson, whose anxiety for the missing portion of his crew was plainly shown, by his never leaving the look-out at the mast-head, in all weathers; and I enter into the same feeling of hope with him, in that, the boat and crew have most probably gone to sea and have been picked up by some passing ship, as we observed many openings in the reef where a boat could pass through in safety in any weather. I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
A. BROOKING, Commander. H. C. S. V. Proserpine, Oct. 29tlı, 1489 ; Moulmain.
Dr. Lawson's Statement. On proceeding on board the wreck of the ship Emily, found a dead body laying in the port waist, a little abaft the fire channels, and having the following marks and descriptions.
Body-European or Indo-Briton; in height, 5 ft. 6 in. to 7 in., small bones and apparently of a slender make; face and chin smooth, and no appearance of hair on either. Skull cap had been removed, in part, by a
heavy knife or adze, and completed by a saw; first blow had been given immediately above the left ear, and been followed by another blow, as the indentations of the weapon are shown on the edge of the bone; the completion of the removal of the skull-cap by a saw, is shown by the serrated edges of the bones, and seems as if the saw had been a blunt one, or the person using it unaccustomed to handle it. Nasal bones were smashed inwards, and seemingly by a blunt instrument. Left thigh-bone is broken about the lower thread and bone protrudes through the remaining integuments. Metacarpal bones of the left hand are likewise broken. Round right hand was wrapped a cotton bandage, and fingers held, but apparently did not grasp, a small piece of a barrel stave.
From the state of decomposition in which the body was laying, apparently being dead about one month, and the mass of rubbish thrown over the abdomen, I found it difficult to ascertain if there were any other wounds, but am inclined to think there were not; and to suppose, from the position in which the body was found, that he must have fallen, or been thrown from the mast-head, whither he may have gone for protection, and to make himself more visible seaward, and that these atrocities were committed upon the body after death. The effluvia arising from the dead body, and from decomposed matter (provisions), was so great on board, that we could not have remained unless disinfectants had been liberally used.
W. S. Lawson, M.D., Surgeon, H. C. S. Proserpine.
PORT OF WISBEACH SAILORS' SOCIETY, [We have received the following interesting details from the Rev. W. Holmes, Treasurer of the Wisbeach Auxiliary, which we have much pleasure in laying before our readers :-)
The anniversary services of this flourishing institution were held on Lord's day, 10th, and Monday, 11th of February. Three excellent discourses were preached by Rev. T. C. Finch, the deputation of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, at the Baptist, the Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Chapels. Rev. W. Howchin, the Primitive Methodist Superintendent, delivered a judicious and appropriate discourse in the evening, at the Independent Chapel, on behalf of the seamen's cause. The chapels were all of them well filled, and the collections good.
On Monday afternoon, upwards of 150 of the friends took tea together, at the Girls' British School-room, several individuals contributing liberally to the supply of the tables, that a greater amount of the proceeds might replenish the funds of the Society. The arrangements for the tea were excellent. Short addresses were delivered, which enlivened the meeting. Two sailors were present who in very recent shipwrecks had been mercifully preserved. The Rev. T. C. Finch offered up at the throne of grace solemn thanksgivings on their behalf, and the hymn,
“Why those fears ? behold, 'tis Jesus,” led off by the sailors present, was sung with great animation. After returning thanks to the ladies who had kindly made tea, the company retired to the lecture-hall (late theatre), in which the annual meeting of subscribers was held, and which was crowded to excess.
The excellent President of the Society, Captain Schultz, R.N., took the chair. The meeting having been opened by singing and prayer, the president, after a short and appropriate address, called upon the treasurer to give a brief financial statement and some account of the operations of the past year. The following short and succinct report, drawn up by the committee, and previously printed and placed in the hands of the subscribers, was read :
“REPORT. “The Committee of The Wisbeach Sailors' Society' have much satisfaction in announcing to its friends and supporters, that the object they have for some time had in view of sustaining a Sailors' Missionary, whose whole time and energies should be devoted to the moral and religious welfare of the sailors of this port, has been happily realised to a good extent, in the success that has crowned their efforts during the past year. Our sailors and watermen have been cared for; their temporal and spiritual necessities have been ministered unto; your missionary has been sustained in his prudent and welldirected efforts ; your Bethel Chapel has been well attended ; and the important work of promoting the highest interests of the objects of your solicitude has been crowned with the blessing of leaven.
“ The committee cannot forbear the expression of their grateful feeling to the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood for the truly liberal and encouraging response made to their urgent appeal during the past year. By the continuation of the same generous feeling, your committee cannot doubt that the Wisbeach Sailors' Society will eventually be placed upon a permanent basis, and prove an unspeakable blessing to this port and its marine population.
* The number of vessels visited by your missionary during the past year amounts to 183. Three interesting religious services have been held on shipboard, and 257 on shore, at which nearly 1800 sailors have been present, Bibles and Testaments sold to sailors, twenty-six; and about 1000 tracts and other serious and moral publications have been distributed. Sixty-two sailors who were sick, and fifty-three watermen, have been visited, and had religious consolation afforded by your esteemed and devoted missionary: The families of our sailors residing in the port have had 140 visits paid to them.
“Relying upon the continued support of so many friends interested in the welfare of our commerce, and with a view of meeting the new circumstances under which the shipowner and merchant are placed, your committee are taking measures to provide for the nautical education of the young sailor, and, as far as lies in their power, to inculcate habits of temperance and forethought."
The treasurer further stated, that to meet the deficiencies of the year 1848 the town since the last annual meeting had been divided into districts, and actively canvassed, with a view to the extinction of the debt incurred, and obtaining a larger and permanent income. The result of this effort was highly satisfactory; the liabilities of the Society bad all of them been met, and the list of annual subscribers and donors enlarged to the number of 125. The total amount raised was £92.
The greatly increased attendance at the Bethel Chapel had, however, rendered it necessary to provide a greater number of sittings, and more suitable accommodation for the hearers, which, together with some other incidental expenses, had involved an outlay of £13, which it was confidently believed would be liquidated by the proceeds of this anniversary, leaving a good surplus in the hands of the treasurer, to assist in meeting the exigencies of the current year. Indeed, the goodly vessel of the Society, after encountering many difficulties, appeared to be now fairly afloat, suitably manned and well provisioned, and having a fair prospect, in humble dependence of the favouring breezes of heaven, of making a prosperous voyage through the year which has so recently and auspiciously opened upon us.
At the call of the President, the Rev. Ť. Č. Finch, the representative of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, gave an ample and cheering account of its operations, and the efforts now making by its committee to raise the intellectual character, and improve the nautical knowledge and skill of the