Ship Burnt By Lightning.
The Luna Nueva sailed from Antwerp on the ist July, 1880, bound to Havanna, with a general cargo. On the 16th, when some fourteen miles south of Beachy Head, during a dreadful thunderstorm, her foremast was struck by lightning, and the electric fluid set fire to the cargo, among which was a large quantity of spirit. The crew had immediately to take to the boats. The steamer Glencoe, bound for Malta, hove in sight, and immediately sent a boat, and the burnt out crew were taken on board the steamer, where they received the greatest kindness. On the same day the steam tug Victor, of London, landed them at Newhaven,
and towed the vessel on the beach, where she sank in shallow water, the flames bursting to an immense height.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 167, 15 October 1880
Ship Burnt By Lightning. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 167, 15 October 1880
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