WRECK OF AN ISLAND VESSEL
SHOCKING LOSS OP LIFE!. The Übont brig Paro has returned to Brisbane from a crulie In tbe Booth Seas. She brings 73 reccftttp, Tbe voyage laßted nearly four mootha. Oa tbe 25th February whilst the veasel was lying at anohorat one of tbe Islands m Banks Group Indication of a storm was noticed, and on tbe following day the captain pat to sea, when the brig fell m with a very heavy gale, whjoh lasted two days Tbe vessel laboured and strained herself a good deal ; the starboard boat was knocked out of the davits, and sevetal sails were also blown to shreds. After the huerloane had spent Itself tbe Paro sailed for Buaka Buaka. While there Information was given that tbe sohooner Northern Balle bad become a total wreok on that island. It appears that the storm the Pnro weathered was also experienced by the Nortbein Belle, wbloh was lying at anchor. The gale was first folt on the night of the 27th of February, when the wind suddenly changed to north-west, and, blowing with hurrfoane force, oiaied a heavy sea to run m, and although the vessel bad two anchors out she was gradually blown towards the shore. Early on tbe morning of tbe 28th February, tbe wind and sea both Increased, and the port, ottble parted, and the starboard anchor was not nearly sufficient to keep her out. At about 6 o'otook the eohooner struok on a coral reef with tremendous force, and almost Immediately foundered ia five fathoms of water. At that time there were fifty Mac den In additloa to the Oaptaln and crow aboard. When the roll was eallod, tt was found that 16 Islanders and four white men wore missing. Those who escaped with their lives were much oat and braised through being thrown agatrab the rocks. Oaptaiu Specce vho stuck to a portion of the resnel for nearly five hours alter she ■trnolr, had bis right arm' terribly lacerated. Tbe oaptaln of tbe Paro took the suivlvors on board and brought them to Brisbane.
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