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Heroic Rescue in MidOcean.

The Ounard linfti* Q,alli<! brings news of the rescue of eighteen mariners in t,he North Atlantic by Captain Munro, of the British steamship Stag, on December 29th, Avhile on a voyage from Shields to Now York. The sinking ship Avas the old American clipper-built ship Shakespeare, and the %iv.\v had already been left to their fale by one passenger steamer, and had abandoned all hope. Captain Munro in his account says that the wind was blowing at hurricane force, and his ship was n-jjkjng its way through big seas, when the vessefwas segn through a veil of hail and rain. He made'for the vorhol, and found it was a dismasted ship, with the crew waving and shouting in a frenzy of! despaiv. fJq continues—'' At that time it was 1 blowing a frightfui hurricane, and a boat could not have lived a moment in tlifj, seas. Shortly after a heavy snow S'iuaJJ shut out the fast sinking ship, and aft tWt tUy and night the vessel was obscured, but "every once; iij a while we could see the flash of lights and i-;ockgt(3, telling us where they were. All that jfi^'ht we sailed about the ship. After hours of »ri}ij;]ess endeavor the snow squall suddenly ceased, the mkt cleared away, and disclosed the ship to ou'v vltsw, S!je 3&'ijs almost level with the water. The sea was frighlfjjjjy high, but I knew that the crew's safety depended on }VJ promptness. I ordered away the port quarter boat <ml]pd for volunteers to man it. Everyone of any crew fco /i man instantly responded. Second-officer Noel and four of my ablest seanjgn manned the first boat and r^wed to the rescue. On account of the heavy eca the boat could not get within' 50ft of jbhe sinking ship. Then Ihos^ an the ship threw my men ft line. I shouted to everyone to put a lifebelt on ? and jump into the %en, and then, with the aid Of the rope, pull themselves through. Owjng to the sea my lifeboat could only rescue iiye men the first time, and it made four successive trips, each of the men having first to iii&p into the sea, and then with the aid of wjetin^ attacked to the ship, swim towards' the lifeboat.'' On J,h& Jast two trips a fresh crew of volunteers^ in'pUarue of Fjr^t-Omcer William Hanson went t° the wreck. /She rescued men were weak and exhausted from fatigue and exposure and were one mass of bruises' and' sores. j Thjty Ji.iid been tossing about the Atlantic for "ntjaity jf.Jii-p.e jnonths, having left Hamburg on October 34, Their ship was dismasted in a gale on December- 17, in which she also sprang a leak. For .four dayn awl nights, amid frightful hurricanes, the big sea eonfeta: !^- '■■ ' -^---.-v-r them, the brave crew ■■;>■-."■!■•■. "■ ■ ■: at the pumps, in a hopeless endeavour to I^sp their ship afloat-, Captain Mullar died from heart disease on December 16, and just as a big sea swept his ship, on the following day, hurling the mizzonmast' with part of the mainmast to the deck, his body was buried in the sea.

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Heroic Rescue in Mid-Oeean., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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Heroic Rescue in Mid-Oeean. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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