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Wreck of a Timber Ship

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Lyveijcak.gili,, Ajjril 15. An inquest wag held to.-day on the body of John Brownrigg, mate of'the wrecked barque Emilie, who died in the Hospital shortly after admission, from gangrene of the limbs and exhaustion. Charles Cummings, one of the survivors, deposed that when the vessel left the Bluff he and the others of the crew knew slip was not fit for sea. They had no canvas that would stand any sort of a breeze, and the standing rigging was* in a bad Condition, the bolts in the topsides being loose, as if the wood round them was decayed. The bolts that fastened the decks to the beams were nearly all eaten away by rust. Several of the crew told people at the Bluff tljat the ship would never reach Pprt Pirie if jt met rough weather. The captain told" Cummings and i others who joined at the Bluff to take a look at the vessel for a day before signing articles. They said they would not dis : appoint him, and joined the ship. They spoke to the constable at the Bluff about the ship's condition, but made no official complaint, Those of the crew who had been in the barque before told him she had five feet of water in the hold" when she went into dry dock at Melbourne, and that on the voyage from San Francisco they were at the pumps day and night. Had tlie vessel been sqund the disaster would not have happened, the. gale not being anything serious, and had the canvas not been rotten they could have weathered the breeze by running before the wind? Mr J. G. Ward, who chartered the vessel, at this stagjs informed the Coroner that a Nautical Enquiry would bs held into the wreck and the examination of Oummings ceased. It transpired that Brownrigg was a native di Canada, aged fifty-six, and had two children, resident in Upper Stanley street, Liverpool.

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Wreck of a Timber Ship, Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3402, 16 April 1890

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Wreck of a Timber Ship Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3402, 16 April 1890

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