The Storm King.
The Australian papers contain details of the remarkable voyage of Captain Jorgenson and his mate, Johann Nilsson, m the lifeboat Storm King, from London to Albany. The men received a hearty welcome on their arrival at the latter port. Besides themselves .the only other living things on board were two cockroaches, " which," we aie told, " the captain did not Hke to kill." The Storm King is 30f fc long, 4ft 6in deep, and Bft m beam. She is constructed of steel, m three parts, each part m itself a life-saving apparatus with double bottom, and between keels are fresh water tanks, and she is guaranteed to carry 100 people with provisions for a fortnight. She is lugger rigged, and steered affcer the manner of a gig. The vessel is decked, and cannot ship water. From the particulars of the voyage given m the " Melbourne Age" we learn that she left London on 12bh September, and occupied 18 days to Madeira, experiencing good weather, except m the Bay of Biscay, .where a strong gale and heavy sea were encountered. Good weather was then carried after leaving Madeira, though they had some thunderstorms m fche Doldrums, where they had a miserable time, it being 14 days before they got the trade winds. Captain Jorgenson then made for Pernambuco, on the East coast of South America. After a short stay there they sailed for the Cape, which was reached after an uneventful voyage of three months. Just outside Capetown, however, where they knocked about for a month, they experienced a heavy south-east; gale. Eventually they reached Robin Island, where they anchored, but the storm drove them 100 miles to sea. ■ This proved a great hardship, owing to their having no tobacco, though their provisions were ample. They returned to Robin Island, and were towed to Capetown, where they remained six weeks. The Storm King attracted great attention, being visited by the Governor, Sir H. Loch, and all the leading citizens. So ended what may be termed the first half of this singular vogage. It was alter leaving the Cape that Capt. Jorgensen met with his most striking adventure, We continue to quote from our Melbourne contemporary :—The two intrepid voyagers left Table Bay on 13th March for Australia, and seventy-five days were occupied m the voyage to Albany. The first fourteen (fays from the Cape they had bad weather, from heavy south-east gales. They met a ship, which hove down and spoke to Captain Jorgenson. Afterwards they had a narrow escape. On a beautifnl evening the Storm King struck a sleeping whale, which was desperately frightened. The whale spouted heavily, plunged all about, and the water tossed into the vessel. More than once the whale almost struck the vessel, and Captain Jorgensen considers he had a wonderfully narrow escape. Afterward they had a somewhat exciting time, when passing through cyclones, m which the Storm King behaved splendidly. They had several gales and rough weather off Cape Lemvin, Though the Storm King was never m danger, and they had provisions enough for three months, longer, Captain Jorgenson admits —and we can readily believe him—that they were glad to reach Albany. Three weeks previously their chronometer stopped, and they had to make rough calculations of the time. Captain Jorgenson and Mr, Nilsson took watches of four hours until six weeks ago when they changed to six hours. At Cape Town Captain Jorgenson received two packages of mails for Adelaide. The voyage has certainly justified Captain Jorgenaen's contention that his life-boat is practically unsinkable. He also doubts whether it can be capsized, although he admits that she '' knocks about a good deal m a storm." No doubt there are more comfortable ivay.s of making a long ocean voyage, but the safety of the craft for life-preserving purposes seems to be demonstrated beyond question,
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The Storm King., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890
The Storm King. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890
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