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Fourteen Days in an Open Boat at Sea.

A mariner named Banchc, of Putrnitnear St Malo, gives the following narra tive of his perils and suffering in the tropical seas. He and a cabin boy of the brig Mafchijde, to which they belonged, were taking across to her, in n bout, a fcub of wine front St Pierre in the French Went Indies, off which tho brig }ny. ~V Jf-iul breeze suddenly .swept down from the mountain near by and sent the boat scudding out into thu Atlantic. On tilts second day they lost sight of land *ud the boy went crnzy from terror. He fell into a lethargy on the third day. In the short interval* of consciousness he called to his mother, who was a widow, andtiiod to keep on his knee:; to pray, jganche, whenvthj^ were five days out to

sea, stove in the wine tub to slake his thirst. They lapped up the wine with their hands, but the salt water got into the barrel and spoiled all. Clouds gathered and there was a violent rainfall, which was a great relief to their parched skins, but there wan nothing to catch the rain water, their caps having been blown away, Blanche thought of taking off his trousers j and tying up the ends with handkerchiefs. 1 He then held them open, and such was the downpour that they were pretty well filled. On the seventh day the boy died. At first Blanche could not bring himself to cast the body into the sea, eight sharks being on the watch to devour it, but the sun being hot and the putrefaction rapid, he had at last to throw it out, and saw it torn to pieces and swallowed in an instant. His sufferings were such that he determined to end them by drowing himself. However the sight of the sharks made him recoil each time that he went to jump out of the boat, round which they sp»rted. One day he felt very weak and sank down, and must have drifced a couple of days in a state of utter insensibility, from which he was aroused on board a Norwegian barque, the Waldemar, which picked him up on the fourteenth day, and took him to New Orleans. The Mathilde to which he belonged, was since his adventure wrecked off Newfoundland, where the crow was saved by an Englisli vessel

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Fourteen Days in an Open Boat at Sea., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2482, 4 August 1890

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Fourteen Days in an Open Boat at Sea. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2482, 4 August 1890

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