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A Fever-Stricken Schooner.

A pitiable tale of suffering and heroism Jias been made public on the arrival of the German schooner Johanna, from Mauritius, with sugar. Fever broke out ,o» board when the vessel was only a few •days out, and during the latter part of her voyage she was worked and navigated solely by the chief officer, Herman Heyen, and Mrs Meinders /widow of the captain) ; the captain had ilied from the fever before reaching this ■(part The first to fall ill was the chief ..officer. This was on the 9th April. He was confined to bed for seven days, and hw not since fully recovered strength. (On the 10th, fou* sailors were laid up with Mauritius fever, and the mate, finding that the working of the vessel was becoming inefficient owing to the shortness of hands, turned to when he found himself better. As soon, however, as he com-, inenced to work the exertion brought on the disease again. This peculiarity was manifest throughout. The captain himself was the next to be attacked. { The only persons on board m good health m the second week m May were Mrs Meinders and her child. As the water ■was gaining on the vessel the mate and ■JSilrs Meinders, working together, were <eott)pelled to rig a tackle m heavy sea and jeWwn a great part of the cargo. Mrs Meander* also took turns at the pumps, wiving some little attention to the sick men and hew child, but not much, and then, after the woh died on the Ist May, she had to prepare the food. She also steered, frequently taking 12-hour turns the wheel. The most pitiful thing of ali was the burial of the dead at sea, which the sick mate had to undertake single-banded while Mrs Meinders kept the wheel. Strange to say, m all the voyage not a sighjt of a passing sail or the smoke of a .steamer was seen. lhe Johanna on making Western Australia put m at Fremantle, wh.ero, after a spell, the captain seeiwsd to recov,ei> Shipping fresh hands, they sailed again for Melbourne, but the captain had a relapse and died, having to be buried at sea. The ■State of mind of his wife when she arrived m Melbourne may be imagined. I'be German consul is raising tv fund, which is being well subscribed to, to make Mrs Meinders and the mate some recognition of their brave conduct.—Melbourne .correspondent O.T),T,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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A Fever-Stricken Schooner. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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