Ice Hail Like Duck Eggs.
From Melbourne, news comes that the ship Loch Ryan, which recently arrived there from Glasgow, crossed the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope on the 28th of June, and next day some extraordinary weather was encountered. The glass, which was steady at 3010, gave no forewarning that mischief was brewing, and the wind all day had been light and variable. The night set mas black as pitch, and one of the heaviest thunderstorms ever met with burst over tha ship. The lightning was something awful and tfee thunder terrific. The wind kept flying about m all directions m puffs and squalls, and there were frequent showers of hail. At 4 o'clock next morning a ahower of hail, or rather pieces of ice fell, and for the space of five minutes while it lasted no one could appear on deck. Some of the pieces are alleged to have been the size of a small tumbler or duck's egg, and the clatter they made m descent was like the sound of a smart fire of a mitrailleuse. The sea at the time was calm. At 4.30 a.m. the main royal pole and truck were struck by lightning and broken m pieces. When the cyclone had expended its fury the wind set m from the north, shifting round to N.W., and increasing to a heavy gale, which brought up a high sea. This lasted for 45 hours, and the ship ran under her top-sails and foresail.
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Ice Hail Like Duck Eggs., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890
Ice Hail Like Duck Eggs. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890
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