Exciting Chase of a Slaver.
Letters'received from the East Indies station give particulars of the narrow escape of some British seamen while attempting to capture a slave dhow crowded with slaves. The cruder Cossack, Commander John M. M'Quhae, arrived at Muscat on the Bth ult., and reported that on the previous merning she sighted a large slave dhow, whose movements were so suspicious that the Cossack stood m towards her with the intention of intercepting and boarding her. Seeing that she could not get away, the dhow turned towards the shore, and just north of Has Crumeila she "jumped " the reef that runs along the coast about a hundred yards from the shore, and anchored m the surf closein Then she commenced to land her human cargo as rapidly as possible, and seem* this the Cossack steamed m towards her "and anchoring some distance off m consequence of the dangerous nature of the ground ; she despatched a gig, manned and armed, m charge of Lieutenant Kavenhill. When the gig arrived within abouc a hundred yards of the dhow, the crew of the latter jumped overboard and running up the beach, took up positions behind a ridge of sand and opened a fire upon Lieutenant Ravenhill and his men. The bullets flew over the boat, fortunately without hitting any of the crew, and Lieutenant Ravenhill and two of his men returned the fire while the others pulled the gig out of range of the Arab's fire. Seeing that it was useless to attempt to board the dhow, on account of the heavy surf, the officer and his crew returned to the ship m the gig. Meanwhile the Cossack had been discharging her Hotchkiss gun at the Arabs, and when the gig had returned she opened fire with her sixrinch guns with such excellent effect that she set the dhow on fire and reduced her to a complete wreck. She was a large vessel, manned by a crew of over fifty Arabs, who were well armed with rifles, and the gig's crew owed their lives entirely to the fact that the Arabs were such watched marksmen. It is believed that the dhqw landed more than 100 slaves.—" Koyd's Weekly."
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Exciting Chase of a Slaver., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890
Exciting Chase of a Slaver. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890
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