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R. L. STEVENSON'S YACHT.

A THRILLING VOYAGE

A new chapter in the long list of sea thrills and adventures that liaye. surrounded the schooner Casco' since Robert Louis Stevenson chartered the tiny craft to cruise the South Seas 30 years ago was compliet-ed when the yes-' sel arrived at San Francisco.with all hands manning the pumps to keep the flush hull from sinking. The adventure ship came from Suva, and for the last 44 days of the voyage :Captain Percy E. .Troup and his crew of five, including the cook and the bride of the skipper, had never left the pumps for a moment. The water had poured into the vessel so fast that the relinquis'hment of pumping for a single hour would have resulted in the, sink-, ing of the old craft. Captain Troup married Miss Flora -Goellner, of Tacoma, on Jr.iy L .'£ ■■• last;:, and five days ■•later"..took his' bride on board the Casco at Astoria. They started on a trading cruise to the same port of the South Seas whore Steven--son found inspirations When Suva was only a week away all bauds decided to catch a few fish. A huge nine-foot man-eating shark > swallowed the bride's bait, and the pnll resulted in her faffing overboard. '. •.■'■■, ; Her husband, standing near the ga.l- ---; ley, seized a knife and jumped in. He first rescued his wife and then despatched the shark, which was pulted aboard. Twenty of the teeth were removed and cured, and later, at Suva, a jeweller mounted them into the bride's necklace. . The vessel then started for San Francisco, and all went well until two weeks had elapsed, when the seams began to open up. . Two hands stood at the pumps day and night.'"-Then a terrific gale struck the Casco, and, in addition to the pumping, the sails hud to be handled many times. ■ Sails were lost and booms began to break. The pumps stood idle, as the crew "minded ship," but the bride persuaded the cook to help her, and the two pumped,away for 12 hours while the gale raged. . When Captain E. E. ■Frazier, one.of. the San Francisco bar pilots, came on board: all hands were exhausted. Anchored off Meiggs wharf, the old hnil decided that the crew had worked enough, the seams seemed to close up, and it was not necessary to pump any more. The cook said: "The lads were becoming discouraged, but Mrs Troup and I kept them in good humour. I played the harmonica- and the little girl sang. Then they would all join and forget they were tired, and ready to quit.- 3' ■ • It is nearly 25 years since the Casco last called at San Francisco. After Stevenson surrendered his charter the vessel went north and became sealer. It was rumoured she figured in smuggling operations, and was confiscated by the Canadian . Government for poaching seats. , i :

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R. L. STEVENSON'S YACHT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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R. L. STEVENSON'S YACHT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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