THE EARL WEMYSS AND ARDENCAPLE COLLISION.
16 Persons l>rowne„
That was a most distressing collision between the two ships Earl Wemyss and the Ardeacaple. Both ships had just got the S.E. trades on September 8 in about 1 South., The trades were fresh. The Ardencafje was from Liverpool to Calcutta, and the Earl Wemyss was homeward bound. It was night-time, and the Ardcncaple crashed into the other ship and nearly cut her in two. Sixteen personson board lost their lives. The captain (Colquhoun) of the Earl Wemyss sang out "Men, look out for your lives," and with that turned to run aft to get out his wife and three children, and almost simultaneously his. eldest girl was running along the poop towards her disconsolate father; but before the father and child met the ship gave a heavy plunge and sank stern first. The surviving port of the crew of the Earl Wemyss were taken on board of Ardencapie and afterwards transferred to another ship, all but the captain and fhe mate. Tho forepeak of the Ardencapie was full of was full of water, and the' crew protested that if the bulkhead _avo way she would suddenly founder. The captain and mate, however, determined to stick to her, and t,hey succeeded in executing one of the most remarkable feats ever known in the history of navigation, namely, sailed that 1700-ton steel ship safely in Pernambuco three weeks afterwards. Referring to the courageous conduct of the master (Guthrie) and mate (Cameron) of the Ardencapie in sticking to the ship and bringing her safely into port, Admiral Sir G. Elliot, writingof the affair su^ests that " it would be a gracious act on tho"part of the Board of Adrairality to grant t,o Mr Guthrie a commission for the rank of commander* anci to Mr Cameron one for that of lieutenant, in Her Majesty's navy."
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Auckland Star, Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 306, 29 December 1888
THE EARL WEMYSS AND ARDENCAPLE COLLISION. Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 306, 29 December 1888
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