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THE MARLBOROUGH., Auckland Star, Volume LIV, Issue 281, 24 November 1923
LOST WITH ALL HANDS. A REMARKABLE STORY. (By HENRY BRETT.) LXV. And she is gone, the ship! his last com-ma-id 1 "Whereon remembrance, tantalising, falls Like shadows from her sails. No use to search , The world's reef-ridges for her rusting ribs; Her wreckage strewed no coastline; homeward hound! Sbe mustered on the roll of missins ships. And bore her famous English soldier's name To grace the gallery in Neptune's Halls. And greybeards wagged their heads and talked of ice! Of berg and floe! of fire! of broachlng-to! But my beart whispered, "No. 'twas none of these! 'Twas love of sflln that wrought the vessel's doom.** From "Shadows of Sails." by John Anderson, a relative of Capt. Hird. The actual fate of this beautiful ship will never be known. After making fourteen rapid and successful passages to Xew Zealand she sailed from Lyttelton for London on January 11, 1890, with a cargo, comprised of frozen meat and wool. She had a crew of twenty-nine men, and one passenger. The Marlborough was a handsome ship of 1124 tons, and was built by Robert Duncan, of Glasgow, and launched in June, 1876, for her owner, Mr. J. Leslie, who subsequently sold her to the Shaw, Savill Co. Captain Anderson commanded the ship from 1870 until 1883, making some remarkable runs to Lyttelton and Dunedin. He also made several rapid passages Home, on one occasion, in 1880, being credited with covering the distance from Lyttelton to the Lizard in 71 days. In 1884 Captain Anderson was succeeded by Captain W. Hird, and he was in the ship when she was missing on her homeward journey in 1890. As already stated, the ship sailed from Lyttelton on January 11. Two days later she was
THE CAN' spoken by a passing vessel, and she was I never heard of afterwards. One of the cadets on board was young Crombie, a I stepson of Captain William Ashby, so' well known in Auckland. The ship was eventually posted at Lloyds as "missing," and the general opinion was that she had been sunk by icebergs. .______, The Marlborough Mystery. """"''* After the ship had been missing for over twenty years a remarkable story was published" in fl, Glasgow paper in 1919. According to this report, the Marlborough had been discovered near Cape Horn with the skeletons of her crew on board. This is the story as it appeared:— "It is stated that the crew of a passing ship in 1891 saw men, whom they believed to be British seamen, signalling off one of the islands near Cape Horn, but it was not possible to get near them owing to the bad weather. "Further details of the discovery of the missing ship come via London. It appears that some considerable time back the sad truth was learned by a British vessel bound Home from Lytelton after rounding Cape Horn. The story told by the captain is intensely dramatic. He says: 'We were off the rocky coves near Punta Arenas, keeping near' the land for shelter. The coves are deep and silent, the sailing is difficult and dangerous. It was a weirdly wild evening, with the red orb of the sun setting on the horizon. The stillness was uncanny. There was * shining green light reflected on the jagged rocks on our right. We rounded a point into a deep cleft rock. Before us, a mile or more across the water, stood a sailing .vessel, with the barest shreds of canvas fluttering in the breeze. We signalled and hoveto. No answer came. We searched the "stranger" with our glasses. Not a soul could we see; not a movement of any sort. Masts and yards were picked out in green—the green of decay. The vessel lay as if in a cradle. It recalled the "Frozen Pirate," a novel that I read years ago. I conjured up the vessel of the novel, with her rakish masts and the outline of her six small cannon traced with snow. At last we came up. There was no sign of life on board. After an interval our first mate, with a number of the crew, boarded her. The sight that met their gaze was thrilling. Below the wheel lay the skeleton of a man. Treading warily on the rotten decks, which cracked and broke in places as they walked, they encountered three skeletons in the hatchway. In the mess-room were the remains of ten bodies, and six others were found, one alone, possibly the captain, on tlie bridge. There was an uncanny stillness around, and a dank smell of mould which made the flesh, creep. A few remnants of books wejc discovered in the captain's cabin, and ;■ rusty cutlass. Xothing more weird in the history of the sea can ever have \eeti seen. The first mate examined th. still faint letters on the bow. and after much trouble read 'Marlborough, Glasgow. The ship Dunedin. another fine vessel, sailed from Oamaru a few weeks after the Marlborough, and was also posted as missing. Below follow the record of outward passages made by the Marlborough: — TO WELLINGTON. Sailed. I Arrived, j Captain. Days. Aug. 22 j Nov. 20, *_7 j Hird 30
FAST CRAFT OF THE '70S. The Canterbury, a beautiful clipper ship of 1242 tons, built in 1874 for Patrick Henderson by Robert Duncan, sailed the seas for many years, and during the 'seventies and "eighties brought thousands of immigrants to Xew Zealand. She was one of the fastest sailers and most comfortable ships afloat, and made some remarkable runs both out and Home. In 1881 she ran from Glasgow to Port Chalmers in 7G days port to port. Most of the voyages were made after Patrick Henderson amalgamated with the Shaw, Savill Co. The Canterbury was exceptionally fortunate in avoiding the heavy gales usually met with in the Southern Ocean. She made at least twenty voyages out, and it was only on the last two passages that she suffered any serious damage. Terrific Gale Encountered. " On the first of these ruiis to Otago Captain Collingwood had been transferred from the Margaret Galbraith to the Canterbury. The ship left London
'TERBURY, ? lon September 9, and did not clear the land until eight days later. The equator ivas crossed on the loth October. On 'the 19th, when travelling at 10 knots, an apprentice fell from aloft overboard. The ship was immediately hove aback, a boat lowered, and in less than half an hour the youth was on board again. The Cape was rounded on the Gth November, and on the 27th the ship met with a terrific gale from the south-west, with mountainous seas. The vessel was hoveto for several hours, during which immense quantities of water were shipped, the vessel rolling and straining heavily and endangering all the fixtures about the decks. One sea broke on board and washed away the solid teak rail on the forecastle, and did other serious damage. Thence the ship had moderate weather to the Snares, which were made on the 9th December. Light and variable winds carried the ship to anchorage on the 19th December. Captain Gollingwood had another stormy passage when bound from Glasgow to Port Chalmers the following year, and this was the second passage in which the ship had exceeded 100 days to Dunedin. The Canterbury made some rapid passages home, and on one occasion is credited with a run of 69 days port to port. The Canterbury was sold to Norway in 1905, and was still afloat in 1915. Here follow the record of the passages made outwards:—
* During tlie ri :i through tfcp ..o-Khern Ocean the "hip averaged _i. mile- daily. This ship must not be confused with the ship Canterbury, a vessel oi 970 tons, which was launched in 1-7,7 and christened by Lady Lyttelton. The ceremony took place at a public breakfast given at tlie Last India Docks to the main portion of the Canterbury settlers. The shi|> arrived at Lyttelton on August 19, 1557. (To be continued next Saturday.)
Sailed. Arrived. Captain. Days. Sep. 27 Dec. 12, '80 Oct. 5 Aug. 5 July 3 July 13 Dec. 14,'78 Anderson Mar. 13,'81 Anderson Dec. 31,'SI Anderson Nov. l, '82 Anderson Oct. 1, '8S Hird Oct. 12,'89 Hird I 78 93 87 90 89 91 TO DUNEDIN. Oct. 27, '76 •Aug. 16 Oct. 22, '79 Sep. 12 July 19 Jan. 20, "77 Anderson 83 Nov. 8, '77 j Anderson 84 Jan. 7, 'SO ; Anderson 77 i Land to land 7 4 Dec. 16,'S3 Anderson . 9<S Oct. 12, '84 Hird 85 Land to Iand 7S Oct. 18,'85 Hird 80 Oct. 22, 'S6 Hird 84 July 24 July 29 * Via Bluff.
TO AUCKLAND. Sailed. Arrived. Captain. Days. Oct. 20, '89 Ian. 21,'90 McMillan 93 O WELLINGTON. July 31 June 1 Oct. 15 Oct. 25,'85 ] McMillan Sep. 13,'86! McMillan Jan. 23, '98 j Culbert 86 104 S9 TO LVTTELTOr-. June Aug. 6 _ Sep. 2, '7» i Straehan Nov. _, '84 j McMillan 88 91 TO PORT CHALMEXS. Sep. 1 j Nov. 19, '7 7, Anderson 79 Sep. 2S I Dec. -.>''. : 77 Leslie 92 •Nov. It, "SO I J.n. 19,'81 Leslie 76J Sep. 3o 1 Dec. 16, "Si McMillan 7G Land to land. ~z ?ep. el I Dec. II,'S3 ' McMillan 81 i i and to lind 7S Aug. s ' .Nov. •_, 's;i McMillan 86 l.a;:J to land 7 . Auc. 31 : Dec. I, '88 . McMillan 92 Oct. 7. "90 ! Jap. 9. '91 '.ulber; 91 -en. -' : Iter. I-.-, "91 : Culbcrt 93 0 ,. I l ; Dec. 3!, '9-2 Culbert 79 Land to iand 7.". Oct. ii, '. ; Jan. s. 'or. ; Culbcrt 88 Oct. 10, '-J.'. .Ian. S. ':•'. ' Culbcrt 83 Sep. 9 Dec. 17. '-.is Collin., wood 99 fiep. -2 < L<f. 1-, '99 j COllingWOOdUO
THE MARLBOROUGH., Auckland Star, Volume LIV, Issue 281, 24 November 1923
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