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It is with feelings of the deepest sorrow that we have to announce in our olurnns today an awful calamity which lias befallen a number of brave officers and men of her Majesty's ship Orlando. The afflicting tidings reached us by the French steamer Dv Trembly, arrived this morning from Tunis, that one of the boats of the above ship had been upset in a squall, by which no less than eight of her officers, three seamen, and a marine lost their lives. AH the men-of-war in port, including the Freivh frigate Cha que, immediately hoisted the r fla-^a half-mast high, and a like testimony of regret and mourning was shown by many of the merchant ships in harbour as soon as the lamentable event became more generally known. The following are the partieluars of this catastrophe, which will cast many families into mourning ;— lt appears that on the morning of the 3rd inst. a cutter, having on board the following officers :— Lieutenant still, Surgeon Wood, Captain Pritchard, Royal Marines, Midshipmen De Garaa, Fielding, and Kemble, Masters-A ssistant Hadril 1 . and As-sistant-Paymaster Stratford, together with four seamen and one marine, left the ship on a picnic party, and while returning at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, under sail, a sudden f quail struck the boat when about a thousand yards from the shore, and upset it. Seeing that all hope of assistance "was impossible, one of the seamen struck out for the shore, and was the only man saved. He was found the next morning completely exhausted, and in a state of nudity, in an Arab huf, by nnother cutter of the Orlando, which, in low of the French frigate Invincible'B steam-launch, had been sent in search of the misting boa«\ Up to the last accounts nothing cUe had I een found but a jacket belonging to Mr. Fielding and a portion of the mast of the boat, notwithstanding the Orlando and gunboat Tynan had been searching under steam for the missing bodies. The O'lando 1% expected here at the end of the week. The sudden calamity has created universal sympathy in Tunis. All the foreign representatives displayed their flags half-mast, and waited upon the English Consul-General to express their condolence and respect for the memory of so many bravo officers and men appertaining to her Majesty's naval forces, whose untimely death has deprived their Sovereign and their I country of their valuable service. The Com- | mandant Chevalier of his Imperial Majesty's ship Inflexible, senior officer of the French j Emperor's ships in those wntors, also waited on her Majesty's representative for the samo purpose, and the French Consul- General wrote besides a very feeling letter of condolence on the melancholy occasion. His Highness the Bey also conveyed his sympathy and condolence, and gave strict orders to the authorities on the coast to protect any of the bodies of the victims that might be washed ashore, and to report immediately any such occurrence to the Bey's Government. It is a circumstance of melancholy inl crest to know that Mr. Fielding, one of the unfortunate young officers who perished on this occasion, was one of the few survivors of the lamentable wreck of her Maj' sty's thip Orpheus on the coast of New Zealand. —Malta Times, Nov. 10.

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DREADFUL ACCIDENT AT TUNIS., Evening Post, Issue 12, 21 February 1865

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DREADFUL ACCIDENT AT TUNIS. Evening Post, Issue 12, 21 February 1865