STRANGE STORY OF THE SEA * FATE OF MISSING SHIP j TWENTY SKELETONS. [BX TELEGRAPH — SPECIAL TO THE POST.] 1 ] DUNEDIN, This Day. A well-known Dunedin shipping man to-day received from the skipper of one of the Shaw, Savill, and Albion liners this letter : — "Just a hurried line to tell you something in which New Zealand people may take an interest. A month ago Captain M'Arthur,in command of one of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnol steamers trading to Seattle, via China and Japan, came into tho London office and stated he had met in Seattle a pilot who told him, in the course of conversation, that he was once wrecked off Cape Horn, that most of the crew got ashore, and that all decided to part company, and to go two by two in different directions to look for the Mission Station. He and his companion, who, he believes, were the only survivors m this search for the station, which they eventually reached, came upon a large painted-port chip wrecked in a cove, and he distinctly saw the name 'Marlborough. There were three » large tents ereoted and big heaps of shell-fish^ which, had been consumed by the survivors, but they were all dead,'and there were twenty skeletons. Young Hird, son of the captain, is in the office of Law, Leslie and Co., LeadenhaUsfcreet^ and is in communication with this pilot, who has the exact atitude and longitude. Is it not a strange story of the sea?" The Marlborough and Dunedin both, left New Zealand about the year 1884, with cargoes of frozen meat, and no tidings of either of them has ever been received. It was generally surmised that they h»ul been lost in the ice. The Marlborough was a vessel of the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's fleet, 1124 tons, and commanded by Captain W. Hird. She left Lyttelton for London on 11th January, 1890, having on board a valuable cargo. She was sighted the next day, but never seen or heard of afterwards. She cairied a crew of between twenty and thirty men, and had one passenger on board. She was supposed to have struck the ice then , very, prevalent in. the higher latitudes. '
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