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SHIPPING., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889
THE WRECK OF AN EMIGRANT SHIP.
A THRILLING NARRATIVE.
A graphic description of the rescue of the passengers by the emigrant ship Danmark, which was wrecked, is g'veu by C Ahenpel, the purser. He says:—“We left Chii-tians.md with 605 passengers and a crew of sixty-nine. The weather was nasty and thick, with head winds until Apiil I, when a heavy ga’u set in, b’owing from the S.W. Shortly after three o’clock on the afternoon of that day the passengers were startled by a heavy thumping noise in the after part of the ship, winch trembled as if struck by an iceberg. There was great ala; m among the steerage passengers, but nothing like a panic took place after they had been assured by the officers that there was no immediate danger of ticking An investigation showed that the s aft had been broken at the coupling, about :10ft from the propeller. The forward part of the broken cud of the shaft had slipped from the socket, and had been thrashing around among the timbers until tiro ship, splintered through to the keel, at once began to leak freely, and the watcy carac in fasti r than it could bo pumptd out. The vcs.el gradually re L .t!cd at tire stern, and it became apparent that the ship was doomed. The vessel lay helpless ia the trough of the scaLr several hours, rolling and pitching violently. It was impassible to stop the leaks, and it became merely a question of how long wo would b> able to keep the vessel afbit. Finally, by the use of sails, it was found possible to beep the ship’s head up to the wind, and she rode more easily, As the night came on the people suffered untold agonies of suspense. The passengers came on deck and eagerly peered into the dark night, in the hope of seeing the lights of tome passing steamer. In the meantime the gale was increasing, and the decks were constantly flooded by the waves. The officers attempted to portuado the frightened passengers to go below, but they preferred remaining on deck, ready to escape by the boats should it be finally deckled to abandon the ship. The constant settling of the vessel iccreated iho fears of the passengers, but, strange to i ay, they became calmer as the seas grew more angry and the danger increased Gathered in the iteorago forward were several hundred men, women, and children, who divided their time by praying, singing, and talking in subdued tones. About half the passengers insisted on remaining on deck till far into the night. The boats were got in leadincas so that the vessel could bj abandoned at any moment, but it became evident that the danger of embarking in small boats was quite as great as that which confronted the people cn board, The break of day was never hailed with greater joy than by the almost despairing people on the Danmark, During the morning hours the storm abated somewhat, but the water continued to rise in the hold, and the fate of the steamer was fteadily approaching. Shortly after noon a black streak of smoke on tho horizon indicated the approach of a steamer, and hope again Ailed every heart. Hearty cheers went up from the men, and tho women cried for j >y, when it became apparent that the ship had been seen, and that tho steamer was coming to her assistance. The passengers hugged each other in their joy. The steamer proved to bs tho Missouri, and tho captain agreed to take fho Danmaik’s passengers if necessary. In the meantime, as he had accommodation for nothing but freight, he thought it better to take tho Danmark in tow. The next day it was found necessary to abandon tho ship, and all on board were transferred to the Missouii in her small boats and our own seven boats. All this was done without a single mishap, although a heavy sea was running and tho wind was blowing hard. Wo were treated with the utmost kindness by Oaptiln Murrell, of tho Missouii, who proved himself to he not only one of tho finest sailors who over tred deck, but tho kindesthearted gentleman who ever extended aid to a shipwrecked company.” TORPEDO BOAT CATASTROPHE—SIX LIVES LOST, Unfavorable opinions were pretty freely express! d about the uuscawerthiners ot torpedo boats after the last naval mat cuivrta at Homo, and the following occurrence goes far to corroborate what was sai lby one or two ctit cs. On Friday, March 1, six torpedo boats issued from Toulon for evolutions. Tho weather _ was moderate, wind a fairly strong mistral, with a swell from the south-west, Having manoeuvred all day off the coast, the boats wore returning to port in single Gle, when No. 102, which occupied fourth pl.ee, suddenly capsized, rolling over on her side, and then “turning turtle.” Tho crew of thirteen hands on deck were precipitated into the water, as well as the commanding cflicor. Three sank, and a like number who were below— of a stoker and two enginotrs—had no chance of escape, as the slides on deck were closed, and they were drowned in their prison. The torpedo boat, instead of sinking at ouoo continued to float bottom upwards, her screw revolving in the air. Tho other boats went to her assistance, and rescued the men in the water by means of their ding.-ya. Two lines were fistened to the capsized vessel, and an endeavor made to tow her into shallow water, hut the lines broke and she slowly foundered, three quirters of an hour after turning over, In seventeen to eighteen fathoms. There was apparently nothing to account for such a sudden catastrophe. The rolls of the boat were normal, and three other torpedo b..ats had just passed through the same water, one of which is said to have rolled somewhat mare than usual. Tho boat which tank belonged to the clais of 35 metres (about 115 ft), whose stability is said to be superior to that of the classes cf 33 and 41 raetreu respectively; atd as tho French (whose war vessels, as a rule, are not deficient in freeboard) possess fifty torpedo-boats of the same type as No. 102, they are justly exercised as to their value iu the future.
SHIPPING., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889
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