LOSS OF THE BRIG AUSTRALIA,- AT CAPE CAMPBELL.
[the press, may 28.] The brig Scotsman, Captain Rogers, arrived in harbor yesterday afternoon, and we are sorry to learn by her of the wreck and loss of au hands of the brig Australia from Newcastle to Timaru, with a cargo of coal. Captain Rogers reports that he left Newcastle on Monday, the 12th inst., and experienced favprable winds until making the land, sighting - Cape Farewell on the 21st; the wind was light and variable on the 22nd ; on the 23rd passed Cape Campbell in company with the brig Australia, the wind blowing a strong gale from the N.W-> and sailing under double-reefed topsails ; at 4.30 p.m. the wind suddenly fell light, and then veered as suddenly to the S.W.; commenced to shorten sail, but before the sails were fast a terrific gale set in, and was forced to bear up for Cook's Strait in company with the brig Australia, which was running with every sail flying, the Scotsman running with two lower topsails and foretopmast staysail ; at 5,30 p.m. the main topsail burst ; tried to stow it, but could not do so, so had to cut it off in order to save the yards, and also for the safety of the ship. At this time tho wind .was blowing a furious hurricaiiei At 6 p.m. the fore topsail sheet carried away ;' clewed it up as best we could, and cut the fragments that remained from the yard ; the foretopmast staysail at this time was in ribbons. The ship broached to when on the starboard tack, and the vessel was pooped by a heavy sea, which made a clean breach, smashing bulwarks, &c. The deck *was full of water. Everything loose was thrown overboard to save, the: staunchions and also for the safety of the crew. At 7 p.m. got a new foretopmast : staysail, set and ran the ship before the wind ; Cape Campbell light bearing N.W. At this time saw; a: green light passing about a mile inside of us, and which was supposed to be the brig Australia. At 9. 30 .p.m. rounded Cape Campbell, when the gale abatdd, the wind falling light until midnight when it was calm. At eight o'clock next morning one of the men. aloft reported thai; he saw something floating on. the , lee bow. At'lo a.m. saw it was the wreck of a ship: tacked the vessel and got out the boat, and seni her with the mate and four hands to ascertain what she was. On his return he reported that it was the brig Australia. At 2 p. M.i weather being fine, ran the brig alongside of the wreck and made fast, but was only able to secure the mainmast.. Resumed : the' voyage j had northerly winds down the coast. The brig Australia was owned and commanded by Captain Craig; and' the crew numbered ten hands. It is certain she was lost on Cape Campbell during the heavy gale.
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