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WRECK OF THE COMPADRE.

: (per press association.; ;; . i , , Dunedin, July 6. The police have received a telegram from the Bluff stating that the sealer Janet Ramsay had arrived there from the Auckland Isles, with the crew of the barque Compadre, consisting of 15 hands. One r is pupposed "to have died on the Islarids. Tae barque, 'which was bound from Caloatta'to" Talohuans, caught fire about the'6tb: March lastini was beached on the 19th to save life. No further particulars are to hand. ■ , . 1 . . ' Later. "By- the arrival of the Janet Rameay today we have the following particulars re the wreck on the Auckland Isles of the barque .Compadre, iron, 800 tons' register, bound from Calcutta to Talechuna, Chili, with a cargo of bags.,. The; mate's stitement Is that they left Calcutta on the 22nd January. All went well till the 16th Marob, when a fire was discovered by the captain in the after hold. He Instan'ly called all hands to proceed to'master the fire. Holes were cut in the cabin deck and water was poured in Incessantly from 10 a mto 6 p m. , Finding' it ' Impossible to 'extinguish the fire, he battened all down and' shaped his course for Bluff, being the nearest port.. Several men tried to obtain bread from below and were rendered insensible and had to be parried on 1 deck. They made their way till the night of the 18th March, when it blew a heavy westerly gale, accompanied with terrific, squalls. At 7ain on the 19th March land 'was discerned on the starboard bow, distant about 12 miles, it being very hazy at the time. The wind was abeam, bat owing to the fearful sea the vessel labored heavily. One tremendous sea swept the foresail and foretopraast staysail out of the t bolt ropes, also bursting the forecastle ' ports and smashed the scuttle forehatcheß, sweeping the decks of everything moveable, bursting Into the cabin, thus giving air to the fire, which could not be prevented, though an Immense quantity of water was flooded in. The men could not man the pumps,~ being continually washed away. The carpenter sounded the well and found eight feet of water in the hold. By this time the ship was to windward of tha North Cape, Auckland Islands. Giving up ( all.;hope of saving the vessel, which was rapidly sinking underfoot, ucable to 1 ibwer boats in such a sea, they squared the main yard and ateerad towards the rocks In the hope of caving life. Previous to striking they poured oil on the water ever the stem, which greatly reduced the violence of the Bea. All hands got on the jibboom. The vessel struck with a great crash, everyone making a jump for the rocks, some being bruised over it. In tea minutes from the time |*ejanded. Nothing but loose wreckage was to be seen. The crew suffered severely from the want of food, clothing, and rest. They were diacovered by the sealer Janet Ramsay, who picked up the crew of cast- - aways. They were 103 days on the land. The crew consists of Captain D. Jones. F. Bath, mate ; T. Cox, Becond mate ; iS. A. Roberta, J. Clarckson, apprentices; H. Roberts, steward ; H. Kriglish, carpenter ; F. Woods, J. Harding, D Black, ¥ F Wright, F Bnglem, A • Blebler,' John Natrimock, U Brownett, A B's. Peter Nelson, A B, was lost in the bosh, though a thorough search was made

for him no trace could be found. This Is the only one of the crew missing. The survivors were taken off the AuokJands by the sohooner Janet Ramsey on Monday, last, and landed at Bluff to-day. They express great gratitude for the kindness shown them by the cap'ain and crew of the Janet Ramsay, who supplied them with " food and other necessaries. ■ — <^»— i— — —^*^

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WRECK OF THE COMPADRE., Grey River Argus, Volume XXXI, Issue 7100, 7 July 1891

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WRECK OF THE COMPADRE. Grey River Argus, Volume XXXI, Issue 7100, 7 July 1891

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