THE LOSS OF THE DOTEREL.
Several extracts from letters written by persons serving on board this unfortunate vessel have been published (before Rosa's letter), and, although they do not, of course, bear m any way upon the cause of the disaster, they are not without interest. The " Western Morning News" hints that a strict enquiry should be made as to the relations of portions of the crew to each other and to the officers. " Letters," it says, " are before us, written from Monte Video early last month, which lead to the suspicion, we trust unfounded, that there were on board men who might be called desperadoes, and who had been m an exasperated state. Before the Doterel left Chatham it was whispered that she was what was called an ' uncomfortable ' ship. While at Plymouth these rumors were repeated with emphasis, and from Monte Video we learn that • men are running awny from our ship three and four at a time.'" The writer says: — "It is a miserable ship, and I am afraid will not be better during the commission. I do not think any one is comfortable on board. The marines are chiefly from Chatham, and are a very rough set." The writer goes on to indicate the causes of the prevailing dissatisfaction, and some of its effects, whioh it would be unfair to publish m the absence of those alluded to.
Another correspondent writes, under date Monte Video, April 9:— "Four of our men broke out of the ship at nine o'clock last night. We had a pretty good passage from St. Vincent (31 days.) We got very rough weather for three or four days a week before we got there, but I think we havo a very safe ship if she is properly looked after. Some of our ship's company have been very sick, and we are going to leave them here for a passage home to England." Another letter says :— " We had very good weather uutil within about four days of Monte Video, and then we had to hy-to for two or three days, because it was so rough, and instead of going ahead we went to leeward, so made above six days m getting into port ; but she is as nice a little sea boat as ever swam, so we don't mind how much it blows bo long as we have plenty' of sea room. It is better times for us when we are m a gale, for the skipper is. rather a sea-sick customer, so we don't see much of him, and the other officers have enough to do to look after the ship."
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THE LOSS OF THE DOTEREL., Marlborough Express, Volume XVI, Issue 155, 6 July 1881
THE LOSS OF THE DOTEREL. Marlborough Express, Volume XVI, Issue 155, 6 July 1881
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