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ARRIVAL OF THE STORM KING AT ALBANY.

From the Australian papers we gathe: particulars of the remarkable voyage jus made by this little, boat. Captain Jorgen' sen, with his companion, Neilson, arrived ai Albany on the 24th June at 8 p.m. aftei a marvellous voyage in the lifeboat Sfeorir King. They left London on September 12 The dimensions of the boat are— length 30ft; depth, 4ft 6in ; width, Bft 6in ; tonnage, 6 tons. A heavy gale was encountered offi the Bay of Biscay. They landed al Madeira on October 2, and remained there a few days ; left Madeira for Pernambuco, where they arrived on the 21st November. There they stayed two days, and left again for Capetown, arriving there on March Ist. Here they stayed six weeks recruiting ■ after six months at sea. After leaving 1 the Cape, when South of Madagascar, in lat. 40, the Storm King encountered a cyclone, out of which the frail craft came safe and sound, strengthening the skipper's belief in the sounduess of' his vessel. A second cyclone was met with just after. Tbe only vessel sighted between the Cape and Cape Leuwin waß spoken in 39' S., GB'E., viz., the American barque Adam Space, bound for Melbourne. A heavy gale was encountered oif Cape Leuwin. Land was sight d at midnight on Sunday. To add to the difficulties of the cruise, the chronometer stopped on June 10th, and the watches on board had also stopped previously, so that Captain Jorgensen was unable to work the longitude, an 3 from this to Albany the course was worked by dead reckoning. The boat is constructed in three sections and could be lengthened if required. The foregoing is the summarised account of the voyage that was telegraphed from Perth, but there are other minor details which are of an interesting character. Shortly after leaving the Cape they met with a perilous adventure. On a beautiful calm evening the little craft ran into a sleeping whale. The monarch of the deep was in a terrible fluster on being thus rudely disturbed in its slumbers, and began immediately to spout, and plunged wildly about, tossing large quantities of water into the vessel, which it more than once very nearly Btruok in its mad antics. Capt, Jorgensen considers that on this occasion they had a very narrow escape indeed. Otherwise, he says, they were never in any real danger, and they had ample provisions, there being a three months' stock on board when, they arrived. Nevertheless, the skipper • admits» that he was not at all Borry to find himself at A;bany. They had rather a wretohed time upon near» ing Capetown, where they were knocking about for a month, and experienced a heavy south east gale. With great difficulty they reaohed Bobbin Is'and, where they, anchored, but were almost immediately afterwards driven 100 miles out to sea, A'l v.ho love their pipe will sympathise with them on hearing that during this time they ran out of tobaooo. .Returning to Bobbin Island, they weie towed to Capetown, where they remained six weeks, and weie made a great deal of, the vessel being visited by Sir Henry Loch, and all the leading citizens. On arrival at Albany the skipper displayed a touch of sentiment which vn.l be appreciated by many. In addition to himself and his mate there were two other living creatureß on board — a oouple of cockroabhes — whioh had shared the hardships of the voyage with them. On no acoount would Captain Jorgensen suffer them to be killed, but with his own hands he eet them at liberty on shore. Sir Malcolm Fraser visited the little oraft at A bauy, and was greatly pleased with her. Tho Perth telegram quoted from above adds: -The Storm King leaves for Adelaide in a fortnight. She will be shipped over, as it would take a month to aaii thither. Captain Jorgeneen lost only 7lb during tbe voyage. Both he and his mate .ooked remarkably well.

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ARRIVAL OF THE STORM KING AT ALBANY., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXIV, Issue 165, 15 July 1890

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ARRIVAL OF THE STORM KING AT ALBANY. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXIV, Issue 165, 15 July 1890

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