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THE STORM KING.

AN EVENTFUL PASSAGE. ADELiIDE, AugUSt 4. The Storm King lifeboat arrived at Adelaide on the 28bW July, after a kpfivy pat-sage from Albany, At one time she was thrown on her beam end?, nnd the after compartments filled, Captain Jorgen├čon and his mate are in exoeilent health, excepting for Boma bruis-s received when tlw sen broke aboard, and they have been so throughout ihe voyage from Albany. They intend to go Melbourne by iailj ac they feel they have thoroughly demonstrated the fact I hat tha vessel can outlive any weather and sail any distance. ihe Storm King left Albany on July 10th for Adelaide In the first day's run they made good headway, but they quickly ran into the heavy wakr tliat has been prevailing around the south ccast | lately. The boat rolled excessively, but, 1 making all snug, they were prepared for anything they might encounter. On the ninth day out in lat. 36deg llmin, long. 129deg 12min, the boat capsized and turned completely over, her deck being submerged entirely, while her keel was out of the water. Thus they remained for three or four minutes, when she again righted herself, arid rode straight up on the water. It was the custom when in a gale to take in all sail, close down the hatches of the two forward compartments, and put i out a sea anchor, which was a pole placed out at the bow with three unibrellaslviped pieces of canvas from it. The wind blowing into this would keep her head before the wind and steady her in heavy seas. They had secured their boat in this manner, and had gone below into their cabin to make themselves as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, Whilo smoking and reading she turned over. They were thrown upon the deck of the vessel, which was now downwards. The mate sustained in his fall a severe blow on the head, and everything that was loose was thrown around them, but the only article they lost was their compass, a loss that was very severely felt afterwards, as they were only provided besides with a pocket- compass, which was not sufficiently accurate to be a serviceable guide. While they were in this state of suspense they felt not the slightest fear. They thought only how they could secure j things and Imw long it would be before she righted, so thorough had by this time their confidence in the craft become. After righting herself, everything in the cabin was saturated, the place being full of water. They set to work jit once to bale her out, but this was slow and oo'd work, as they were obliged to have a oanvaa awning round the hatchways t> keep off the heavy epray, The weather moderating they were able to set on their course again, and considering the sea they encountered and the difficulty they experienced in getting her to Bail properly except before the wind they made a remark^ ably Bhorfc passage to the Gulf. They reaohed Neptune'a on the 31st Ju y, then passed through Althorpe's, and up the Gulf, sighting Gape Bonda during the night, and reaching the Bay in the morning. This concluded one ef the most eventful passages in an eventful voyage.

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THE STORM KING., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXIV, Issue 196, 20 August 1890

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THE STORM KING. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXIV, Issue 196, 20 August 1890

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