The barque Countess of Seafield, from London, bound to Canterbury, New Zealand, arrived *t this port yesterday morning, in a most deplorable condition, having had tea nwa washed orerbeaol < trad lost her deck-house, "galley, bulwarks, ccm* panioa hatch, wheel, binnacle, *<?., in a fuUsj Kale on the 27th. of April, while ia latitude 47 diet • 1,2 sec south andlong7Bdeg: S. ' We give the following extracts' from the log referring to tit* ■ sad occurrence :— Thursday, April 27-Ut 47 dec , 12 see 8., long 78 deg S. 1 ; wind W. to S W\; >ar 28 deg 88 sec j blowing a heavy gale with furious squalls ;. a high cross geiura j shirt codttantly filling the decks with water;' compelled to cast away the bulwarks to free tbe vessel. 9 pm.-— Bar. rising. 10 p.m.— Bio wing' furiously s kepfctbe ship deal, before the wind and sou 1 1.45 p m.— A terrific hurricane raging ; ■ pooped by a Bea, which carried away the wheel j binaiicle, companion, hatch, Btove in the skylight and half deckhouse, and disabled the chief officer : furled . the mainsail and foretopsail, and brought the ship to the wind on the starboard tack, under do?« , reefed maintopsail. . Midnight— Baronieter'stiU rising ; hurricane ragioß furiously. April-28; 5.3 ft : I am. -Swept by a Bea,r which carried, avrav the I house on deck and mainrai^M Squire (2nd officar) Mr M'Lean (midshipman), - H. Farrow (cook). Edward Vreeman, Jas. Firby, ft. Sne'lrf, Tho» • Burgess, Wm, ; Brand (able seameu), ■ Hugt ' Mandeville (apprentice),' and Ed, Barl (passea- • ger), were swept overboard and, drowned ;> tbe. . aew close-reefed maintopsail blew to ribbons jfcha foresail, foretopsiil, maintrysail/mteon and tore";* , [ topmast stays blew away ; out the ribbons aww from the yards, _&<v; passengers 'working boS 1 pumps and unable to: keep the, ship free'; six 5 * feet wafer in ( tha v .hold: .everything? onl deck blown overboard. April 29,— Continuance -of, heavy gale; pumpg constantly worked by nag.,., sengers; captain/ chief officer, <carpenter fcdd crew oaulking -round the stanchions, && to Endeavour to , Ujtsett' the leak i .kept the ship to Of* north, in hopes of falling in : with ;» Vessel hi . render us assistance; ship making, w'njuek; water! see ho hope but to abandon ner> ' Mw I ' to the eastward to make a port for wpalrai[s«; J Cap£. Danvere reports that up to the time 1 ofufr 1 ■ 1 catastrophe he had experienced very fin* weather^ . • and.wasta bip^.ofinsifng.agß^.paaißgejj^he j passenger who was d^wnett^drapfofrgit up early on the morning of the Sfth/wyitigfit, ' [ the men had hud a heavy night and the eookfijii J I as much as he could do, he/wonulae'UthJMti> ieomd .coffee .ready.,, ,Some fpf ; JUs^feltow^ passengera tried .to lf clissWehim, but^l* gn,, , persisted; and he,>ent ori deck and was.Bhortly. . after swept overboard,- at the iaaVe tiianpwt . other men. Another ■■ of the m4n 'wuulMp'Lt 1 -' his hunk in the deck-hoase, when hewasiweW' ' I over;tdong with tfce houw, and «U itoo^tajne*. m Such was the force of the' wateri that the .ham Vl [ fastenings— Btronff iron bolts, secured unifrtte deck—were forcibly pulled right out; th'ttb leaver ' holes through'the deck, :an£altowlnff thtf w«r F ,tp rosfc ijato, the ;b,01d. ; I* wip- some time befin» • • this waa.disijovered, but immedi^lyonith^diir; : ebvery being made the pumps' were set toivoik, •,- but were hardly able to keep the vessel afloat'tiß - the damages couMibe remedied Slnoe this f gsle ; ■ Captain Uanvei* Jeport3 that he has experietjeei v^ry fine weather, except on Friday last, whoa ', he encountered some heavy weather. TheiOotupi* r [ tess ofSeafteld haif an 'board a qWUH ofjS' '" ■ work for the railway &t Canterbury, ana>tt T 6^Wi> 1 wi<=e heavily laden }. end to this fact, we thiuf ,'i '' good deal of the joss of life «hcL dainag«t«lk«l r vessel may be flßcribed. It is intended tto pl*»>J tha wiikl tk ofa% .^f.W «lip«, and" hivTS, , thoroughly' wpiii&i: afier wfiidb. . oeed on her royag* W Okntcrburr-^nobM* Town Adverther," 2nd June. .. v ' . :•> t, :-->
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Otago Witness, Otago Witness, Issue 655, 18 June 1864
TERRIFIC HURRICANE., Otago Witness, Issue 655, 18 June 1864
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