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RESCUE OF CASTAWAYS.

ONE HUNDRED AND THREE DAYS ON THE AUCKLAND ISLANDS.

Once again the Auckland Islands are brought into prominence in connection with castaways, and memories of the hardships undergone by the survivors from the Invercauld, Grafton, General Grant, and Derry Cascle will be revived by the rescue of the latest castaways. Yesterday afternoon Inspector Hickson received the following telegram from the Bluff : — . " Janet Ramsay, sealing schooner, returned from Auckland Islands with crew of barque Compadre, consisting of 15 hands. One supposed to be dead on island? The barque caught fire and was beached to save life. The accident happened about 16th March last, and beached on 10th. No further particulars. Report te follow, when further particulars are obtained' The vessel was bound to Talchuano from Calcutta."

ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS.

Bluff, July 6.

By the arrival of the Janet Ramsay to-day the following particulars are to band re the wreck on the Auckland Islands of the iron barque Compadre, 800 tons register, bound from Calcutta to Talchuano, Chili, with a cargo of bags.

THE MATE'S STATEMENT.

We left Calcutta on the 22nd January. All went well till the 16th March when a fire was discovered by the captain in the after bold. He instantly called all hands snd proceeded to master the fire. Holes were cut in the cabin deck and water poured in incessantly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Finding it impossible to extinguish the fire we battened all down and shaped a course for the Bluff, thai being the nearest port. Several men who tried to obtain bread from below were rendered insensible and had to be carried on deck. We made fair way till the night of the 18th March, when it blew a heavy westerly gale, accompanied with terrific squalls.

At 7 a.m. on March 19 land was discovered on the starboard bow, distant about 12 miles. It being very hazy at the time, we brought the wind abeam, but owing to the fearful sea the vessel laboured heavily. One tremendous sea swept the foresail and foretopmast staysail out of the boltropes, also bursting the forecastle ports, smashing. the scuttld fore-hatches, sweeping the decks of everj thing movable, besides bursting the cabin — thus giving air to the fire, which could not be prevented from breaking out though immense quantities of water were flooded in. The men could not man the pumps, being continually washed away,

The carpenter sounded the well and found Bft of water in the boldi By this time the ship was windwafd of the north cape of the Auckland Islands.

Giving up all hope of saving the vessell which was rapidly sinking under foot, and being unable to lower the boats in such a sea, we squared the main yard and steered towards the rocks in the hopes of saving life. Previous to striking we poured oil or the water over the stern, which greatly reduced the violence of the sea.

All hands got on the jib boom. The vessel struck with a great crash, everyone making a jump for the rocks, some being bruised. In 10 minutes from the time we landed nothing but loose wreckage was to be seen. The crew suffered severely from want of food, clothing, and rest until the depot was discovered and the sealer Janet Ramsay picked up the crew. The castaways were 103 days on the island. Tbe crew consists of^Captain D. Jones F. Bates, mate F. Cox, second mate E. A. Roberts J. R. Clarkson, apprentices H. Roberts E; Steward H. English^ carpenter F. Woods * J. Harding D. Black F. F. Wright F. Englem A. Bleebler John Mannock H. Brownett, A.B's.

Peter Nelson, A.8., was lost in the bush, and though a thorough search was mace for him no trace could be found. This is the only one of the crew missing. The survivors were taken off the Aucklands by the sealing schooner Janet Ramsay on Monday last, and landed at the Bluff to-day. They express great gratitude for the kindness shown them by the captain and crew of the Janet Ramsay, who supplied them with food and other necessaries.

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RESCUE OF CASTAWAYS., Otago Witness, Issue 1950, 9 July 1891

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RESCUE OF CASTAWAYS. Otago Witness, Issue 1950, 9 July 1891

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