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The Storm King.

Melbourne, June 24. The iron life boat in which the intrepid and adventurous Captain Jorgensen is now finding his way to Australia, was fallen in with by the American barque Adam Spies, which arrived yesterday from New York. Captain Field reports that on 26th May, in lat. 39deg. lOmin. S. andE.,67deg. long, a boat was sighted on the lee bow, The wind was moderate, but had been blowing a gale from S. W previously, and there was a high confused sea. Presuming that the craft had i castaw ays Capt. Fieldbore down to ascertain | particulars and reiider assistance, andfound I that it was the iiFeboat Storm King, in command of Jorgenson, 50 days out from [ Capetown, and bound to Melbourne. Jorgensen reported all well. He and his mate, who form the crew, were in excellent health and spirits, and considered that they had got over the worst part of their venture. Captain Field waa profuse in his offers to supply them with anything. Captain Jorgensen thanked him, but said he had not any pressing requirements, and was getting along famously, and spoke confidently of being able to reach Melbourne before long. The interview lasted for about 30 minutes, and the barque then kept away on her course. The Storm King was rigged with a lug sail and mizzen, and she had lived through some very rough weather after leaving the Cape. Jorgensen waa well-known in Melbourne when in command of the Raqua, and in those days he took occasion to ventilate his ideas with regard to his patent lifeboat. The Storm King is a tubular lifeboat, of his own invention, made of mild steel, 30ft long and Bgft beam. The voyage from London to Australia is being made for the purpose of displaying the boat's capability of withstanding heavy waather, and the severe test will doubtless prove a splendid advertisement for tho inventor. Jorgensen and his mate (Nilsen) left London on the 12th September, and did not reach Capetown until the 2nd March, owing to severe storms encountered south of the Equator. After refitting at the Cape, they started for Melbourne on the I6th of April. '■ i i

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The Storm King., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XVII, Issue 5813, 7 July 1890

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The Storm King. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XVII, Issue 5813, 7 July 1890

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