METEORITE AT SEA.
NAUIIOW ESCAPE OF STEAMER. Details have reached Plymouth of a , steamer's .marvellous adventure at sea. The Dutch .steamship Ocean, which has arrived from • Philadelphia, barely escaped destruction by a meteor weighing many tons, while the vessel was almost enveloped by the huge waves following the impact of the aerolite with the sea. : ■/■.■•.'■'.■ ' . ' ■•'; ■ ■ '■' Many of the crew became ill from the effects of the gas, which Captain Benkert declared would have asphyxiated them had they riot sought. shelter below, deck. The gas remained m the atmosphere for more than: fifteen minutes, and when Captain Behkert and his men ventured on deck they, found it covered with a peculiar brownish powder. Then followed a shower of blazing meteors, which began to fall about the vessel, the phenomenon lasting several minutes. The sea about the vessel became phosphoreseeat, and as far as the eye could see the men aboard the Ocean saw dazzling objects of every color dancing about ; on the sea. The remarkable sight, according tc p the log of the Ocean, Avas witnessed at i three o'clock on the morning: of. March 4i while the steamer was -m latitude 39.59 North and longitude 71.27. West.
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