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Old-time Echoes

| WRECK OF THE DUNBAR. HOW THE ONLY SURVIVOR WAS RESCUED. On August 2Uth, fifty years ago, the British ship Dunbar was wrecked at Sydney Heads, and all on board were drowned with the conception of a seaman named Johnson, who is now seventy years old. The Dunbar carried 122 men, women, and children, and her cargo was valued at £72,000. On the fiftieth anniversary of the wreck a knot of about fifty people gathered at Watson’s Bay, and among them were several men. bent with weight of years, who half a century- ago had been present when the sole survivor of the wreck was hauled up the cliffs. Mr Parker, who at the time was assistant signalman at South Head, related that he signalled the arrival of the 'Dunbar, and hext morning he found that she had been dashed against the rocks. and fay broken in two at the foot of the cliffs. Commander J. W. Gambier, in his hook, ‘-Links in my Life on Land and Sea," refers to the wreck of the Dunbar. He stales : —“She was hurled, in the middle of the night, straight, against the cliffs at the entrance, where, in three minutes she was literally' dashed to pieces and sank in deep water. The master had evidently mistaken a place called the (lap—a low part of the cliffs near the Sydney- Head —for the entrance. But the recklessness of attempting to run through tile* narrow entrance in a heavy gale at night, was unjrar,clonal tie. The news of the wreck re-ached u.s at dawn, as our ship (the Iris) was in a hay just the oilier side of this wait of cliffs, and we immediately- sent men with ropes to see what could be done. But there was nothing to do. for the ill-fated vessel was hundreds of fathoms under water, and the bodies of tire drowned were dashing up against the cliff, torn and mangled beyond recognition, whilst for several days boats were picking up bodies that had found their way into port. But in Searching along lire cliff our men saw a man lying- on a narrow lodge below, and lowered a blue-jacket with a rope. With great difliculty, fur it was still blowing a gale, he succeeded in gelling into this mere crack, and found there alive and unhurt, the only survivor of the wreck'. Hi- had been flung up by an extra high sea. and had been deposited there in safely. His marvellous rescue excited much interest in Sydney-, where a handsome sum was collected 'to start him in life.

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Old-time Echoes, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907

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Old-time Echoes Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907