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A letter from Monte Video tells of the conspicuous bravery af Mr I. Nicholson, chief officer of the Lima, and a boat's crew when that steamer was wrecked. It says : — At daybreak on the second day Mr Nicholson, instead of remaining comfortably on board the Hatumet, as he might have done, persisted in manning the two boats with his own crews, about twenty of whom were on board (Hatu-, met), in preference to our lascar crew __he in charge of one boat and his boatswain in charge of the other. Those in the boats had great difficulty, in clearing the rope connecting tlie two ships, on account of it having got foul of the rocks at the bottom. Eventually, after great perserverance, Mr Nicholson and his crew succeeded in making the connection between tho two ships with another rope. Unfortunately, by this time a breeze had sprung up from the north-west, also a current, which carried tho bight of the ropes so far to leeward as to be useless, -unless the Hatumet was shifted further to windward, which was done. Mr Nicholson with his boat '„ was then the first, to approach the stern of the Lima, and, after several daring attempts, succeeded in getting the end of the small line from the Lima, which was to be used in hauling the people through the water to the boats. But before anyone had passed from the ship to the boat a heavy swell went along .which appeared to- throw the boat clean out of tho water, and she fell bottom up. The second boat went to the rescue of. the boat's crew, but were only successful ia saving two men, who had managed to 6limb on to the bottom of the boat ; the others, including Mr Nicholson, had been swept away, and, according .to the statement of the second boat's crew; were not seen again by them. All praise .is also due to the bravo fellows comprising the crew of Mr Nicholson's boat. -Their courage was not lacking, and we hope their bravery" will be acknowledged in a suitable manner, by tho society or community to which they belong.

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Colonist, Colonist, Volume LII, Issue 12794, 16 May 1910

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BRAVE SEAMEN. Colonist, Volume LII, Issue 12794, 16 May 1910