THE EMIGRANT SHIP PIAKO.
We have from time to timo afforded our t waders such information as we have, been i Yurniabed with by the New Zealand Shipping -\ Company (Limited), respecting the disaster i which necessitated the abovo vessel going into i Pernambuco. By tho mail, which arrivod i here on Sunday, tho Company has received ] lull advices both from London and from the 1 master of tho ship, and those having been 1 placed at our disposal wo are enabled to pre- i aent a narrative of tho accident, which must ' |»rove interesting to all who have friends on 1 board fche vessel. Tho Piako is a clipper built iron vessel, launched from the yard of Messrs Alexander < Stephen and Sons iv 1877, und registering 1075 tons. She has mado two successful voy- i ages to and from the Colony, and on this i occasion was on hor third voyage. The ship i*ft Plymouth bound to Lyttolton on the morning of Oct. 11, under command of Capt. W. B. Boyd ; being well officered and manned : jrad equipped. Besides a cargo of aboufc 1050 lons, she had 288 immigrants on board. The earlier part of the voyage was unrrentful, and tho ship made a splendid run, wud on Nov 11 was in about 7 lat. south, long. JJ2 west -or less than 200 miles from Pcr-i-.smhuco. Afc 10.45 a.m. oi fchafc day, Capt. Boyd had just left the deck, and was in his cabin making an entry in his official log, when Mr Holbecke, the chief officer, came to him, and reported thafc smoke was issuing through iho lower fore hatch. Captain Boyd afc once went forward, and removing one of the hatches, went bolow. Thero was overy sign of fire, but the smoke was not dense. He afc i.nso ordered the firo bell to be rung, and tho were brought to play down the hatchway over the coal, while a full force was put i.n'to break out cargo, and find out where the iire was. Within six minutes of the first report of the fire, Captain Boyd distinctly ,-iaw a llanie about 20ffc abaft the foremost i ier of cargo. At onco fche hoso was brought 3f> play on it, under the direction of the second officer, Mr Hazlewood. The captain then u-an on deck to get tho carpenter to cut a hole iv tho 'tween decks over the flame. He was mot absent two minutes, bufc on his rofcurn iKige volumes of black sulphurous smoke were coming up the hatchway, and tho men were running up on deck to save fcheir lives. Captain Boyd then at once closed down fche hatches and covered everything with wefc -blankets. He tried then to get through by the married people's compartment, bufc he and his volunteers wore driven back almost etifled. AU the hatches were then closed, and also the scuppers, and the master had .the main deck Hooded, the two engines playing down the fore hatch, and holes cut in the tipper deck, the donkey engine playing down the air shaft. Captain Boyd at this time altered tho übip's course to make Pernambuco. In a comparatively short timo the combings of fche hatches became so hot thafc they could not be touched. Meanwhile all the boats wore got out alongside and some stores pufc in, but even from the after storeroom the hands were <lriven back by the fire, and that had to be battened down too. About 2 p.m., most providentially a barque was sighted on the weather bow, and Captain Boyd made signals of distress, and bore up to her. The vessel proved to be tho Loch Doon, bound from San Francisco to Cork. At 3 p.m., Captain Boyd commenced the transhipment of his passengers, which was happily accomplished in two hourp without fcho alightest accident. Of course, now that all danger of fche sacrifice of human lifo was pasfc, Captain Boyd's chief anxiety was over, but having done his duty by the passengers, he was loath to neglect the further heavy interests confided to him/ and determined nofc to abandon his ship and cargo if his crew would stick by him. Ho told thcin ho intended if possiblo to take fche ship into port; ; and every man on board said thafc he would and did stick to tho ship. And right manfully they worked, never leaving tho pumps till 4 p.m. of the 13th, when tho ship reached Pcrr>a_tbuco roads, tho Loch Doon following her aud ranching there a few hours afterwards. The origin of tho fire had nofc then been ascertained. Every regulation had been carefully observed, and the captain is certain jto one could have gofc down below. Immediately on his arrival afc Pernambuco, Captain Boyd waited on H.B.M. Consul and conferred wifch him and the President of the State, as to arrangements for the care and comfort of the emig) ants. Everything possible was dono to ameliorate their unfortunate position. Thoy wero all landed on Cocoanut Island (Ilba de Moqueira), where a large liouse and outbuildings woro available. The Consul was unwilling to supply clothing, but - Captain Boyd at once ordered it for tho emigrants at tho Company's expense, and also arranged for their being provisioned suitably ; and afc the date of tho advices all were in oxcellent health and spirits, and most comfortably housed. To revert to the ship : Tho firo was gaining rapidly, and ifc was doomed necessary to »cuttle her. She was smoking and blazing up to tho moment when sho was submerged. Late telegraphio advices have apprised the Company of tho raising of the ship and her sailing again with hor living freight, on Dec. 29, and sho may be expected here aboufc Feb. 10 or 15. A perusal of Captain Boyd's simple narrative of the accident leaves tho impression thafc 'ho acted with calmness, judgment, discretion, * aud energy, undor most trying circumstances, and doubtless to theso circumstances, and to the excellent support he received from his officers and crew, is to bo attributed tho happy result. No lives havo beon losfc, and though the cargo must all bo more or 1033 damaged, the ship has boen saved.
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