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. 103 DAYS ON THE AUCKLAND ISLANDS. GREAT HARDSHIPS. [Pee Peebb Association.] DUNEDIN, July 6. The police have received a telegram - from . the Bluff, Btating that the Dealer .: Janet Ramsay has arrived there from the Auckland Islands, with the' crew of the barque Compadre, consisting of fifteen . hands. One is supposed to have died on the islands. The barque, which waß bound from Calcutta to Talchauano, caught fire .. about March, l6 last, and was beached on . March 19 to safo life. BLUFF, July 6. By the arrival of the Janet Ramsay today the following particulars have come to hand in regard to the wreck on the . Aucklands of the barque Compadre, an iron veßßel of 800 tons register, bound Jfrom Calcutta to Talchauano, Chili, with a cargo of bags. The following is the ■ mate's statement. We left Calcutta on Jan. 22. All went well till ..March 16, when a fire was discovered by the captain in the aftechold. He instantly called All hands to proceed to mfwtcr the .fire. Holes were cut in the cabin deck and water poured incessantly from 10 a.m. io 6 p.m. Finding it .impossible to extinguish the fire, we battened all down and shaped a course for the Bluff, being the „ -nearest port Several men who tried to .obtain bread from below were rendered iv- . sensible, and had to be carried on deck. „ made fair way till the night of Maroh . 18, when ib blew a heavy westerly gale , accompanied with terrific squalls. At 7 . a.m r on March 2.9 land was discovered on tHe starboard bow, distant about twelve miles, it being very hazy at the time. t '-Oniag to the fearful sea, the vessel laboured heavily. . ONE TEEMEND.OUS SEA -swept the foresail and foretopmast-staysail r.out of the bolt-ropes, also bursting the '.forecastle porto. Zt Bmashed the scuttle fore hatches, sweeping the decks of .everything moveable and bursting the •cabin, thus giving air to tho fire, which could not ba prevented though immense of water were .flooded in. The -men could, not man the pumps, being continually washed away. The carpenter mounded the well and found eight feet of water in the hold. By thia time the ship was to windward of the .North Cape, Auckland, Islands. , P.IVIHG UP AC£) fIOPB of savjsg the vessel, which was rapidly finking under foot, and being unable to lower the boats in such a sea, we squared the main yard and steered towards the rocks in <hopes of saving lite. Previous to striking we poured oil on the water over the stern, which greatly reduced the violence of the sea. All hands got on the jibboom. The vessel B.TET7GK WITH A GBEAT CRASH, and everyone made a jump for the rocks., some being.bruised. In ten minnt«a from the time we landed nothing but loose wreckage was to bo seen. The crew suffered severely froci want of food, clothing and rest till the dep.dt was discovered. Tke Bealer .Janet Eameay picked up the crew. The castaways were 103 days on the island. The. crew consiots of D. Jones, captain; F. Bates, mate; F. Cos, eecond =mate ; E. A. .Roberts and J. R. Clarkson, apprentices j H. Eoberts, JS. Steward. H. English (carpenter), F. Woods, J. Harding, D. Black, F. F. Wright, F. Englem, A. BlubteiyJohn Munnock and H. Brownetfc, A.8.'0. Peter Kalson, A*B., was lost in the bush, and though a thorough search was made for him no trace .could be found. Thiß is the only one of the crew missing. The survivors were taken, off the Aucklands by the sealing schooner Janet Ramsay on Monday last, and landed &t the Bluff to-day. They eKpresa great gratitude for the kindnosa chown ithein by the captain and crew of tke Janet Ramsay, who supplied them with, food ant other necessaries. [The Auckland Islands lie about 250 smiles to the southward of Stwrart Island, the largest of the group being about thirty ytf ilea long and fifteen cailes wide. The (islands are mountainous, and arc .covered witfh vegetation. There '£a bird-Zife in abundance, and depots of jjcoviaiorw are inaininia/jd for the use of *bipwxacked <3rejro.]

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A RESCUED CREW., Star, Issue 7209, 7 July 1891

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A RESCUED CREW. Star, Issue 7209, 7 July 1891