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from N.E. to S.E. ; , saw a large number of vessels of mainsail in towing into port brig Alvano, from Mawith loss of spars and sails.
tanzas, dismasted, 25 miles from Cape Henry, it bearRETURNED.-The schooner Silas Wright, which ing W. by N. Spoke and boarded ship Harkaway. sailed hence about the 5th instant, for St. Domingo, (The H. has since arrived in the roads.) returned, having encountered the late severe N.E.
Wednesday, September 9. gales-split sails, &c. On the 10th, fell in with a
Schooner C. C. Stratton, on the 9th, off Cape May. Baltimore brig, in distress, with 4 feet water in her
experienced a heavy gale of wind from E.N.E. to N.o. hold-blowing tremendously at the time--could ren.
W., during which was compelled to throw overboard der them no assistance. About same time saw a ship
the deck load, caused the vessel to leak, and sustained dismasted.
other damage. Brig Sterling experienced very heavy weather on
The bark John Enders, hence for Rio Janeiro, enthe 8th, 9th and 10ih ; lost stern boat, stove bulwarks,
countered the late gale in the Gulf Stream, and was so
disabled as to be obliged to put back. The Captain Ship H. Allen, from Charleston, for New York, has reports that while in the Stream' he saw four veshad a succession of bad weather; the 8th, 9th and sels made wrecks, and passed the dead bodies of four 10th had a very heavy gale from all points of the com horses and three men, besides great quantities of pass for 30 hours; it blew a perfect hurricane, with || goods that strewed the surface of the water.-Jour. a very cross irregular sea breaking over the ship in Com., Sept. 17. all directions. During the gale saw several vessels
Schr. Jane Yates, Boston. Early in the morning of crippled in spars by the gale, in lat. 34 20, lon. 76,
the 9th instant, experienced a tremendous gale from which continued to lat. 27 20, lon. 73 20; split sails
N.E., while at anchor under Cape May, which started and done other damage.
both anchors, and drove the schooner over the OverSchooner Charles P. Brown, from New York, en falls and on the Shears, when the Captain, for the precountered the gale on the 8th, off Barnegat, and was servation of those on board, was obliged to cut away driven down to the Gulf, and on the 11th, in a harri both masts; after which rode out the gale in safety. cane, was totally dismasted.
Schooner Tolerado, from Trinidad de Cuba, on Schooner Agawan, from Matanzas, on September September 9th, experienced a severe gale, which 8th, lat. 36, on the outward passage, encountered a split sails, started deck load of molasses, lost the tremendous hurricane, which lasted 5 days and four water casks and everything on deck. nights; after the gale saw considerable stuff, and a
On the 12th, lat. 38 26, loni. 73 40, the brig Rownumber of large trees in the Gulf.
land (arrived at this port) fell in with the wreck of Brig Eagle took the gale on the 8th, lat. 364, long. the schooner Livingston, and took off the Captain and 75. It lasted until 11th. Lost jib boom, with the four men, who had been on the wreck four days, withjibs furled upon it, and sprung foretopmast; was out anything to eat or drink : they lost all but what thrown on her beam ends while lying too under main
they stood in. The L sailed from Boston the 2d, topsail, cut away main topmast, threw overboard the bound to Philadelphia ; 9th, lat. 38 50, lon. 73 40, in deck load, and righted with three feet of water in the a gale from N.E. at 10 P.M., was tripped by a sea, hold, lost both boats, topmast, two jibs, staysail, fore capsized and filled with water. topgallant sail, and about one-third of the main sail,
Schooner Emma, on the 9th, lat. 38 30, long. 75, damaged topsail yards and strained the brig badly.
encountered a tremendous gale of wind from E.N.E. On the 10th, saw a brig, with all her spars gone, oxcopt foremast foreyard and bowsprit, with a signal of
to N.N.W., during which split foresail, lost boat, stove
bulwarks, lost part of deck-load, and sustained other distress flying, supposed her to be a herm. brig that
damage ; 12th, lat. 36 05, long. 74, saw a ship with had been in company with the E. two days before; had half deck, with a trunk, and was a good looking
mainmast gone; also, a bark with maintopmast vessel.
Schooner David had the gale of the 9th, off MonBrig Moses, New York, 8th, lat, 38 50, lon. 75,
tauk, laid too 72 hours, shipped several heavy seas, fell in with a heavy gale of wind from S.E. to N.,
broke bulwarks, stove long-boat, and lost deck load of which lasted to the 13th, during which time lost boat, stovo bulwarks, and lost part of the deck load, 11th,
coal. passed great quantities of barrels, spars and lumber,
Brig Haidee, on the 9th, lat. 32, lon. 73, in a gale appeared to be in the water a short time.
from N.E., lost off deck 44 hhds. molasses, stove Ship Patrick Henry, from New York, September
bulwarks. &c 8th, at Liverpool, October 3d, reports from night of
Brig Delaware, 9th, lat. 35 30, long. 74, in a gale sailing until ilth, had a heavy gale from E.N.E. On from Eastward, hove overboard part of deck load, lost 10th passed the wreck of a vessel totally dismasted. stern boat, had forescuttle swept away, stove caboose, 11th, lat. 37 long. 72, saw a brig dismasted with her lost bulwarks, &c. . spars alongside. On the 19th, in lat. 44, long. 50, Schooner Fidelity, from New York, put in to Norexperienced another violent gale from S.S.W. to W.
folk, with schooner Eliza, of East Albion, having fallost fore and main topsails, staysails and spencer, len in with her dismasted 15 miles N. of Smith's main-top-gallant mast, stove bulwarks, &c. On 24th,
Island, having been totally dismasted on Wednesday lat. 47, long. 57, passed a ship or bark under jury night, off Barnegat. masts, steering E. On 27th, in lat. 50, long. 22,
Brig Brothers, on the 9th, lat. 38 30, long. 73 10, passed a brig steering E., with loss of mainmast.
experienced a hurricane, which hove the vessel on The Henry, from Apalachicola, for Liverpool, on
her beam ends, remaining in that situation for 6 hours, September 8th, 9th and 10th, experienced heavy
and to right her, had to cut away the foremast, gales from S.W. to N.E., which split sails, &c.; on
which carried with it all the standing rigging atthe 19th, in lat. 41, long. 56, experienced a hurricane
tached. from S.E., lost headrails, bulwarks and sails, and
Bark Sarah Sheaf, at Apalachicola from Liverpool, threw overboard part of the deck load.
reports on Sept. 9th, in a gale of wind, Nicholas Van Schooner Splendid, from the 8th to the 14th, lat.
Appin, fell from the foreyard and was instantly killed. from 35 16 to 34 47, experienced very heavy weather from N.E. to N.W.; split sails and carried away bob
Brig Emblem, on the 9th, lat. 39 26, lon. 72 54, exstay; a heavy cross sea running, which made a con
per,enced a heavy gale from N.E., lost part of dcek - stant breach over the vessel, causing her to leak.
load of lumber. A letter in a Newbern, North Carolina, paper, in Nag's Head, Sept. 9.-The schooner Anthracophara speaking of the gale, says that at Cape Hatteras not is on shore two miles north of Jackey's Ridge. Sails more than six houses are left standing.
from Jersey City, bound to Virginia ; also a schooner, Schooner Wando, from Newport, bound to Charles.
same place and destination, and owned by the same
person, about six miles south of this. All saved and ton, in distress. Encountered the late gale in lat. 49,
vessels in good order, only high upon the beach. A on Tuesday, and lost spars, split sails, stove bulwarks,
large ship lies dismasted off the hotel, and four miles split centre-board, &c., besides leaking freely. Spoke 14th inst. bark Stephen Brewer, bound to South Ame
from land, at anchor, with decks swept. We have
this moment a north-east gale, so strong that the packet rica, 75 miles E.S.E. of Cape Henry, who kindly sup. W
cannot go out. The packet from E. City is on the plied the schooner with provisions, &c.
beach, about 300 yards from water, one on Roanoke ; Pilotboat Relief, Topping, from a cruise, with loss and one capsized between this and Roanoke. My
house, on the sand, with all its contents is gone-blown away. Sept. 10th, 4 o'clock: the schooner Baltimore from Philadelphia, Capt. Knight, bound to Kingston, Jr., has come ashore five miles north of the hotel, cargo saved, damaged, crew all saved. The ship has dragged nearer in shore and opposite to the hotel. Gale from N.E. now blowing. "Several horses have been drowned, and several families barely escaped with their lives.
Schooner Berry, from Fall River, in distress, encountered the gale on Wednesday night off Chincoteaque, and lost flying jib, gaft topsail, and staysail, &c., and stove bulwarks and rails on the starboard side, and lost chain boxes, galley, &c.
Schooner Sea Nymph, from Bucksport, bound to Galveston, encountered the gale in lat. 39; split foretopsail to pieces, broke jib boom, jaws of main gaff, lost part of deck load, and had deck swept of every thing, besides straining the vessel and causing her to leak badly.
Schooner Willow, from Thomaston, bound to Richmond, in distress, with loss of foresail, jib, boat stove and decks swept of every thing.
Pilotboat Virginia, Latimer, from a cruise, spoke on 13th, Cape Henry bearing W. by N. 100 miles distant, schooner Wm. B. Brown, from New York, bound to Norfolk, with both masts gone; offered tow, but the captain declined. Spoke 7th, off Smith's Island, brig Josephine, from Philadelphia, bound to Charleston.
Shipwreck.-Lives Lost.-During the gale on Wednesday last, the schooner White Oak, hence for Bergen Iron Works, with a cargo of lime, was driven ashore on the Jersey coast, at Cranberry Inlet, below Sandy Hook Light. Her crew escaped in safety, but preserved nothing. She has gone to pieces. Another schooner drifted ashore in the same gale, a little north of the White Oak, and went to pieces immediately. Efforts were made to save the captain and crew, but they were fruitless : all on board perished in the terrible surf which raged at the time. The scene of this disaster is within a stone's throw of the place where the ship John Minturn was lost; and, as in that case, the same mysterious current which sets in to the Jersey coast, during northern and north-east gales, was noticed on Wednesday morning, at an average speed of six or eight miles an hour.–Sun.
THE LATE STORM.—The recent gale from the northeast has, it is feared, been the cause of considerable damage to the shipping along our coast. The correspondent of the exchange at Lewis, Del., mentions the following vessels as having been driven ashore in that vicinity. The brig Olive Branch, with a load of coal for Boston, parted her moorings on Wednesday morning last, and striking on the outer bar, bilged and filled; the captain and crew escaped in the long boat. The schooner John C. Demarest, from New York to Virginia, also parted her moorings on the same day, and was driven ashore half a mile below the Mole, where she still remains, high and dry. The schooner J. R. Marks, from Norwich, bound to this port, went ashore on the evening of Wednesday, about two miles south of Cape Henlopen, and, with about 15 tons of merchandize, is supposed to be a total loss.-Phil. Ledger, Saturday.-J.C. Sept. 14.
Brig Elizabeth, from Leghorn, reports July 26th, 25 miles to the eastward of Gibraltar, passed a ship, supposed to be the Gaston of New-York. Sept. 9th, experienced a violent gale from N.E., which continued to blow a perfect hurricane for several hours.
Bark Levant-experienced a continuation of violent gales from N.E. to N.W. from the 9th to the 11th inst.; sustained no damage however.
Arrived brig Gen. Pinckney, Baltimore. On the 10th inst. 12 miles south of Cape Henry, saw a brig riding at anchor, dismasted. Same day, 10 miles north of Nag's Head, spoke a brig with both masts gone close to the deck, bulwarks stove and boats carried away; supposed her to be a U. S brig of war. The officer of the dismasted vessel requested Capt. Gale to board him, but it blowing a heavy gale from the north at the time, Capt. G. could not do it with safety.
Capt. Richmond, of the bark Nicholas Brown, reported on the passage out, having fallen in with the wreck of a schr. dismasted and full of water, also a large vessel, apparently a ship, bottom up, also passed a quantity of hay in bundles, and several bead of cattle, pieces of vessels, spars, &c. The N, B. en- | saw a number of vessels disabled. 12th, lat. 38, 30, sheathing for a few inches, but causing no material countered the gale of Sept. 9th and 10th, but receive long. 73, 40, spoke brig Joseph hence for Cardenas, 1 damage. The pilot, John Akin, was knocked down, ed no material damage.
with loss of both masts ; 14th, lat. 36, 40, long, 73, but not seriously injured. Brig Savannah on the 9th, 10th and 11th, experien
30, spoke schr. Charles P. Smith, hence for Norfolk, Porto Rico, Sept. 16, 1846.-A tremendous galo ced a heavy gale of wind from E.S.E. to E.N.E.; 10:h, with loss of both masts.
passed over this Island on the 12th inst. doing great passed a quantity of drift timber and bbls., 1 large
Friday, September 11.
damage in life and property. The French frigate Miwater cask ; directly after, lat. 36. 15, passed the wreck
Brig Joseph Bryant, on the 11th, on the edge of thridate, the Spanish schooners Gran Remedio, Isabel of a vessel, the bows only out of water and bowsprit
the Gulf, spoke brig S. G. Bass from Eastport for Alex 2d, Teresa, and the sloops Three Brethren and Little gone ; blowing a gale at the time could not get near andria, with loss of main and fore-top-gallant masts,
Margaret dragged their anchors and went ashore, somo her. 11th, saw a dismasted schr., a signal of distress and decks swept of every thing.
were totally lost and others sustained great injury.-flying; blowing a gale at the time, could render them
Schr.J. P. Holt, 11th passed several parts of wrecks,
The Teresa suffered most, that of the loss of the capno assistance, wore ship to lay by her, but lost her in
tain, and four colored passengers, and captain Jose the night; could not make out her name, saw Newamongst which were the part of a cabin: shortly after
Baregeo of the 1st Batallion of Ponce Militia. No acYork on her stern.
saw a wreck to leeward dismasted, kept off for her,
count of any American vessel being injured. Brig Lucy Ann, from Boston for Mobile, experienced as we made them saw another wreck with both masts
Sunday, September 13. a succession of severe gales from the 9th to the 12th
gone, about 20 feet of the foremast standing, saw six stove bulwarks, boats, &c., and sustained considerable
Charleston, Sept. 16.–Arr. ship Apollo, from Havre, persons on board ; she appeared to be a new vessel damage in sails and rigging. Passed on the 10th a
experienced heavy gales on the coast; 13th, lat. 34, 12 of about 160 tons, high deck, swept of everything, bark with bowsprit and fore-top-gallant mast gone. boats and davits gone. The first vessel proved to be
long. 73, 20, saw a full rigged brig with loss of fore
top-mast and maintop gallant mast; Sunday, saw sclır. The schr. Robin Hood, at Savannah, reports having a ship; as we saw a fore and aft schooner running
Helen of Boston, with loss of maintopmast; 15th, experienced very heavy weather from the 9th to the down for the ship, we bore away for the brig, which
lat. 22, 40, long. 77, saw a brig standing to the south13th, lost boat, gally clavits, chain boxes, mainsail, fore proved to be the Helen McLeod, of and for Baltimore, sail, jib, and foretop split. On the 10th, shifted deck had a signal of distress flying; the captain reported 3
ward with loss of maintopmast. load the vessel laboring heavily, had to keep her or 4 feet water in the hold and in a sinking condition ;
Steamer Palmetto, from Philadelphia bound to Brabefore the wind and sea; riggiug badly damaged, I advised him to use his utmost endeavors to keep her
zos St. Jago, on Sunday 13th, 6 A.M. clear weather vessel leaking and very much strained.
afloat until an opportunity offered of boarding him ; and heavy sea, 5 to 8 in the stream making 9 knots, The Weather-ITS EFFECTS UPON FRUIT.—The
her deck had been swept of boats, galley, i bulwarks saw two ships under jury masts, bound east. 14th, gone; they had cut away her stanchions and had a
at 12 o'clock, boarded and supplied U. S. brig Washheat continues intense-the mercury rising to near 90. Probably in no season for many years has there been raft of spars ready to launch overboard when it should
ington with a boat, she having lost boats, anchors, so great a degree of heat, and that, too, so long conbecome necessary; we kept off and spoke the fore
carried away both masts, thrown overboard guns, &c. tinued. We understand from
The captain and 11 seamen were washed overboard, and aft schr. before mentioned ; she was under bare various sources that
poles, appeared to be repairing her sails ; I requested peaches are beginning to rot on the trees. One farmer,
she was under jury masts, lat. 75, 10, long. 36, 40.
The P. left a herm. brig alongside the Washington to about three miles from the city, says that his peach
the captain to keep company and lay by the brig until
render any assistance that might be required; 15th, crop is threatened with entire destruction-scarcely he said his vessel was a complete wreck, but he would
light S.W. wind, heavy sea ; 16th, 6 A.M. blowing a peach being left untouched by the rot. Another farmer from an opposite direction, makes the same lay by her; I then ran under the brig's lee and hove
very heavy, put head to sea and housed the topmasts; complaint, and adds that the rot has also attacked his too-lay by her until 2 o'clock when it came on to
laboring hard, threw overboard the deck load, engine
would not work but by hand-wind N.E. and inblow a complete hurricane from the southward, furled pears.-Rochester Adv.—Jour. Com. Sept. 10. every thing except a ballanced reeted mainsail: saw
creasing, blowing a gale ; 10 P.M. tacked ship and The weather, which, for nearly a fortnight, was such the brig's foremast go by the deck, taking the main
ran before it with fore spencer set, and engine hooked as to remind one of the tasks of the Fire King, has, topmast with it, the sea breaking all over her ; the
on-vessel working much easier. since the last three days, been so cold as to make peo. last time I spoke her we saw several passengers on Ship Alkmer on the 13th, lat 34, 15, long. 70, exple think of their winter clothing.-Montreal Herald, board ; saw one lady standing in the doorway of the perienced a violent gale of wind from S.E. to S.S.W. Sept. 10.
house,--and my crew say they saw two more. I which lasted for two days, during which carried away The Captain of the brig Lady of the Lake, bound should say there were 15 males on board-lay too maintopmast, foretopgallant yard, lost and split saile, from New York to Hamilton, Bermuda, boarded the until 4 P.M. when we had ranged ahead of them 11 injured head of mainmast, stove bulwarks ; and susschooner Bath, from Baltimore, for Texas, dismasted miles, tried to wear ship to keep under her lee, got tained other injuries, and had one of her crew badly and abandoned. He found a note nailed up in the before the wind, when it blew harder than ever, and injured. cabin, stating that she capsized about 36 miles from as I had a heavy deck load on, I did not deem it pru
Brig Clara, from Demarara, on Sunday, the 13th, Hatteras, on the 9th September, and that there was a deni to heave to again, we scudded before the wind
lat. 22, 30, long. 92, in a hurricane, had to cut away lady and two children passengers, and that the two which was E.S.E. to S.S.E. for eight hours in the
the topmast, and after getting up a jury mast, on the children were drowned; the rest were taken off on heaviest gale I ever saw. On the 12th, saw three
29th. lat. 32, long. 75, 46, scudding at the time, the the 18th, by a whale ship (the name being defaced vessels to wind ward apparently in distress, with loss
wind suddenly shifting from S.E. to S.W. was struck the Captain could not make out where she was from of spars and sails, making for the Capes of Va.
by a sea on the quarter, carrying away stern boat and or bound.)
Schr. Maria, from St. Thomas, on the 11th and 12th | davits; 30th, shipped wheel; when, vessel broachThursday, September 10.
in the Gulf stream, experienced a very severe gale of ing too, was knocked down, and to right and get her Earthquake at Trinidad.
wind, but sustained no damage. On the 14th, at 6 before the wind had to cut away mainmast.
P.M.; off Cape Hatteras passed the wreck of a vessel EQUINOXIAL Gale.-From Barbadoes.-The Bri
Ship Monument, from Liverpool for Charleston, on of about 160 tons, eastern built, some of the spars tish brigantine Bermuda, arrived at this port yester
the 13th in a gale from the south split sails. floating alongside; the whole of her stern gone; could day, from Barbadoes, brings accounts of a very disas
not make out who she was, had been but a short time trous storm passing over that Island on Saturday,
Monday, September 14. in that condition. On the 17th, at 6 A.M. off the sand September 10th. The weather for several days prehills at Currituck, passed a dismasted vessel at anchor
Schr. Retrieve on the 14th, lat. 26, long. 69, 30, ex vious gave evidence of its approaching. in about 12 fathoms water; astern of her saw two
perienced a heavy gale from E. to S. which lasted to Besides the blowing down of a few houses, the wrecks on the beach ; at 7 o'clock spoke brig Eatrin
the 16th ; was hove on her beam ends, cut away the gale done but little injury on the land. The shipof New York, under jury masts, standing for Cape
weather rigging of the foremast when both masts went ping in port was made to suffer most. There were Henry. Off False Cape saw a large vessel with part
by the board, carrying with them all the rigging and eleven sail of vessels lying at anchor in the harbor of one mast standing, lying at anchor; also one at
spars attached ; stove bulwarks, lost boats and receiv(Carlisle Bay) only one American, (barque Dunlap); anchor about six miles south of Cape Henry, with only
ed other damage. all others British. The barque Caleb Agnes, from
one mast standing; on the pitch of the Cape a herm Brig Puritan, from Demarara, for New-York. The London, brig Fame, schooners Agnes, and Manches
brig ashore, with a steamer alongside; at 9 A.M. saw P. has passengers and part of the crew of the brig ter, and sloop Mary Ann, all were driven from their
a brig with a dismasted vessel in tow inside the Cape Emily of Philadelphia, which vessel was wrecked at anchorages, cast on the neighboring reef and broken
and a dismasted brig under jury masts, both standing Salt Key on the 14th of Sept., spoke Sept. 23d, at to pieces. The American barque Dunlap rode out
lat, 24, 40, long. 71, 45, brig Rebecca, 9 days from the gale most nobly, sustaining no injury.- Baltimore
for Hampton Roads, wind E.N.E.
Philadelphia, having on board the captain and crew of
the brig Benjamin, which they had previously taken Schr. H. R. Roberts on the 10th, lat. 39, long. 75,
Earthquake at Deerfield, N.H.
from the wreck ; blowing hard at the time, could not encountered a heavy gale from N.E. to E.S.E. which Captain 8. of brig Imogene, reports that in a gale get the particulars. Sept. 27, lat. 30, 25, long. 73, 30, lasted 24 hours, was compelled to throw over the on the 12th of Sept., five British vessels were driven passed the wreck of the brig Maria, L. Hill. No perdeck load, the vessel laboring much ; 12th, tremen ashore at Barbadoes, and totally lost.
son on board. dous squalls from N.E., shipping heavy seas and sweep The ship Emily Morgan, outward bound from New
Tuesday, September 15. ing the moveables off deck ; lat. 36 20, long. 75, saw Bedford, was struck by lightning during the storm several lower masts of vessels, together with water
Earthquake at Cape Haytien. on Saturday evening, while lying at anchor under casks, hatchway, rigging, companion way, &c. Pass Pensue. The fluid struck the maintop-gallant mast,
Schr. Suffolk, from Port au Prince, on the 15th, exed several vessels continually during the passage in a shivering the truck, the topmost cap, and several
perienced a heavy gale from S. S. W., split sails, &c. crippled state. blocks, and severing the mizen stay in its passage
EARTHQUAKE.--We leard from captain Baxter of Brig Alcenus, from Matanzas for New-York, expe downwards, and finally descended into the hold by
schooner Jerome, from Cape Haytien, that a shock of rienced heavy gales on the 10th, 11th and 12th, lat. the chain-pipes, whence it passed out on both sides of
an earthquake was felt there on the 15th of Septem33, 30, long. 73, 39, blowing heavy during the time; the ship at the water's edge, starting the copper and |
ber, which lasted about an hour. No damage done.
: Brig Oscar, of Portsmouth, before reported de. l) and notwithstanding they made signals of distress by stroyed by fire, at Port Spain, was struck by light- || waving pieces of old canvass and an old sheet, she ning on the 15th of September, and was totally con pressed on without taking any notice of them—which sumed.
had she done, two men's lives might have been saved.
They only saw one other vessel, which they think WRECK OF THE Brig Rienzi of Boston.-16 lives
passed too far off to see them, although they could see her lost.--Extract from the log-book of ship Minerva. hull. Capt. Small has left a wife and six children to Saturday, Sept. 26, lat. 37, 30, long. 48, 30 at 5 P.M.
mourn his loss, and that of his two sons. The remainmade a wreck on the larboard bow ; hauled close to der of the crew, with but one exception, were young the wind—which brought her 3 points on the weather
men not more than 16 to 22 years of age, and all unbow, the wind being light; approached her very slow
married. The brig Rienzi was about 8 years old, of ly, and & past 6 lost sight of her altogether, previously
100 tons burthen, and owned by Philip A. Lock, of taking her bearings-sent the boat to see if there were
Boston, and the remainder was owned by the Captain. any persons on board. After providing the boat with
She had been about 5 months out, and had on board a compass, signal, lantern, and a bucket of fresh water,
470 barrels sperm oil, and was returning home full at the boat was manned by the first officer and four men ;
the time of the disaster. after pulling for about an hour in the direction of the wreck, they smelt something to windward similar to
Brig Linder, from Charleston, had bad weather, the carcass of a whale; they pulled directly to wind
off Hatteras, on the 15th and 16th. ward, and very soon discovered the wreck; made a Bark George Henry, from Salt Key, Turks Island, signal to the ship, and she hove to under the lee of for New York. On the 15th and 16th September had the wreck. As we neared the wreck, heard cries of | a tremendous hurricane, stove bulwarks, galley, and distress and suceeded in rescuing the survivors, whose received other damage. 19th, fell in with brig Ma. names were James S. Dyer. 2d officer; George Ban. tilda, of and from New York for Balize bay, would try ten, Appleton Lathe, Loyd Brown and George L. to get into some of the Islands; she had a foretop mast Howe, seamen. The poor fellows were mere skele. up for a foremast, and the main boom for the main tons, one being delirious and would have probably mast; her larbored sails was badly chafed by the died during the night if he had not been relieved. - W falling masts, but did not leak any ; the Captain was They were taken on board and their wants adminis. | sick, but he kept on deck; his mate was also sick tered to. The following particulars of their disaster, and unable to do duty; he desired no assistance. we have from Mr. Dyer, ad officer of the Rienzi: She sailed on the 3d of April last from Provincetown,
Wednesday, September 16. on a whaling voyage, with the follnwing named crew : Earthquake at St. Domingo City. Captain Small; 1st officer, I. Small (captain's son); Ship Pactolus, from Havre, from the 16th to the 2d officer James S. Dyer ; 3d officer, Jaines H. Small 26th, experienced very heavy gales from the west(captain's son); boat steerers, E. Weeks, G. B. Cook, ward ; in lat. 25, lon. 30 West, lost jibboom, and had and J. F. Cook, all of Provincetown, Mass., W.P. Heck
a close reefed mainsail blown away. er and F. Coyle, ot Boston, seamen: H. Cannon of Mil
Schooner Isaac Townsend had been totally disford, Pa., R. Merritt of Weathersfield, Conn., J. Wheelock, of Springfield, Mass., George Bunton, of Man
masted, and otherwise injured, in the gale of the chester, N. H., J. Martin, of Lowell, Mass., George
16th. L. Howe, Appleton Lathe, George Campbell, G. W.
The brig Benj. L. Swan, 13 days from St. Croix, Martin, Geo. Fields, Lloyd Brown, of Westchester, bound to New Haven, at New-York, reports : The Mass., and George Porter, of Fredericktown, N. B., Island was visited on the 13th ultimo by a very severe all seamen. On the 15th of Sept. experienced a severe gale of wind and rain, but no very great damage done, gale from 8.8.W. at about 11 P.M. the fore spencer with the exception of blowing down trees. On Sept. was blown away. The gale increasing at about 1 A. 23d, in lat. 29 30, long. 70, spoke the schooner ReM. on the 16th, the balance reefed mainsail, under trieve, Nickerson, from Boston, bound to the Bay of which sail the brig was lying to, was entirely blown Honduras, with both masts gone, in a gale experienced away ; the gale still increasing every moment, and the
on the 16th ult. and making the best of her way to brig lying almost on her beam ends, cut away the Charleston-wished to be reported. boats to ease her. Capt. Small then ordered the fore Bark Louisiana, on the 16th, lat. 28 30, long. 71, topmast to be cut away, as the only means of saving experienced a heavy gale of wind from S.E. to N.E., the vessel. The rigging was accordingly cut, and a
during which was hove on her beam ends ; cut away man sent aloft to saw of the mast, but in going aloft, the weather rigging, when all three masts went over lost the saw overboard, and was returning with a hatch the side, carrying with them all the spars, sails and et, when the brig was knocked down, the hatches rigging attached; shisted store and damaged most of burst off, and the vessel immediately filled with water. the cargo; caused the vessel to leak; stove bulwarks, She remained in that situation 20 minutes, when she water casks, and sustained other damage. 13th, lat. wore round and righted, completely dismasted, with 35 17, long. 72 15, saw a brig, with loss of fore and nothing remaining on deck and a perfect wreck. main topmasts ; 15th, saw a schooner, with loss of Capt. Small, his mate, and young son, about 16 years both foretop masts. of age, together with two boat steerers, ship keeper, and steward were drowned in the cabin. Mr. Dyer
Ship Anson, from Charleston, on the 16th and 17th, was also in the cabin, but succeeded in getting on deck.
experienced heavy gales from N.N.E. to N.E., a heavy Some of the crew were drowned in the forecastle and sea breaching completely over the ship, carried away others were washed overboard at the time of the dis her sails, topsail sheets, bitts, standing rigging, and aster. Two boys, George Mann died the day before, blew away and split the sails, and received other and George Campbell died the night previous to the damage. rescue of the survivors, from hunger and fatigue.
Bark J. W. Cater, from St. Domingo City, on the No pen can depict the sufferings of the remaining
16th and 17th, experienced a heavy gale from N.E.,
which lasted 48 hours. crow. All the provisions they had for ten days, was about half a deck bucket of bread, which had been
Thursday, September 17. soaked for 48 hours in salt water. The day before
Brig Casco, from Salt Key, on the 17th. lat. 32, they were taken off, they caught a shark by means of
long. 72 30, experienced a severe gale from E. N.E., a bowline, the liver of which they ate raw. They
but received no damage. Same night passed a vessel tried to drink the blood, but found it too bitter. Al
of about 250 or 300 tons burthen, totally dismasted ;the water they had during their stay on the wreck,
she displayed her light, and we answered it, when they caught by putting an old sheet in the rain during
she put hers out; therefore thought she needed no asa shower, and wringing it when it became wet ; in
sistance; if she had, could have rendered none, as the this way they procured about 2 quarts in all. They were almost without clothing, and for seven days the
sea was ruuning very high. sea made a continual breach over them, and they could
Brig Fashion lost mainmast in part, and foremast only keep on the wreck by lashing themselves; with entirely gone, in a heavy gale on the 17th, in lat. 30 the exception of the last day they were on the wreck
10, W. long. 70 31. The Captain represents the galo they had no place dry whatever, and then only a
as being the most severe one he ever experienced. small place aft, the brig being entirely under water Bark Sharon, from Matanzas, on the 17th, lat. 33 24, forward and amid ships. On the 18th, at about 8 A.M. long. 68, experienced a tremendous hurricane from they were passed by a brig steering to the eastward ; || E.N.E. round the compass, and lasted 48 hours; she came so near that they could see men on her decks, during the gale sprung a leak, found it impossible to
keep her free during the gale; after the gale found 29 inches of water in her ; had the gale lasted a little longer, should have been obliged to cut away our masts ; split foresail and sprung the jib boom.
Also, ship Harriet & Jesse, from Havre. 17th alt. lat. 45 34, long. 24, experienced a gale of wind from N.N.W., during which split maintopsail and staysail, and main spencer; while lying to, 13th instant, off Charleston bar, experienced a tremendous gale of wind, during which lost close reefed foretopsail, forelopmast, staysails, main spencer split; wore ship at 10), head to E.; reefed foresail to keep ship off the shore, no sooner set than split to pieces ; the sea at the time making a complete breach over the ship; carried away starboard head rails and head boards.
Antigua, 12th Oct.—The bark Chancellor arrived here on the 9th instant, from New Haven. Experienced a heavy gale on the 17th September, in lat. 37, long. 69, from E.S.E.; shifted to the E., thence to the N. and N.W.; lost 36 horses, part of hay, &c.; split some of her sails. Fell in with on the 16th September, lat, 37 45, long. 69 54, bark Meteor, of Alexandria, from Baltimore, to St. Thomas, dismasted and full of water. Took from her two seamen, Joseph Denny and John Tbompson; the second officer died about half an hour previously to being boarded by the Chancellor. The master, mate, four seamen and cook, were washed overboard on the 8th September, off Cape Horn. At about 14 miles S. by E. from the former, fell in with the schooner Callao, of New York, bound to Charleston, having lost her foremast, sails and rudder, and decks swept, and badly leaking; took from her the master, mate and four seamen. The schooner was dismasted the 8th of Sept.
Schooner Florida, on the 17th, off Cape Fear Light, bearing N.N.W., 18 fathoms water, in a gale carried away the mainmast about 15 feet from the deck.
Schooner E. S. Powell, on the 17th, experienced | very heavy weather, sustained great injury to sails, lost boat, &c.
Friday, September 18. Schooner Amensoda, (Portuguese) 32 days from Fayal. September 18, lat. 36 45, long. 65° 15, experienced a tremendous gale, and was knocked on her beam ends, carried away flying jibboom, and received other damage.
French bark L'Ange Gardien, from Havre. In a heavy gale on the 18th, lat. 37 54, long. 67 19 W. carried away while being hove too, topmast, royalmast, &c., and lost mizen topsail. Fell in with in gulfstream, a schooner under water, masts only out; a dead cow or ox was lying on deck, and marked goods floating around her.
Brig Amazon, at Gloucester, from Surinam, took the gale of September 18th, in lat. 34, long. 69, from S.S.E., and at night split main-topsail, strained the vessel badly and injured the rigging. On the 19th, the wind hauling S.W. and increasing in violence, the brig was put before the wind and scudded under bare poles twenty-four hours, at the end of which time she had run about three degrees.
British brig Maria, September 26, lat. 45, lon. 39 30, spoke British brig Violet, of Belfast, took from her two seamen, part of the crew (14 in number) of the British ship Emerald, of and for St. Johns, N.B., who lost her masts and filled with water, in a hurricane, 18th September, was on the wreck four days and lost everything. The V. took them off 21st September. The Maria, on the 20th September, lat. -, long. experienced a hurricane from 8.W, to N.; and ex® perienced the late gale off Fire Island, but sustained no damage.
Packet ship Waterloo, from Liverpool, on the 18th, lat. 42 30, long. 60, experienced a gale from S.E. to N.N.E.; at 3 P.M., 19th, blowing with extreme violence, when all three topgallant masts, together with the head of maintopmast broke off, the sails blown from the yards, the only sail left being the jib, mainsail, and mizzen topsail, out of an entire suit; was obliged to cut much of the rigging to save the remaining spars ; 20th, was in company with a ship, with the loss of her main and mizzen topgallant masts and maintopsail yards ; same time saw a fishing schooner with loss of sails ; same day saw a bark steering East, without any sail set on her mainmast,
Ship Shakspeare, from Havre, on the 18th, lat. 43
20, long. 62, experienced a heavy gale from S.E. to against the ship. At 4 the wind increased to a heavy “See," said a gentleman to me, “no one conver N.., and continued 12 hours with such violence that storm, and the sea running most furiously at the ship. ses, no one reads-all are engaged, each with his own it blew nearly all the sails from the yards after they The wind veering to the N. W. at the same time, and thoughts; and if my wife and children were here, I were furled. At 12 o'clock at midnight lost Daniel the ship breaking off into the trough of the sea, ren confess, my feelings would be of the most distressing Mathews and John Bond, seamen, from the fore dered our situation more critical. A great quantity of character. “But,” said I, “they suffer in your topsail yard. The former fell overboard and the lat. water got into the engine room from the sea breaking loss.” “Very true; yet it is is only a question of ter fell on deck and survived about one hour.
over the ship, which was pumped out by the lee bilge time, and, whether sooner or later, God's will be Ship Calamut, on the 18th and 19th, when in the pump.”
done." Southern edge of the Gulf Stream, experienced a
Sunday morning most of the passengers assembled "At noon, storm and sea raging in all its fury, sea fearful hurricane, which knocked her on her beam in the cabin and saloon. Their haggard faces told too still breaking over the ship, a heavy sea struck the ends, blew nearly all her sails from the yards, carried surely of the sleepless and anxious night which had larboard paddle box and smashed it to atoms; sprung away flying jibboom, blew three of her boats to piec passed. Even those most ignorant of nautical affairs the spring beam, breaking the under half; shaitered es, and badly stove the fourth.
could not fail to discover that we were in the midst the parts of the ship attached thereto. A splinter Bark Swan, from Havana, lost fore and maintop of great peril. Few could dress with their accustomed struck the captain on the head while standing on the masts, with everything attached, in the gale of the
care owing to the violent pitching and constant rolling poop, and the force of the blow, together with the sea, 18th and 19th ; was knocked down and sprung a
of the vessel. The stewards abandoned any attempt carried him over the lee quarter, and he was only leak.
to prepare the breaktast table, and both then, and saved by the nettings. Bark Goretto, from Bordeaux, in lat. 43 46, lon. 33 throughout the day, were obliged to content them “After this sea had passed over, we found the 36, experienced a very heavy gale on the 18th, 19th,
selves with bringing such articles of food as were most water had gained on the pumps; the wind appeared and 20th, in which lost the round-house, and received
convenient, to those who felt any disposition to eat. to lull a little and the ship a little easier, but still blowother damage.
"11 o'clock, A. M. A heavy sea broke over the ing a storm. All the hatches, except those made use Saturday, September 19.
fore-part of the starboard wheel house, or paddle box, of for passing into the engine room were buttened
which started the ice house, and large iron life boat, down, and the skylights partially covered. The weaFishing schooner Glide reports, 21st, lat. 434. long. from their fastenings and washed them to leeward, ther continued the same until midnight, at which 06, spoke British ship Victoria, with loss of main and and with much difficulty they were temporarily se time it lulled for half an hour." mizzen masts, and two men badly wounded, supposed cured.
The log conveys to the reader some idea of the in the gale of the 19th ; also passed, 26th, four dis To understand this, the reader must bear in mind state of the ship and effects of the storm on Sunday, masted ships, but did not speak them.
that the Great Western is, so to speak, three stories at noon. Its effects on those below can be best given Ship Burlington, from Liverpool, 23d, lat. 44, long. high forward and aft, and two in the waist or middle in the words of a gentleman who remained the greater 32 30, spoke British ship Jane, from London, bound of the ship: aft, there is the lower story or cabin, part of the time in the cabin. to Quebec. She had been knocked down in the gale above it, the saloon, the roof or covering of which is To convey an idea of the appearance of all around, of the 19th, had to cut away the masts to right her, the quarter deck, and may for the purpose of descrip is out of my power. In the words of Sheridan, “ the having considerable water in her hold; was obliged tion be considered as a third story. In the waist or tempest roamed in all the terror of its glory." The to throw overboard part of the cargo to lighten the middle, the lower story is occupied by the engine atmosphere was surcharged with a thick spray, renyessel ; they wanted some spars, which we were un room, the roof or covering of which is the main deck. dering a look far out to seaward, impossible. The able to furnish; he was returning to London, or the On this main deck, in the centre, are placed the wind howled, roared and bellowed, like the constant nearest port. The B. lost boats in the gale and one chimney, gallies, and ice house. The various offices mutterings of the thunder cloud. Huge waves of man overboard, but succeeded in getting him on board
appertaining to the stewards and police of the ship at tremendous height and volume, rose in mad display again.
the sides. This part is open above, and protected by around the ship, threatening every moment to break Ship Leibnitz Sluboom, of and for Hamburg, from
the wheel houses and sides of the ship, which rise to over us, amidships and crush the vessel. Sea after sea New York, about 16th ult. was spoken about 30th ult.
the height of 14 feet. The width of the paddle box striking us with terrific noiso, caused the gallant ship lat, 41, long. 61), and supplied with sails, spars, &c. is about 12 feet. The ice house contained some seven to stop for an instant, tremble and shake in every by the Iliad, at Halifax, having received damage in or eight tons of ice, and was fastened by cleets and timber from her stem to her stern post, reeling and the gale of the 19th.
staunchions. Let the reader imagine the force of the lurching, tossed to and fro, again would she gather • British brig Agenoria, from Quebec, for Exeter, || sea, and the height of the wave, which, rising over fresh strength, and with her wheels half hid in the was dismasted and waterlogged in the gale of Sept. the paddle box, struck the ice house, and the large wild waters, again and again receive the thundering 19, and was abandoned 22d, lat. 48, long. 33, the mas- || iron life boat above it, twisted them from their fast blows of an element that seemed armed for our deter and five men being destitute of provisions and lenings, breaking the ice house into two parts, ripping struction. water, going on board bark Joanna, of St. John, N. | off the planks, crushing the starboard companion The sails on the yards, strongly secured by ropes B. One man had been drowned, and three others way, and only prevented from making a clear breach and gaskets, were blown from their surls and streamhad died of starvation,
in the sides of the ship, by a sudden lurch to port. ed out to leeward in ribbons. But all this was noWhale ship Brakanza put into Rio Janeiro in con
Meantime the wind howled most frightfully through thing. About 1 P. M., whilst most of us were seated sequence of damage in a gale on September 19, in the rigging.
in agonizing suspense in the lower cabin, holding fast which sprung mainmast, lost light spars, some sails,
“At 11 o'clock and 15 minutes A. M. attempted to to the tables and settees, a sea struck the vessel, and &c.
wear ship, to get her on the other tack (thinking she a tremendous crash was heard on deck ; instantly the The steamship Great Western, B. R. Matthows,
would be easier,) as the wind still continued to veer cabin was darkened, and torrents of water came pourEsq., Commander, left Liverpool at 4 o'clock, P. M.,
to northward. Lowered the after gaffs down; man ing down upon us through the sky lights.
ned the fore rigging, and loosened the weather yard Saturday, September 12th, havinglon board one hun
Scarcely had the waters reached the floor, when all dred and twenty-six passengers, captain, five officers,
arm of the foresail, to pay her off, but found it had in the cabins and state rooms sprang to their feet, and five engineers, and seventy-four crew, in all two hun
no effect. Therefore let her come to again. In the simultaneously, as if by concert, the ladies uttered a
mean time the square sails blew away from the yards. red and eleven persons.
scream of agony, so painful, so fearful, and so despair
11 30 A. M. The lee quarter boats were torn from The weather, generally, was pleasant for the season
ing, the sound of it will never be forgotten ; and of the year, and our progress good, averaging 200
the davits by a heavy lee lurch of the ship, bending heaven grant that such a wail of anguish may never
the davits, tearing out the ring bolts from their stems again be heard by me. Several fainted-others clasped miles a day. Saturday, Sept. 19th, lat. 48 34, lon. 37 43, at 4 and sterns.
their hands in mute despair, whilst many “called aloud P. M., light airs from the S. E. and foggy, with light
Word was passed among the passengers that two | upon their Creator." drizzling rain. Got the yards aloft, and set the jibs
of our boats were gone, and the others were likely to The crash to which the writer alludes was caused and fore spencer. Breezes refreshing. At 6 set the
follow, the davits and bolts beginning to give. But by the tearing up of the benches and other wood work single reefed main spencer and the square sails, with
not a remark was made ; each spoke to the other only on the quarter deck. These were hurled with viotwo reefs in the topsail,
tbrough the eye. And the ominous silence which lence against the sky lights, by the same sea which "At 8 P. M., the wind increasing and variable to
pervaded the whole company, told how sensibly all broke the windows of the saloon, drenching the berths the westward, took in the square sails, outer jib and
felt themselves in the very presence of the King of on the larboard side, driving out their affrighted occu. main spencer. At 10 P. M. freshening gales and ugly
Terrors, uncertain of their doom.
pants, whilst it smashed by its weight the glass over weather, sea getting up and tossing high. At mid It was wonderful to see how a few short hours
the main cabin, and thus forced its way below. night increasing gales and heavy squalls; took in the changed the condition and feelings of all on board. This was a period of intense emotion. I was sitfore spencer, the outhaul having broken; in the mean The grades and distinctions incident to so large a
ting in the upper saloon, striving to protect some latime, the inner jib stay bulls eye hook broke and the company, varying in social position, citizens of almost dies from injury. So violent were the shocks of the sail became useless ; hauled it down and set the fore all countries, and professing different creeds, yet, in vessel, although firmly braced, it was with great difstay sail.”
the presence of so imminent danger, all distinctions ficulty we could prevent ourselves being hurled from The above is an extract from the Captain's log seemed merged into one common emotion of awe, as
our seats and dashed with such violence against a part book, and gives an account of the commencement of we stood together in the court of the great leveller,
of the vessel, as to endanger life or limb. Many rethe awful storm which the Great Western surmount Death. With this intense feeling which bound us to
ceived severe contusions and bruises, notwithstanding ed on her passage from Liverpool to New-York; one gether as one, came also another of an opposite and
all their efforts , 80 terrific during its continuance, and marked by such repelling character. Every heart was deeply occu 'Twas an anxious hour. My eye wandered over a signal deliverance in the end, that it should be care pied with its individual griefs and memories, as if not the different groups in the saloon. Resting one while fully related.
another shared the peril. Home, with its loved ones, on a Father passing from one to another of his family, "Sunday, 20th, at 40 minutes past 2 A. M., con and a thousand cherished hopes and joys, rose fresh and cheering with a kind word an interesting group tinues the log, split the fore stay sail ; took in the re to the view, and with a power like the storm, swept of daughters. Then on a young wife, folded to the mains of it and lay to under bare poles.
over the mind and left it like the ocean, tempest-tost bosom of her husband without a syllable being utterThe sea rising frightfully, and breaking over and and troubled.
ed, but the action spoke volumes, and again upon a mother whose children had been left in America, as officers and crew conducted themselves with great “ Captain, officers and crew of the Great Western," she clasped her hands as if in secret prayer, whilst coolness and presence of mind.”
as a token of the estimation which is entertained of her husband and her father gathered around, and all At half-past five o'clock on Monday morning, we their valuable services during the late perilous ecenes seemed bowed down to earth in one common feeling were in the greatest possible danger,
through which we have passed. To those services, of tender solicitude for those who might so soon be Mr. Stevens, one of the passengers who was an eye as well as the great strength and other admirable come helpless orphans.
witness, says of it" a peculiar lifting of the haze in qualities of your noble ship, we are (under Provi. . It was an awful hour. The most thoughtless the east, with the appearance of an amber colored belt dence) indebted for the preservation of our lives. amongst us cowered in their secret heart before a of light, low down ou the horizon, warned us of an To yourself in particular (without overlooking the danger which none but a fool or brute would have approaching blow.. Presently it came, a perfect tor meed of praise due to others) we would express our mocked, and all therefore accepted the invitation to nado, driving before it the clouds of spray, and as it feelings of admiration of the coolness and skill dismeet in the cabin for prayer.
neared us, fairly lifting up the white foam from the played by you during the trying period of peril, when, Rev. Mr. Marsh read the 107th Psalm. Rev. Dr. waves, like a shower of rain. As the squall struck us, while endeavoring to prevent alarm among us, you Smucker prayed. Rev. Dr. Beecher made a few the ship careened over and buried her gunwales in did not, when called on, withhold from us your senso solemn remarks. Rev. Dr. Balch repeated the words the ocean, and lay for a few moments stricken power of the danger to which we were exposed. of our Saviour, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye less, and apparently at the mercy of the savage waves Of the above subscription in behalf of the Passenbelieve in God, believe also in me,"—commenting that threatened to engulph us. This was the trial, gers, I ask your acceptance of the sum of £80, now briefly on their consoling import, and then invited ali the last round fought between the elements and our presented to you by the Treasurer, in the beautiful present to join with him in the Lord's Prayer; after gallant vessel. At this critical moment, the engine purse which has been worked for the occasion by one which he pronounced the Apostle's benediction. was true to her duty. Still went on its revolutions, of our fair passengers; and to distribute the remain
Night approached. And again I quote from the and round and round thundered her iron water wings. der, which is contained in another beautiful purse gentleman who has kindly given an account of what Gradually recovering her upright position, the good presented by one of our fair passengers, among the took place below.
ship with head quartering the sea, came up to her officers and crew under your command, agreeably to .“ Amid this accumulation of horrors, and still more course, and all was well. It was the climax of the the schedule which accompanies it. to add to our aların, night gathered in around us. The storm. The last great effort of the whirlwind king, to At the same time it gives me pleasure to inform wind far from abating, was on the increase. The lulls send us to the sea-giant's cave below.”
you that a liberal contribution has been made, with in the storm being less frequent, and the squalls, if On Monday, about 12, the storın had abated suffi the view of creating a fund for the relief of families any thing more terrific. The whole ocean was one ciently to admit of standing on the upper step of the whose heads and supporters have been lost at sea, sea of foam, lashed up in tu terrible waves, wild and companion-way with safety. It was a sublime, but and that in compliment to yourself and this ship, as angry, whilst the spray and wind seemed driven
an awful spectacle. The ocean still labored under well as in commemoration of the signal mercy we through the rigging and over the ship, as with demo the effects of the hurricane. The wind veered 20 have experienced in her, it is to be called the “Great naical power. As darkness came, clustered together points in 36 hours; it is impossible to imagine or de Western Fund.” in the cabin, we all thought and reflected on our fate. scribe the wild and tangled confusion of the waves. With sincere wishes for your continued health and Most, if not all of us, had given ourselves up for lost. Rising to a height apparently greater than that of the
prosperity, I remain with great regard, For what with the heavy laboring of the ship, the ter- | mainiast, they leaped and roared around the ship, as rible noise and howling of the wind, the continued if hungry and maddened at the loss of their prey. At
Respectfully yours, frequent thumpings of the sea, the quivering and times the Great Western seemed as if lowered by un
ARCHIBALD GRACIE, shaking of the groaning timbers, the carrying away of seen spirits into her watery grave; and every moment
Chairman. so many portions of the vessel's upper works, and the you expected to be filled in, and her requiem sung by
To this letter Captain Mathews returned the fol. knowledge that we were perhaps for another night to ihe winds amidst the wilderness of waters. be exposed to the full power of a raging hurricane,
lowing answer :
But our danger was past, and with grateful hearts left us little to hope for.” on Tuesday morning, all assembled in the cabin to
GREAT WESTERN S. S., at Sea, ? In the evening, about 9 o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Balch, render an act of common prayer and thanksgiving
Sept. 28th, 1846. 3 at the request of several passengers, administered the Rev. Dr. Smucker read a psalm and made some To A. Gracie, Chairman, &c. Holy Communion in the Cabin, to upwards of sixty
appropriate introductory remarks, and Rev. Dr. Sir: Your letter to me in behalf of the passengers persons—many of whom received it there, for the first Beecher addressed the passengers at length and with
by the Great Western steamship under my command, time in their lives. Several applied to him as to the much force on the mercy we had experienced, and
I feel as a very great compliment to my ship, officers propriety of their embracing that occasion to fulfil a prayer was offered.
and self, and in reply, I beg to tender most gratefully long cherished purpose of their hearts, but which, like After the religious services were ended, Archibald
our best thanks and warmest regards. many other “good thoughts,” had been deferred to Gracie, Esq., of New York, was called to the chair, “ a more convenient season.” They all communi. and the Rev. Mr. Marsh appointed secretary. On
It is to Divine Providence alone that we are all incated, together with others of almost every creed and motion it was
debted for our safety. For during my long experience nation, thus reminding us of the promise of Scripture, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to draft
at sea, I never witnessed so severe a storm, and were " they shall come from the East and the West, the a resolution expressive of our gratitude to Almighty
it not for the good qualities of my noble ship, under North and the South, and sit down with Abraham God for his great goodness in our almost miraculous
the direction of God, she could not have weathered it. and Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of God.
deliverance from destruction: and also to the cap I am more than pleased at the step your committee It was a most solemn scene. Mr. Balch first read tain, officers, and crew of the ship, for their arduous have taken to promote the interest of ihe widows and the service appointed for a storm at sea, after which, labors, and their skill, firmness, and perseverance, in orphans of seainen and others lost at sea. And I am the whole communion office. The terrible conflict carrying the ship through her late perilous condition. sure that the Directors of the Great Western S. 8. Co., of the elements which raged without, was rendered The same committee were charged with the duty with myself, and all interested in this ship, will conyet more striking by the impressive stillness which of reporting a suitable memorial of our gratitude to sider it a high compliment which you have conferred pervaded that company of Christ's disciples within. the captain, officers and crew.
upon her. And I for one, will contribute my mite to Gathered around the table, they received into The Chairman. Secretary. Rev. Dr.' Beecher of this glorious undertaking, and I have no doubt but my hearts deeply moved, the consecrated emblems of Cincinnati, Rev. Dr. Balch, Dr. Washington and Dr. ll officers and crew will follow my example, the Redeemer's body and blood. All felt comforted Detmold of New-York, Mr. Hutchinson of Geo., Mr. I have the honor to be, sir, by the blessed ordinance of grace. Many a bosom F. Mather of Geneva, and Mr. Rawlings of England,
Your obedient servant, before tossed with fear, was now tranquil through constituted said committee. faith. Once more all renewed their vows, and reali
BARNARD R. MATHEWS. The Rev. Mr. Balch, at the request of the commitzed the peace of God shed abroad in their hearts, and tee, stated at a subsequent meeting of the passengers,
Mr. Gracie also handed to Mr. Balch, as one of the felt, with a vividness perhaps never before known, the conclusions at which the committee had arrived,
Trustees of the Great Western Fund, the following " Your life is hid with God in Christ.” Oh! it was when subsequently it was resolved that two subscrip
letter: a night and a communion long to be remembered. tion papers be opened, one for the purpose of giving
On board the Steamship Great Western, ? After the communion, I returned to my state room. a suitable testimonial to the captain, officers and crew,
Sept. 29th, 1846. The gentleman who shared it with me, had gone be the other to form the nucleus of a fund for the relief Gentlemen-I have been directed to inform you by low to die, as he expected, in company with his of the families of those whose heads and supporters || the Committee appointed by those passengers on board daughter and son-in-law. Left therefore alone, taking have been lost at sea, and to be called “The Great of the Great Western, who have made a contribution a last look at the pictures of my little family and com- | Western Fund." Said money in the mean time to be for the purpose of forming the nucleus of a fund " for mending them, and all dear to me, to the grace and deposited in the hands of James Boorman, Pelatiahll the relief of the families whose heads and supporters protection of God, I laid down and slept peacefully. Perritt, Rev. Lewis P. W. Balch, James Lenox and have been lost at sea, and which in compliment to the “ Monday, 21st, 12 30, continues the log, the storm Rob't. B. Minturn, of New York, as Trustees.
Captain and ship, as well as in commernoration of the commenced raging again in all its fury, and the sea a In pursuance of the above resolution, Mr. Gracie signal mercy we have experienced in her, is to be perfect foam, tiil 8 Ă. M., at which time the clouds addressed the following letter to Capt. Mathews :
called the “Great Western Fund”-that they have began to break, and the equalls less furious. Got the
At Sea, on Board of Steam-ship ?
unanimously named you Trustees of said Fund. ship's head to the N. W. and hauled the yards round,
The subscription now amounts to $580—which sum
GREAT WESTERN, Sept. 28th, 1846. } the sea still raging as before, and nearly ahead, curling
will be handed over to you by the Treasurer, Robert and breaking over the ship in every direction. At Capt. Mathews :
Hutchinson, Esq., to be invested in such manner as noon the storm ceased; but the sea continued more Sir,- As Chairman of the Committee appointed by you may deem best, in ord
you may deem best, in order that the interest accruing violent till 2 P. M., at which time it ceased gradually the Passengers on board of this ship, I have now the from this and subsequent subscriptions, may be apwith the wind-having lasted about 36 hours; during pleasure of informing you, that the sum of £200 10s. || plied to the object proposed. which time, it gives me much pleasure to state, my has been subscribed by them, to be presented to the * We doubt not you will lend your valuable co-ope.