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ration to the furtherance of this noble charity, which deserves, as doubtless it will receive, the cordial support of the community at large.
I have the honor, gentlemen, to remain,
ARCHIBALD GRACIE. To Messrs. Jas. Boorman, Pelatiah Perritt, Rev. Lewis P. W. Balch, James Lenox and Robert B. Minturn.
minutes, when the masts went by the board, and the vessel righted full of water. All hands then lashed themselves to the wreck. We remained in this position ninety-six hours, during which time all the subsistence we had was a barrel of sugar dissolved in salt water. On the 23d, it being more moderate, we battened down the main hatch. 24th, rigged jury masts, hove overboard provisions, wood, water, &c., to lighten the vessel. At that time there was hardly a well man on board. On the 25th, spoke ship Newton, Hale, of and from New Bedford for Pacific, who supplied us with two spars, some rigging, and a quadrant, for which we gave him some beef and a tow-line. We had lost every nautical instrument, such as sextant, chronometer, quadrants, &c., besides nearly all our clothing, the cabin being all washed to pieces. 28th, lat. 39, long. 63 31, experienced another gale from N.E., and carried away our fore jury mast. 11 P.M., got it up again and made sail-most of the crew unable to do duty. 29th and 30th, heavy galesfrom this to Oct. 9th, variable winds."-Boston Journ. Oct. 15.
The following resolutions, expressive of our gratitude to Almighty God, and of regard for the Captain, officers and crew, was subsequently adopted.
At a meeting of the passengers held on board of the Great Western, Sept. 29th, 1846, and unanimously adopted.―
Resolved, In review of the perils of the late gale which threatened the termination of our earthly plans. and endeared social relations for the allotments of eternity, and of our deliverance, with the cheering prospect of restoration to our families and friends, we desire with grateful hearts to render to God the homage of our devout thanksgiving; with our supplications that He will sanctify to us the admonitions of His providence, and render them subservient to our present and future well being. We would also render praise to Him for the calmness, and decision, and endurance granted the Captain, officers and seamen of the ship, through the whole period of the protracted storm; and for the solemnity and equanimity and good conduct which amidst such protracted and appalling dangers characterized the passengers and inmates of the ship.
So closes the record of this memorable storm. But never can its recollection be effaced from the minds of those who were exposed to its perils.
When the danger had all passed, said the Captain Thrice on deck I thought destruction inevitable. Each time a sea of such magnitude and power came at the ship, that I thought it was all over with But unexpectedly each broke just at the side of the ship. Sir, the hand of the Lord was in it." Yes, the hand of the Lord was in it-may we never forget 'twas the hand of the Lord.
The above narrative, correspondence, letters and resolutions having been submitted by the Committee and unanimously authenticated at a public meeting of the passengers, held on board the Great Western, Sept. 29th, 1846, the meeting directed that the whole should be published in the papers of New York and Liverpool, and a copy forwarded to the Directors of the Great Western Steamship Company. The meeting then adjourned sine die."
ARCH. GRACIE, Chairman.
LOSS OF WHALING BRIG MARACAIBO, OF PLYMOUTH.-The brig Clement, Capt. Ryder, which arrived at this port this morning, fell in with the wreck of brig Maracaibo, 9th inst., in lat. 38 22, long. 72 35, and took off Capt. Collinwood and eighteen of the crew. The following particulars of the loss of the Maracaibo, are furnished by Capt. Collinwood, from which it will be seen that the crew of the unfortunate vessel have suffered hardships, which, to a landsman, appear almost incredible:
"The Maracaibo sailed from Plymouth 12th Sept., bound on a whaling cruise. On the 19th, lat. 35, long. 63, during a heavy gale from S.S. E., was knocked down on her beam ends. Immediately got the brig around before the wind, under the foretopmaststaysail, and scud her. We then commenced throwing overboard try works, line-tubs, deck-pots, &c., cut away the boats, and did every thing to lighten the vessel for the preservation of our lives. At 4 P. M. shipped a sea over the stern, which capsized the brig, washing overboard our second officer, Wm. Tripp, of Tiverton, and a seaman, named David Silvie, of Fayal. Geo. S. Ellis, a seaman, was drowned at the same time in the forecastle. The brig lay in this position twenty
A violent hurricane was experienced at Bermuda on the 19th, which drove every vessel in port (except the Queen Victoria) ashore, injuring them more or
Bark Callaa, from Antwerp, on the 19th, near the Grand Banks, experienced a very heavy gale from
THE STORM.-The furious tempest which was experienced by the Great Western, on the 19th, was felt by other vessels in different parts of the Atlantic, between Nova Scotia and the English Channel, and has caused a great many disasters.
Ship Laconia, from Liverpool, experienced the gale of the 19th, split sails and received other trifling damage.
Ship Virginia, from Liverpool, on the 19th, lat. 43 19. long. 54 18, experienced a heavy gale from S.S.W. to W.N.W., during which lost main topgallant mast, bulwarks, split sails, and was compelled to lay too blowing so heavy could not show any canvass. Saw a ship next day with fore topmast gone.
Schooner Lion, of Castine, on the 19th, two degrees E. of Isle of Sable, experienced a severe gale, lost foremast, bulwarks, sprung bowsprit, lost jib boom, and sustained other damage.
Brig Margaret Jane, of and from St. John's, N. F., for New-York, put into Archat, 30th, in distress, having been thrown on her beam ends in the gale of 19th, and cut away both masts to right her.
Brig Dalmarnock, from Shediac, N. B. for Cork, filled with water in the gale of Sept. 19, (probably from starting a butt, as she filled in less than five minutes,) and fell on her beam ends, by which Humphrey Robertson, of Glasgow. first officer, and Jacob Williams, of St. Andrews, N. B., were drowned. As soon as the masts were cut away she righted, and on the 20th, James Harson, carpenter, and William Nickle, sailmaker, belonging to Londonderry; Colin Johnston, of Falkirk, and Alexander Sharpe, of Fifeshire, died with cold and hunger. On 21st, afternoon, ship Clydesdale, of Glasgow, took off the master and surviving seamen.
Packet ship Wellington, from London, on the 19th experienced a tremendous hurricane from N.E. to N.N.E., lost sails, bulwarks and received other damage.
Packet ship Oneida, from Havre, on the 19th, lat. 42 28, long. 61 18, in a severe gale from the eastward, lost foresail, main and mizzen topsail yards, and mizzen topgallant mast, with every thing attached.
Ship Hudson, from Liverpool, on the 19th, lat. 42, long. 61, experienced a heavy gale from N.E. which blew away most of her sails; furled fore topgallant mast and main royal yard.
Bark Thetis, from Glasgow, on the 19th, lat. 42 05, long. 56 54, experienced a violent gale from E S.E. to N., lost nearly an entire suit of sails, and was obliged to throw overboard part of cargo, vessel leaking badly. Packet ship ndrick Hudson, from London, on the 19th, lat. 43, long. 52 40, experienced a heavy gale of wind, from 7 A. M. till 5 P. M., during which time the wind hauled from S.S. E. round to N.W., the ship laying too for eight hours under bare poles. 20th, saw a ship apparently disabled about the mainmast.
43 13, long. 54 40, saw another ship, with but little sail set on the mainmast; at the same time saw a brig without foresail or mainsail; also a schooner with only a foresail set; it was then pleasant weather; 28th, lat. 42 10, long. 65 25, saw a schooner with her foremast gone.
Ship Palestine, from Havre, on the 19th, lat. 43 30, long. 53 32, experienced a hurricane, which commenced at south veering to north, was laying too 20 hours, with a strip of canvass in the mizzen rigging. 22d, lat. 42 56, long. 56 36, spoke and was boarded by a boat from the ship Diadem hence for Liverpool, who reported having lost on the 19th all their sails blown from the yards except mainsail and maintopsail, sprang the foremast and maintopgallantmast yard, and all the bulwarks on the starboard side. 26th, lat.
43 06, long. 58 59, passed a large brig with loss of foremast. 28th, lat. 41 50. long. 65 30, passed a large schooner with loss of foremast.
Ship Emma, from Bremen, on the 19th, experienced a heavy gale of wind, split fore and main topsail.
Ship Splendid, from Havre, on the 19th, experienced a very heavy gale of wind from the southward and eastward, blowing a number of sails from the yards after they were stowed. 4 P. M. shipped a very heavy sea, carrying away caboose, fore hatch, house, binnacle, water casks, topgallantmasts, sprung the bowsprit, shifted the cargo in the hold, heaving the ship on her beam ends, and carrying away larboard bulwarks.
Ship Hugenot, from Liverpool, experienced the gale of the 19th, from S.E. to N., carried away spars, split sails, &c.
Ship Empire, from Bremen, experienced severe gales on the passage.
Ship Corsair, from Newport, Wales, on the 19th, lat. 43 30, long. 56 45W, experienced a hurricane from S.E. to N.W., which blew away part of main course and main topgallantsail, after they were furled to the yards; stove bulwarks on one side, stove and washed away long boat, broke lower studdingsail boom, &c. 22d, fell in with the wreck of the British bark Flora McDonald, from Dublin bound to St. Stephens-they had lost in the gale main and mizzen masts, by the deck, sprung the foremast, shifted ballast, &c.; Capt. Grant and crew requested to be taken off the wreck as she was unmanageable, which was done, and they are now brought to this port. On the 23d, saw a large ship standing westward with loss of main topmast.
Ship John Baring, from St. Ubes, on the 19th, encountered a hurricane from S.E. to N.W.-lost sails, rigging, main topgallantmast, and received other damage.
Bark Philena, from Liverpool, was thrown on her beam ends in a tremendous gale on the 19th, and her masts were finally cut away in order to right her. She worked her way into New Haven under jurymasts.
Fishing schooner Exchange was obliged to cut her cables in the gale of the 19th. On 20th, saw several disabled ships.
Ship Harvest, from Bremen, on the 19th, lat. 44, long. 56, experienced a very heavy gale from S.E. veering round to the westward as far as N. N.W., where it increased to a hurricane; 21st, saw a ship with main topgallantmast gone, steering to the westward; 22d, lat. 43, long. 60, spoke Br. ship Queen, from Liverpool for St. John, N. B., had lost all three topmasts in the gale of the 19th. Saw several vessels, which appeared to have suffered more or less by the gale. Sept. 30th, off the Capes, saw a ship standing to N.W. with all three topgallant masts gone.
Bark Montezuma, on the 19th, lat. 37, long. 66 30, lost main topmast, topgallantmast, and sprung head of foremast; lost one boat, and had another badly stove.
Packet ship Havre, from Havre, on the 19th, experienced a heavy gale of wind, lost all the sails, main topgallantmast, bulwarks, with other damage.
Sbip Niagara, from Liverpool, on the 19th, 200 miles west of the Banks, encountered a very severe hurricane from S.E. to S. W., took in all sail and expected to see the masts go by the board for several hours, but fortunately escaped with trifling damage. 20th, saw a ship and brig with loss of main topgallantmasts, bound west. 22d, off Sable Island, saw a bark with loss of main topmast, bound westward; experienced boisterous weather until the equinox.
70 fishing skiffs lay at anchor, and 60 of them were totally wrecked and lost. In addition to the great loss of skifts, and loads of fish and oil, the poor people's fishing stages were destroyed. They are likely to suffer much from the want of food and clothing in the course of the coming winter.
Ship Emigrant, from Bremen, on the 19th, lat. 42 33, long. 55 24, had a very heavy gale, most a hurricane, from S. E. to N.W., ship laying most on the beam ends. 23d, lat. 41 19, long. 61 30, spoke brig Margaret and Jane, from St. Johns, N. F. for New-York, with loss of main and fore topmast, and going into Halifax.
Bark Ocean Queen, (Br.) from Mansanilla, (Cuba,) bound to Liverpool. 19th September, off Cape Fear, experienced the late gales, the decks swept of deck load, water casks, &c., and sprung a leak.
A letter from ship Emily Morgan, of N. B., states that on the 19th September, lat. 36 59 N. long. 64 04W. lost experienced a severe gale which lasted 36 hours; half of foresail and half of mainsail, stove in two new boats and great part of bulwarks, carried away jihboom, lost both jibs, foretopmast staysail, all the rigging and every thing forward, except the bowsprit, broke two spokes out of the wheel and hurt two men slightly, started rudder band on the sternpost and stove in the cook's galley.
Schooner Ceres, arrived in Nantucket Roads on Saturday, from Grand Bank, with loss of mainmast, and every thing off deck, while lying too in the gale of September 19th. Spoke 22d, schooners Marble. head, and William Pell, of Marblehead, and supplied them with cables and anchors, having lost theirs in the gale. Also spoke 22d, schooner General Jackson, of Marblehead, had had her decks swept of everything in the gale. Schooner Dixey, of do., had been thrown on her beam ends three times, and saved the vessel with much difficulty. Spoke-no date-off Sable Island, schooner Helen Mar, of Provincetown, with loss of every thing off deck, and one man; had thrown over 50 qtls. fish to lighten the vessel, and had lost some sails and spars-supplied her with some small spars and provisions.
At Newfoundland the gale blew a hurricane on the 19th, 20th and 21st, and caused great destruction to life and property. Many buildings were blown down in St. Johns, and several persons were killed or badly injured by the falling timbers. Several bridges were carried away. Fatal accidents have happened to the shipping on the coast. One boat, with a crew of seven persons, upset in running for the harbor, and all were lost. At other parts of the coast the destruction of life and property is also appalling. At Quidi Vidi a loss of not less than £1000 falls on poor fishermen, the proceeds of whose summer's labor were destroyed in a few hours. At Grates Cove, in Trinity Bay, about
ST. JOHN, N. F., Oct. 7.-A report was current for some days last week, of great loss of life at Burin, by the late gile, which we are sorry to state, has been confirmed. We have seen a letter addressed by a respectable person there to a gentleman in town, conveying the melancholy intelligence of the loss of ten large boats with forty-five men on board, many of them having large families, now rendered entirely destitute. We hear also that great distress exists to the northward, occasioned by the failure of the fishery, and the destruction caused by the gale; it is even said that many are now brought to the verge of starvation.
Ship Panama, from Liverpool, on the 19th, 20th and 21st, experienced a severe gale, carried away our head quarter-boat and received other damage. After the gale saw three vessels partly dismasted.
The American bark Empress, 10 days from NewYork, bound to Algiers, put into Halifax, on the 24th September; lost foremast and mizen topast in the gale of the 19th, in lat. 40, long. 61, wind N.W.
Ship Louisiana, at Bath, from Cadiz, in a hurricane on the 19th, lat. 41 52, long. 60, lost main and mizzen masts, with all sails and rigging attached. On the 20th, lat. 41 48, long. 60 52, took off the master and crew, (15 in number,) of new bark St. John's Packet, from St. John, N. B. for London, timber loadedcapsized about 4 o'clock on the previous morningrighted in about an hour full of water. Saw 21st, a ship or bark steering W.S.W. with loss of three topmasts and nothing set but foresail and spanker; 22d, lat., long. 614, saw three ships or barks, all in a disabled state: one had fore-topmast gone, and one with loss of three topgallant-masts.
Sunday, September 20.
Bark Tashman, Liverpool. On the 19th inst. lat. 42 50, long. 53, saw ship Corsair, of Boston, (from Newport, Wales,) for New-York. On 20th, lat. 42 50, had a heavy gale from S.W. to N., lost main yard, main-topsail and jib boom, and strained the vessel, causing her to leak.
Ship Victoria, from London, on the 20th, lat. 46, long. 32, commenced blowing heavy from W.S.W.; 21st, blew a violent gale and very high sea, lasted till 22d; blew away the jib-boom sails, and every thing attached, three other sails, &c.
Ship Vermont, from Glasgow, September 20th, experienced a heavy gale from W.S.W. to N.N.W., which caused us to lay too 48 hours, lost main topgallantmast; 23d, lat. 45 30, long. 34, passed the wreck of a ship or bark, timber laden, apparently North American built.
Ship Martha, from Cardiff, Wales, on the 20th, lat. 43 55, long. 55 36, experienced a severe gale from N.W. with very heavy sea, which made a complete breach over the ship. Lost quarter-boats, foretopmast staysail, &c.
The Milton, from Savannah for Liverpool, arrived with loss of head and foremast, main and mizzen topmasts, deck house, bulwarks, &c., in the hurricane of the 20th of September.
The Superior, from New-York for Hull. put into Cowes leaky, having been struck by a sea on September 20th.
Bremen ship Marianne, on the 20th and 21st, lat. 48, long. 36, experienced a heavy gale from W.N.W. to N.N.W., and sustained considerable damage-had bulwarks and boats stove, and lost spars.
Ship Georgiana, from Liverpool, on the 20th and 21st, experienced very heavy gales from the westward, sustained however no material damage.
Ship Manchester, from Bremen, from the 1st to the 30th, had a continued succession of heavy gales from the south to west; on the 20th and 21st, it blew a perfect hurricane from S.S.E. ending at N.N.W., on the 22d, lat. 45 20N. long. 39 50W., fell in with wreck of Br. bark Cecilia, with foremast gone by the board, and main and mizzen topmasts and main yard; the Br. bark Jona was lying by her to take off the crew, or render any assistance as soon as the weather should
moderate to make it possible to board her; 23d, lat 47 16N., long. 40 51W., saw a brig standing eastward, maintopmast and head of foretopmast gone; same day saw a brig standing westward under her foresail, maintopmast and main yard gone; also head of foretopmast; same day saw from mast head to the wind ward, the hull of a large vessel, totally dismasted, and a bark and brig lying by her; also a bark to leeward with loss of topgallant masts.
WRECK OF THE BR. SHIP CROMWELL, FROM QUEBEC, FOR LIVERPOOL.-Annexed we give an interesting account of the loss of the above vessel, furnished by Captain Eldridge, of the packet ship Roscius, who fell in with her, and took off thirty persons, and brought them to this port:
September 20th, lat. 46 30, long. 31, commenced with strong winds from the westward, and cloudy. At 4 P.M. the wind canted into the W.S.W. and S. W., and so on increased to a gale, so that by 8 P.M. we were obliged to furl every thing but the maintopsail close reefed. The gale lasted about 60 hours, and long hours they were, and although the Roscius rode it out under a main-topsail close reefed, it was, nevertheless, a hard gale, a bad cross sea, and as high as I ever saw it in the Atlantic ocean. After the gale moderated, there was a general rejoicing amongst all, and particularly amongst the steerage passengers, after being battened down for two or three days. We made sail and proceeded to the westward. When, on the morning of September 24th, raining hard, very thick and squally, ship under double-reefed topsails, at 8 P.M., lat. 46 30, long. 33 46, we fell in with the British ship Cromwell, from Quebec, bound to Liverpool, water logged; crew wished to be taken off I immediately shortened sail, rounded to, backed the main-topsail, and with some difficulty launched our boat, and under the judicious management of Mr. Moore, the first officer of the Roscius, after making four successful trips, they were all taken on board, 30 in number, safe and sound, with the exception of the first officer, who had been previously hurt very badly by one of the logs of timber. The Cromwell was considered a fine ship, two years old, built at Quebec, was deeply laden, and a heavy deck load on her, to which I attribute the loss of the ship, as the sea was high they could not scud her, and in laying too, she shipped great quantities of water; the timber got adrift on deck, and all the logs that could wash off, on account of their length, were soon gone, but tearing and ripping everything to pieces that came in their way; her lee rail was off, and most of the stancheons one side the front part of the poop entirely gone, and every part of the cabin knocked into a cocked hat, and the furniture, stores, clothes, charts and instruments all gone; fore and main yard gone, and a number of other spars. The ship full of water above and below decks, and working to pieces in every part of her, and what, with the sea and several large logs, some 50 feet long, and 22 inches square, going fore and aft every pitch and roll, knocking and shattering to pieces-she could not last long. There was not a dry spot in any part of her, excepting the tops, where the crew were living under some of the sails spread over them. They had no provision-it had all washed away-and were entirely without water; consequently they could not have held out a great while, as their situation was, I think, as bad as could be.
Monday, September 21.
We had a slight touch of the equinoxial storm, with rain, on the 21st, and to-day it rains hard. The intermediate days, the 23d and 24th, were clear, and just cold enough to make the difference between summer and autumn. As yet there has been no frost in this region.-Oswego, Sept. 25.
The bark Mallory, from Glasgow, reports: September 21st, lat. 48, long. 40, while lying too in a heavy gale from the westward, was struck by a heavy sea, carried away bowsprit, fore topmast, main topgallantmasts, and sprang the mainmast; during the gale, had two stancheons broke, stove galley and bulwarks, lost stern boat, split most of the sails and shifted cargo, carrying away all the stancheons in the hold; the gale continued for 48 hours with great violence.
The Shenandoah, from Philadelphia for Liverpool, was struck by a sea during the hurricane of the 21st September, which washed the third mate off the fore yard.
which he used to assist the Great Britain, and to get the freight away.
A party on the spot furnished our Mr. Edward Wilmer with the following narrative:
"When she struck the utmost consternation ensued-the captain, sailors, and every one on board conceiving that they were cominencing with fair wind, fair weather, and had every prospect of making a speedy and a very prosperous voyage. After proceeding very rapidly from Liverpool she ran on shore on the sand banks off Tyrella Watch-house, Dundrum Bay, about half-past nine o'clock on the night of the 22d, the day she left Liverpool. The passengers, one hundred and eighty-five in number. were all safely landed.The news of this disaster reached Downpatrick and the surrounding neighborhood early on the following morning, and the spot was crowded with anxious spectators. The approaches to the shore were thronged with vehicles of every grade, from the nobleman's carriage to the peasant's cart. The whole of the day was employed in landing the passengers' luggage, which was done with the aid of small boats, carts, &c., all of which was conveyed to Downpatrick; and from that place the passengers proceeded in carriages and jaunting cars, to Belfast and Warren Point, where they took passage for Liverpool. It was blowing a strong gale at the time from S. S. E. The night was exceedingly dark, and the rain fell in torrents. Immediately on her striking, rockets were thrown up and guns fired from the vessel, which were immediately answered by the coast-guard, from the watchhouse at that station. This was shortly before ten o'clock. At daylight the next morning, Capt. Morris, the chief officer of the coast-guard, stationed at St. John's Point, with his staff, was in attendance, and rendered valuable services to the passengers; granted them the use of the watch-house, and used every means to protect their luggage."
Tuesday, September 22.
Bark Wave, from the 15th to the 28th experienced a succession of gales from the westward. 22d, lat. 42 30, long. 37, while lying too, shipped a sea, carrying away main and monkey rails, several stancheons, stove bulwarks, and split plankshear.
SAD DISASTER TO THE NOBLE STEAM SHIP "GREAT BRITAIN."
Is is with extreme regret we have to announce that this noble vessel has met with another disaster, on her last outward passage from Liverpool to New-York, and one which, we fear, may disable her from ever again crossing the Atlantic.
She left Liverpool on the morning of the 22nd ult, taking one hundred and eighty-five passengers, about sixty tons of valuable fine goods, as freight, and about the same measurement of passengers luggage. She took her departure, witnessed by a large concourse of spectators, amid the cheers of congregated thousands and the roar of artillery. After clearing the Bell Buoy, she bore away for the Calf of Man, with the intention of running the north-about passage between the Isle of Man and Ireland. The morning was beautiful, the wind was fair, the ship was in excellent trim, and she had abundant promise of a pleasant and rapid passage, and that, too, under the command of an able and experienced captain, who had most successfully for some years navigated the Atlantic Ocean, to the satisfaction of his passengers, the commercial public, and the company by whom he was employed.
For about ten hours the noble palace of iron,-the largest that perhaps tenants the deep,-was propelled by steam and wind at the rate of 12 or 13 knots an hours. In fact it may be said that she had overrun herself. At four to five o'clock in the afternoon the island was distinctly visible on the starboard bow. Shortly after it set in to rain, and the wind increased, the ship making excellent progress, and the passengers uncommonly delighted with the vessel and her admirable qualities as a sea boat. Night then closed in, dark and wet, and the wind gradually freshened into a half-gale. The log was repeatedly taken. The weather was thick and foggy, and the ship passed the Calf lights before dark, without being able to distinguish the lighthouse at that station. About half-past nine o'clock, at night the passengers were startled by an extraordinary noise on deck, and a cry of "stop her!"-"aground, aground!"— "the breakers, the breakers!"-"we are wrecked!" oh, we are wrecked!" A general fear prevailed that the ship was in collision with some other vessel; but it was soon found that she had stranded. The night was dark and stormy, the ship beat incessantly upon the sand, the breakers repeatedly breaking heavily over her, and one of the life-boats was carried from its fastenings on the quarter.
Alarms and cries instantly pervaded the ship, and apprehensions were general amongst the passengers that the ship would break up during the night beneath the force of the breakers which constantly burst over her decks. To add to that moment of woe, the lightning glared, the thunder bellowed portentously from a thick curtain of overhanging clouds and the rain began to fall in torrents. The scene was one that baffles description. So far as the eye could pierce through the gloom, the sea was a general cauldron of foam, and the white spray lashing the sides of the ship, flew over all on board like snow flakes. As we said before, the ship had outsailed the captain's reckoning; and the light on" St. John's Point" being mistaken for that of the "Calf of Man," she went ashore at Rathmullin, in Dundrum Bay. Throughout the emergency Capt. Hoskens behaved with admirable self-possession, energy, and with the greatest kindness; and immediately after the ship struck went down below, and, by his assurances, quieted the excited apprehensions of the passengers. His efforts were successful A portion of the passengers returned to their berths and slept till morning. Of the captain and ship the passengers speak in the highest terms. The ship previously to her striking, displayed in the gale the most admirable qualities as a sea-boat; and the captain, subsequently to that occurrence, acted as well as man could act, placed in a situation such as his. A passenger with whom we have conversed states: "I remained in the cabin until near nine o'clock, when after taking a turn on deck, I retired to bed; and I should say that not more than half an hour could have elapsed before I was alarmed by hearing much confusion on deck, and the men calling out to "stop her!" Immediately after, she took the ground, at which time the wind was blowing very fresh, and occasional showers were falling. The night was dark, but not so much so that we could not clearly see a light on shore; but we could not tell what part of the coast we were on. The tide was flowing at the time, and, of course, it tended to drive us further in towards the main land. In company with one or two other passengers, I remained on deck during the next four hours, when the wind having moderated, and all danger, as regarded life, being at an end, the boats were put in readiness for immediate service, if required, but, thank God, it remained comparatively calm; and at low water in the morning we were so near the shore, that carts and cars could approach within a short distance of us, and the passengers, with their luggage, were in a short time landed."
It is not possible to describe the interest and anxiety which this event caused in Liverpool on the 24th, and in London on the following day. Our office was, throughout the day, besieged by anxious inquirers; and in order to lay before the readers of the European Times all the particulars of this unfortunate disaster, we proceeded to Ireland, which enables us to give the following particulars, in addition to the brief sketch above.
We reached Dundrum Bay on the 27th, and found the Great Britain high up, about 300 yards from, and lying parallel with the shore at high-water mark. At spring-tide, she had drifted inward abont 100 feet since the night she struck, but had not sustained any damage beyond the loss of her rudder, which is now entirely cut away, and her screw at liberty, uninjured, and in working order. Walking completely round, you see her lying on a bed of sand, under which, a few feet deep, are solid rocks. She has evidently, after she first took the ground, run several of her own lengths into the sand, and is now apparently embedded some five or six feet. To us, it appears-and this seems to be the prevailing opinion with almost every one in the neighborhood-extremely doubtful whether she will ever be got off.
She had on board 1000 tons of coals, 60 tons of freight, and 100 tons of water, which have been removed prior to the next springs, which commenced on the 3d inst. She now lies between the coast guard-house and the Cow-and-Calf Rocks. She must have passed Dear the latter, which are only to be seen at low water, and are situated in a great depth of water, upon which, had she struck, she must have gone down, and perhaps every soul have perished.There are numerous other very dangerous breakers, extending a long distance, immediately where she struck, which would destroy any ship that is unfortunate enough to strike on them. Shortly after our arrival, all the freight, with the exception of some ten bales, was removed to the Liverpool steam-tug Dreadnought, for shipment by the Caledonia. On the Captain of that steamer CapJain Hoskens bestows great praise for the extraordinary exertions
The surgeon of the Great Britain was the first who landed, with the mail bags, with which he proceeded to Liverpool, via Belfast. They will be sent on to the United States by the Caledonia, which sails to-day. In course of the following day, Wednesday the 23d, a large number of the passengers proceeded to Warren Point, others to Downpatrick, with the intention of returning to Liverpool; the larger number proceeded to the latter place, where the scene on Thursday morning presented one which that little Irish town never before witnessed. Four four-horse coaches and some dozen jaunting cars proceeded at the same time on to Belfast, to take passage by the steamer Windsor which sailed on that day for Liverpool.
Charles Henry, of Bucksport, from Bangor for Providence. She went on in a heavy squall from the westward, 22d inst., about 7 P. M., and immediately bilged, the sea making a complete breach over her, and driving the crew into the rigging, where they remained twenty-two hours. The cook, Michael Owen, was hurt at the time the vessel struck, and refused to go into the rigging; he was lashed to the main rigging, where he was drowned in two or three hours. The crew were rescued by schooner Sea Servant, of Falmouth, after more than 20 vessels had passed them, probably without seeing them, and carried to Chatham. They arrived at Boston, 28th, totally destitute.
Ship Concordia, from Liverpool, bound to Boston, on September 22d, lat. 39 44, long. 18 51, had a heavy gale from S.W., with a heavy sea-ship labored very much, and decks full of water; 23d, the wind shifted to the N. and blew equally hard, sea running in mountains-and so it continued blowing a succession of gales from S. W. to N.W., for nearly three weeks, and the most dreadful sea running ever seen; carried away our fore and main topmast backstay, split jib, foresail and topsail. Our cargo adrift in the hold, and it really seemed as though every thing must go to pieces; 8th inst., lat. 43 44, long. 43 11, had an easterly wind which hauled round to S. W., and blew a heavy gale. At 1 P. M. hove too; at 3 P. M., wind from the W., and increasing, ship lying in the trough of the sea, and making most dreadful weather, wore ship to the southward, and set fore topsail to keep her steady, for it seemed as if her masts must go over her side. At 6 P. M. the gale suddenly increased to a most terific hurricane, sweeping almost every thing before it. We had three close reefed topsails set at the time, which were blown to shivers in a moment-the foresail which was snugly furled, blew out of the gaskets, and into ribbons; also main spencer which we were trying to set; in fact no sail could stand against it. The main and mizzen topgallantmasts blew fairly over the side, with yards, sails and every thing attached; the foretopmast staysail blew from the stay, and the ship was a complete wreck, and totally unmanageable; our cargo got adrift again in the hold, but after great exertion, we again secured it. 9th at daylight, weather moderating, and sea a little smoother, commenced with all hands to clear away the wreck, got down all the remains of the sails, spars and rigging-found the main and mizzen topmast cross trees gone, topmast stay and rigging much chafed, and the mainmast badly cracked under the top; bent new sails in the afternoon; at 6 P. M., quite snug again-men quite exhausted; 12th, lat. 42 39, long. 47, still blowing a gale, saw a bark with fore topmast and topgallantmast apparently gone; also spoke ship Antwerp, from Liverpool, of and for Boston, with loss of sails, and all three topgallantmasts; 13th, finished repairing-weather more settled. Two of our passengers have died since the awful gale; 14th, passed the Grand Bank.
French ship Lydia on the 27th, lat. 30, long. 78, during a hurricane was hove down and shifted cargo, lost sails, &c. Saw after the gale a quantity of drift stuff, barrels, &c.
The brig America, of Boston, from Kingston, Jamaica, bound to New-York, went ashore on the east coast of Florida, about 16 miles north of Cape Canaveral, near the mouth of the Indian River, on Sunday the 27th, in a gale of wind from the N.E. So violent was the gale, that in one hour after the brig went ashore, she broke in two, the cabin separated from the hull, washing away at same time both boats. The passengers and crew, consisting of the captain, eight men, and Mr. Flouroy, (late U. S. Consul at Martinique,) and his lady, narrowly escaped by swimming
Brig Emeline. from Mobile, on the 28th and 29th experienced a severe gale in the Gulf.
Tuesday, September 29.
There was a frost on Tuesday morning, the 29th, throughout all this neighborhood.—Alex. (Va.) Gaz. There was a frost in this city yesterday morning.Richmond Eng., Wednesday, 30th.
Bark Helen M. Fiedler, from Rio Janeiro, 23d Aug., with coffee, to E. Fiedler. Vessels left before reported. September 29th, lat. 30 30, long. 68 15, experienced a very heavy gale of wind from the S.W., which suddenly shifted to the N.E., blowing with equal fury. Split sails and received other damage; since which had light winds from N.N.E. 3d inst., lat. 37 30, long. 76 30, passed ship Versailles, of Boston, steering S.S.W. On the 6th instant, took a pilot 160 miles South of the Hook.
The Yorkshire, arrived at Liverpool, from New York, fell in with the Lord John Russell, of London, from Cowes, to Quebec, abandoned, the 29th Sep
Brig Lawrence Copeland, from New Orleans, for Boston, on the 29th, lat. 34 N., experienced a heavy gale from N.E., sprung a leak, and had at one time three feet water in the hold, but freed her after throwing overboard deck load of staves.
Wednesday, September 30.
FROST IN VIRGINIA.-There was a severe frost in Alexandria on the 30th of September; in Monticello there was not frost sufficient to kill the tenderest vines until Sunday last.
Brig Confidence, on the 30th, in the Gulf Stream, while lying too in a N.E. gale, lost the foresail, foretopmast, staysail, shifted the deck load, &c.
The weather since yesterday has been extremely boisterous. Yesterday the wind was strong from the Eastward, chilling one to the very marrow. Kilts looked any thing but comfortable on the soldiers of the 93d Regiment. Towards evening rain came on, and the wind increased in fury until it blew a perfect hurricane, which continued until this morning. A great quantity of rain fell during the night.-Quebec Mercury, Oct. 1.
British brig Isabella, from Turks Island. Captain P. informs us that owing to the destructive hurricanes during the month of September, the salt crop would be very short, as the vats were mostly destroyed.
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 1.-The second Fall month opens pleasantly. The weather is very dry, and, according to the Hospital guage, but one quarter of an inch of rain fell in all September.
TWELVE OR FIFTEEN SHOCKS OF AN EARTHQUAKE.
"EARTHQUAKE AT TRINIDAD.-Letters of a recent date from the Island of Trinidad state, that 12 or 15 shocks of an earthquake had been experienced in that Island within the last few days-some of them more severe than any that had been felt there for many years. Much damage had been done to buildings, and even the ground had been cracked in several places. Two of the shocks occurred during divine service, and one while the people, or a part of them, were assembled at the theatre. In one of the churches a very large stone fell from the roof or tower directly into the midst of the congregation, but providentially no person was hurt. A general consternation prevailed among the inhabitants on account of the number and violence of the shocks and an apprehension, that they might again be repeated, As yet no lives were lost." The above is copied from the New-York Journal of Commerce of Oct. 27th, and the information it recites we are informed was contained in a letter written by a young lady in Trinidad, to her friends in New-Haven, Connecticut. We have placed it under the September head, presuming that the earthquakes spoken of, were in that month, as we have certain information of the occurrence of earthquakes at Trinidad on the 6th and 10th of September, the former of which fell upon the sabbath.
Kingston, Jamaica, papers of Sept. 4, state that that place has lately been visited by two severe thunder storms, which did a great deal of damage to certain buildings, where the electric fluid descended. The rain fell in a deluge, swelling the gullies and ditches to a degree seldom seen; a Mrs. Waters lost her life, by being swept away by a torrent of water into which she had incautiously gone. Many curious phenomena occurred on this occasion, such as the lightning shivering the blades of swords in their scabbards, escaping by a small hole, drilled, as it were, for the purpose, at one end. Every thing was drooping under the influence of the excessive heat. Thermometer 93, Fahrenheit, in the shade.-N. O. Com, Times.
DROUGHT IN NEW-HAMPSHIRE.-The Dover Inquirer, referring to the almost unprecedented absence of rain in that state, says:
"The streams were probably never known to be lower than they are at the present time. Our papermaker, Mr. Flagg, of Exeter, informs us that for thirty four years the water has not been so scarce at his mill; he has been under the necessity of suspending operations for several weeks past. The Rochester
Factory, we understand, has also been compelled to stop for the want of water. The mill of the Cocheco Company, in this town, are yet running, but drawing Bow-Pond down to the bottom."
THE DROUGHT.-The long continued drought is the subject of general complaint from our country correspondents; they say the ground is so dry that the dust follows the plough in clouds; in many cases the land is so hard that it cannot be broken at all. The old saying is "a dry fallow for a good crop of wheat.”— We sincerely hope that it may prove so in this instance at least-Richmond Va. Standard.
REMARKABLE PHENOMENA.-The sea at a short distance from the coast here, has presented some remarkable appearances during the present week. On Tuesday last, about 4 o'clock in the forenoon, about low water, the sea, for about 30 yards from the shore, and along the coast from the Cove to the Bay of Nigg, appeared of a purple color, and continued to darken as the afternoon advanced. Our informant, who, with a large number of fishermen, observed the appearance, thinking it might arise from reflection of the sky, went out in a boat and examined the water. To his astonishment, he found the boat actually in a sea of purple, and the water of a glutinous nature, containing so much coloring matter that it actually dyed red whatever object it touched. No effluvia could be perceived arising from the water. As the tide rose, the colored water packed closer in shore, and continued to become darker and darker. Next afternoon, the same appearances were observed to occur, but not to such an extent. We wish some of our scientific friends would give us a clue to the cause of this phenomenon. Nothing of the kind seems to have ever been observed in this quarter before, although, perhaps, in other places such appearances have been witnessed, We state that, on Monday, the fishermen between this and the cove, observed the sea, at about 70 or 80 yards from the shore, breaking out in dark spots, which may be supposed to have multiplied and magnified till the sea presented the appearance above mentioned.-Aberdeen Herald.
The fall of Rain in the onth of Semptember at Syracuse was plentiful and moderately so at Saltville, but at Philadelphia, New-York, on the great Lakes and in New-Hampshire a great drought prevailed. LIGHTNING.
We record lightning storms on the nine first days in September, also on the 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22d, and 25th days of the month, and the death of eight persons by lightning.
We record earthquakes on the 2d, 6th, 10th, 12th, 15th and 16th days of the month of September, and also a mention of twelve or fifteen shocks of earthquake at Trinidad, of which we have particular accounts of but two, viz: on the 6th and 10th. There were lightning storms on all of the days named except the 10th and of that we have no record but a record of a hurricane at Barbadoes, and we presume it was attended by lightning.
We record a hurricane or gale on the Atlantic Ocean, between lat. 24 and 49 on every day from the 6th to the 30th day of September, both days inclusive.
HEAT AND COLD.
September, from the 1st to the 15th, both inclusive was very hot in northern latitudes.
On Brooklyn Heights the temperature on the 1st, 87; 2d, 86; 3d, 86: 4th, 85; 5th, 88; 6th, 89; 7th, 87; 8th, 84; 9th, 70; 10th, 70; 11th, 744; 12th, 83; 13th, 83; 14th, 85; 15th, 84. Lowest 29th Sept. 52°, at 4 and 5 A.M.
At Syracuse on the 1st, 86; 2d, 89; 3d, 86; 4, 87; 5th, 88; 6th, 86; 7th, 91; 14th, 86. Lowest during the month Sept. 22, sunrise 40.
At Saltville, Va., the farthest south of the three localities named, the temperature did not rise to 84°, during the month, and at sunrise on the 30th was down to 36°.
windward side-had it fallen on the leeward, every one of the crew would have been swept overboard.
Loss OF SCHOONER ANN ELIZA.-The schooner Ann Eliza, of New York, from Bristol, R. I., bound to Havana, encountered, from the 5th to the 7th Oct. very heavy gales from N.N.E. to E.S.E., during which lost boat and jibboom, carried away the bobstay, sprung the bowsprit, which slackened the rigging, causing the mainmast to tear up the main partners. On the 6th, put the vessel before the wind, heading for Cape Henry; 7th, cut away the mainmast, but while in the act the mast slipped from the step, ripped up the deck, and broke two of the main beams, and the top of the mast remaining fast by the springstay, caused other damage to the foremast and rigging. Captain Coffin finding his vessel becoming unmanageable, and leaking badly, concluded to abandon her, which he did on the 7th, 40 miles S.E. of Cape Henry, and all hands were taken on board the brig Vincennes.
Friday, October 2.
LIGHTNING.-Mr. James McGowan, aged 63, residing in seventh township concession, of Kingston, Upper Canada, was killed by lightning on Friday, Oct. 2. The lightning descended the chimney and struck him as he sat by the fire, killing him instantly.-Christian Guardian.
Saturday, October 3.
The first frost at Quebec, this season, occurred on the 3d instant. Yesterday morning there was ice on standing water about an eighth of an inch in thickness. Vegetation is now checked for six months to come at least. It is stated that since the rains the potatoes not taken up are attacked by the rot; it is also said that it has appeared among those in cellars and root houses. It again rained heavily last night, and the weather still continues rainy, with an easterly wind.-Quebec Gazelle, Oct. 5.
The Marmion, hence at Liverpool, experienced a heavy gale on the morning of the 3d and 4th Oct., in about lon. 35.
Sunday, October 4.
Ship New Hampshire, Chase, 45 days from Liverpool, with mdse to I. Michel, Oct. 4, fat. 50, lon. 14, lost maintopsail yard, maintopsail, foretopmasts, staysail, mainsail, stove bulwarks, lost part archboard off the stern, lost one boat, booms and spars in a gale from N.N. W. 15th, lost maintopmast, topgallantmast, foretopsail yard, foretopgallant yard, main spencer, spanker jib badly damaged, and an entire suit of sails in a gale from N.E., with a heavy sea. 28th, every spar fixed and aloft again, sails mended and set, found the foretopmast sprung. The N. H. has been between Barnegat and the Hook since the 5th inst.; has had a pilot on board three days.
Ship Mary Ann, from Liverpool, has had very heavy weather on the passage. On October 4th, lat. 45, lon. 20, had a severe hurricane, split sails, &c.
Bark John Parker, from Bangor, Wales, has experienced very heavy weather on the passage, and lay to, most of the time, from 4th to 18th Oct., with heavy gales from the westward.
Monday, October 5.
Extract of a letter from Capt. John Miercken, of packet ship Wyoming, dated,
LIVERPOOL, Oct. 20, 1846.
I am under the painful necessity of informing you that on the 5th inst., at 5 P.M., lat, 40.30, lon. 50.40. the ship going at the rate of about five knots per hour, the wind suddenly hauled from S.W. to N.W.-got the yards braced around when the wind immediately veered to N.E., from which point it blew very strong; got the topgallant sails in; jib stowed, topsails down on the cap, reef tackles out, &c. The ship was heading S.E., but the S.W. sea was running very high on the lee bow, which caused the ship to fall in the trough and lurch, and a great body of water came on deck. I saw the mainmast head give way, and thought the topmast would fall to leeward, but the ship suddenly rolled to windward and the topmast fell on the weather side, with all the appendages. When the topmast fell, it carried away the fore and main topgallant masts by the cap, locking and jamming all the braces of the yards on the fore and mizen masts, and rendering for a time the vessel uncontrollable. At the commencement of the gale, the men had just finished reefing the main topsail, and some of them had lain down on the main yard to furl the mainsail, when the ship gave a tremendous lee lurch, tumbling the men down on deck and loverboard, and horrible to relate, five of them perished. The following are their names, viz.: Newton Woodruff, James Tompkins, George Hadley, Abraham Thierson, and Isaac White, (boy.) The names of those that were injured by falling on deck, are as follows: William Flynn, leg broken; Eugene Westphill, do.; Wm. Jones, head badly cut, &c.; Geo. M. Smith, seriously injured in the back and leg; Thomas Wheeler, hurt in the side, and Charles Latour had the cap of his knee put out of place. The second mate had his side badly injured, and was badly cut over the eye, but did not give up doing duty. Latour, Smith, and Wheeler are again able to do duty, the others still incapacitated. It was a most fortunate thing that the topmast fell on the
Wednesday, October 7.
On Wednesday evening, Oct. 7th, our town was visited with a storm of lightning and thunder. In the evening, soon after getting dark, frequent flashes of lightning lit up the heavens. The clouds were thick and dark in the northwest, from which point the electric fluid was playing along the sky. About eight o'clock we had a light shower of rain, the lightning continuing with thunder, not unusually loud, until about half after ten o'clock, when, in an instant, the very atmosphere appeared to be filled with the electric fire, which burst over the town, followed in an instant by a terrific crash of thunder, which left no doubt as to the nearness of the lightning.
Several buildings were, we understand, struck; three of which we saw on the following morning. They were all small buildings, and in the same locality. The first one we saw, had nearly the gable end of it out. The ligh'ning came down the chimney, demolishing it as low as the chamber floor, and passed out near the ground floor. Two persons were, at the time; in the house, in bed, up stairs. One of the beds was just by the chimney, the other in the back part of the room, and the occupants of both escaped without any damage, further than that the one in the bed next to the chimney was slightly hurt by the falling of the bricks.
The lightning in both the other buildings came down the chimnies into the stove pipes, splitting open some of the pipes, and in one instance making a hole like a bullet through one of them, and passing through the floor into the cellar. And in every instance persons were sleeping within a few feet of the spot where the lightning passed through the floor, without receiving the least injury.
We learn that the Cobourg Ladies' Academy was slightly struck, but received no damage.
The interposition of Divine Providence has been strikingly manifested in the preservation of the families thus fearfully exposed. How awfully solemn the thought of going to bed in health and safety, and of being instantaneously ushered into eternity. How necessary to be always ready to meet the approaches of death, in whatever form God may please to commission him to call us.-Canada Christian Advocate of October 13, printed at Cobourg.
Ship Elizabeth, of St. Stevens, New Brunswick, was knocked down on her beam ends on Oct. 7th ; cut away the masts to right her; had nine teet of water in her hold when the captain and crew left her. Brig Wilhelmina, fifty days from Hamburg, Oct. 7th, lat. 44, lon. 42.6, in a gale from N.E. to N.; was knocked down on her beam ends, split sails, &c.; 87 steerage passengers.
Thursday, October 8.
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8.-We have a warm daythe thermometer is at 80 in the shade, and the heat is really oppressive.
Loss of U. S. Mail Schr. Stranger.-The schooner Stranger, W. C. Hammer, master, left Key West on the 3d of Oct., Indian Key on the 7th-experienced the late gale on the 8th, from the N.E., which continued until the 11th, when it increased to a perfect hurricane from E. to E.S.E.; while lying to in the Gulf, was struck by a heavy sea on the starboard quarter, which hove the vessel on her beam ends, swept deck, shifted the cargo, &c.; suceeeded in getting her before the wind, which enabled us in a measure to replace the cargo, when she righted and was
again hove to in 20 fathoms, under balanced reefed mainsail. On the morning of the 12th, at 3 o'clock, she went ashore among the breakers, over which she beat, and drove high and dry on the beach, about twenty miles north of Indian river, where she bilged, Crew and passengers saved. Vessel and cargo a total loss. Capt. Hammer, who arrived here yesterday morning with the U. S. Mail, reports a large ship with painted ports, which had been three days in company, going ashore at the same time on the outer breaker; the wind hauling to the westward she was blown off again, and when he last saw her she was dismasted, and appeared to be settling rapidly. The crew seemed to be engaged in rigging jury masts. No boats could be seen on board of her.-Charleston Cour., Nov. 3.
Friday, October 9.
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9.-We have another unseasonably warm day.
STORM IN VERMONT.-The Montpelier (Vt.) Journal, of the 13th Oct., says: "The storm of Friday, Oct. 9, though brief, was the severest of the season. We picked up hailstones, a few minutes after the storm passed, the central portion of which was as large as a robin's egg, and attached were four branches larger than a pipe stem-the whole stone forming a perfect cross. This form seemed to prevail pretty largely; at any rate, it was literally a shower of icicles for a moment. We hear that a storm was still more severe at the north.-N. Y Daily Tribune of Oct. 17.
Saturday, October 10.
The weather is delightful for October, and the country is looking peculiarly beautiful in all this region. As yet we have had but one frost, and so mild has the weather been that vegetation seems renewed as in the spring. Fruit trees have again put forth blossoms, and ripe raspberries of second growth for the season have been gathered in some of our gardens.-Canandaigua Repository, Oct. 10.
Bark Casilda, from Trinidad de Cuba, Oct. 10th, off the Tortugas, experienced a severe hurricane.
Bark Elizabeth, from Havana for New York. On Oct. 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, experienced a tremendous gale from N.E. to S.E., which terminated in a hurricane, came near going ashore off Savannah, when the wind suddenly shifted from E. to S.E., which enabled us to keep off shore; lost jibboom, bulwarks, caboose-house, and received other damage; 14th, saw a brig to windward, with loss of topmast.
Brig Gustavus, from Mansanilla, Oct. 10th and 11th experienced heavy gales from N.E. which for 18 hours blew a perfect hurricane-hove overboard deckload. 12th, off the Tortugas, saw a bark, both foretop-sailyard and jibboom gone. 13th, saw a large ship ashore on Florida Reef. 19th, off Cape Hatteras, saw a bark with main-mast gone, standing East, had a jury-mast with a small sail on it.
Brig Tecumseh, Hausen, Cedar Keys, Fa., 26th ult. On the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, in the gulf stream, S. of Hatteras, had a very heavy N.E. gale; on 10th shipped a heavy sea, stove galley, knocked long boat out of the chocks, split sails, and received a considerable damage in our rigging.
Extract of a letter via Nassau, dated Havana, Oct. 12, 1846:
"We avail ourselves of this opportunity to convey to you the melancholy tidings of a dreadful hurricune which visited our city on the night of the 10th, and the whole day yesterday.
"The destruction both in town and harbor is very great; many stone buildings have been thrown down and of wood houses very few remain; the vessels in port have all received severe damage, many entirely sunk, others smashed to pieces, and every thing presents such an awful aspect, that it would be difficult to give a true description of the horrible scene which presents itself to the eye.
"From the country only partial advices have been received, and we learn that not a "coffee tree" remains standing, and that the cane is thrown down.
"Large quantities of provisions will be wanted, and some hints are given about free importation of some articles.
"Every thing is so confused yet, that nothing certain can be said, but our next will bring you full particulars."
From the Norfolk Beacon of Monday, Nov. 2. The U. S. schr. Flirt, Lieut. A. Sinclair, com