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SHIPWRECKED ON BOARD THE BRIG FLORA OF PHILADELPHIA, AND
TAKEN UP BY CAPTAIN BURTON OF THE SNOW THAMES OF LONDON.
(From Captain Burton's Journal of a Voyage from London to Madeira, and
thence to New Providence.)
[With an elegant Plate, illustrative of the desperate Situation of the unfortunate
ON Wednesday the 24th of Oc- their account, thirteen days on tober, 1804, we saw something in the bowsprit, with no other susthe North-west appearing like a tenance than the piece of the boat with one sail set; hauled up shark we had seen, and some salttowards it, and in a quarter of an bu ter, as will appear from the hour after discovered it to be a subjoined narrative. The captain, wreck, with her masts gone and Thomas Burrows, who was one of her bowsprit standing. What we them, on being brought on board, took for a sail was a piece of can- fainted away several times. The vass hoisted on the bowsprit for a legs of all of them were dreadfully signal. Soon after we discovered ulcerated, and they were emacie four men on the bowsprit, and ated and feeble to a degree scarcely likewise part of a shark, and a fire conceivable. We made a bed for in of butter hanging under it. them on the quarter-deck, setting We hauled
цр close to the wreck. up an apaing over it, and gave At ten hove-to, hoisted the boat them very assistance necessary.
"two ladies, our passengers, ous, and took the men on board.
that sympathy and tenderness condtion, having remained, which ever distinguishes the sex,
were most assiduously atteative to wręck.So true is it that those them, doing every thing in their who go down to the sea in ships, power to contribute to their relief and who do business in great and comfort. We were particu- waters, see the works of the LORD, larly careful to prevent them from and his wouders in the deep. gratifying their eager desire to as The following is the narrative suage the burning thirst they had of the loss of the ship of which we so long suffered by drinking too discovered the wreck, and of the copiously, which might have been sufferings of the crew, written by fatal to them; and we therefore Mr. Thomas Burrows, the masier. supplied them with fresh water at first only sparingly and cautiously,
• Account of the Loss of the Briz We gave them some sago, and
Flora, of Philadelphia, Thomas made them some chicken-broth;
Burrows, Master, on a Voyage and they soon began to recover
to Cayenne and South America. their spirits and strength. As their On Friday the 28th of Sepclothing was in a very wretched teinber 1804, we sailed from Phi. plight, from the distress they had ladelphia, in good order, and wellsuffered, our people furnished conditioned for sea; our crew them with new clothes; and we consisting of the following perhad the happiness daily to see a sons :rapid progress in the re-establish • Thomas Burrows, master ; mentof their health.
Williain Davidson, supercargo; While we were lying-to, and Jacob Oldenberg, mate; Josiah the people with the boat were Anderson, steward; Samuel Bab. employed in taking the poor men cock, seaman; John Nevan, ditto ; from the wreck, we caught six William Story, ditto; Joseph Wile dolphins.
den, ditto; Josiah Smith, boy: Our latitude to-day at noon, James (aineron, ditto. by observation, was 25, 5, North ; « On Tuesday, the 1st of Oetofrom which it appeared that we her, we discharged our pilot, and · had been carried by soine current, took our departure from Cape or some unknown cause, eleven Henlopen, with a pleasant breeze miles to the Northward of our ac- from the North-eastward, all well count, by which deviation from the on board. Nothing of importance course we had intended to steer occurred il Tuesday the 8th, we were brought to the spot where when the wind hauled to the the wreck lay; a deviation the South-eastward, and continued in inore extraordinary, as it hud. that direction till the 10th, with a never occurred to us in any fore heavy swell from the East-northmer voyage, and can only be as east. On Friday. the 12th, we cribed to the immediate direction found by observation that we were of his all-gra ious Providence, in latitude 28, 50, North, longiwhose reuder mercies are over all tude 54, 0, West. Observing it Haus works, and who kad ordained to look for a blow from the North, that we xhould be the instruments east, we took in our jib, square of his merciful goodness, hay di-- main-sail, top-gallant-sails, and covering and rescuing from their stay-sails. At four in the aftesdreadful situation the four pour noon, the gale increasing, we clase souls we took on board from the reefed the top-sails, sent the cope
gallant yards down, and took in William Story, and the two boys, iwo reefs of the fore and aft main- Smith and Cameron: the afore sail. At midnight, tie gale still mast soon afterwards went by the increasing from the North-east- board. ward, we handed the top-sails, and • Day-light came on, and disa hove-to under the fore-sail and covered the most dismal sight erer main-stay-sail. At one A. M. of beheld by the eye of man. The Saturday the 13th handed the fore- vessel was an entire wreck, with sail and main-stay-sail ; hove-to masts and spars hanging to it; under the balance-reefed inain- while different parts of the cargo, sail; the gale increasing with a as they floated from time to time heavy sea, thunder, lightuing, and out of the hold, washed over us. violent rain. At two A. M. the gale At length we shipped a heavy sea still increasing, handed the balance abaft, which stoved in the stern ; main-sail, and hove-to under bare and made an opening through poles, the brig making good wea- which the cargo in the cabia washther. The gale still continuing to ed out; and thus the wreck be
increase, ali hands were employed caine considerably lightened. I , 'on deck, and our pump kept con We remained on the inainstantly going; till finding it im- chains till eight o'clock in the possible that the brig could lie-to morning, when we took to the any longer, we called all hands aft, . bowsprit, thinking that the safest and it was determined, for the part of the wreck. About nine, preservation of the vessel, to cut William Story, and the bos, Wil
away the main-mast, and scud be- liam Cameron, 'drifted or board, · fore the wind. Every thing being on the caboose-louse. We now prepared, we divided accordingly: liad lost all hope, and resigned but before we could get tothe mast, ourselves to our fute, expecting we were struck by a whirlwind, . every wave to swallow us up. which hove the brig on ber beam About noon the boy died through ends. Every person or board, fatigue, and we coinmittud his except Joseph Wildern, a seaman body to the deep. In the latter --who, being in the forecastle, kas part of this day the gale became
drowned-now rau to the wind more moderate, but a heavy sea ward side of the vessel. We in- continued running. On Monday mediately cut the lanyards of the the 15th William Story died for main-bigging, and the main-inast want of subsistence, and the mate, went by the board. By this time froin extreine hunger, actually the hatches had bursted up; the devoured a part of his flesh; all vessel filled with water; and the the rest, however, refused to share cargo was floating out at each with himn, and the remains were hatch-way. All hope of saving the comınitted to the deep. ship being, now at an end, self · When we had continued in preservation becāine the only ob- this disinal situation till Wednese, ject with every one; and we en- day the 17th, the gale had become deavoured to lash ourselves to the considerably more moderate; and main-chuins, when a heavy sea it occurred to us, that by diving broke over us, and carried away into the half-deck, we might oba Willian Davidson the supercaryo, tain something on which we might