|Loss of the Steam Ship Mercury
Captain William Charlesworth, of the screw steam-ship Mercury, of Waterford, who landed from the steamship Mauritius at Falmouth on Tuesday, arrived at Plymouth on Wednesday. The Mercury left Bordeaux on the 10th ultimo, with a cargo of clover-seed, wine, brandy, &c.. for London ; and at half-past 9 the next evening was run into by a large outward-bound barque, apparently French, which struck the vessel amidships, stopped her engines in ten minutes, and caused her to sink within half an hour. The barque kept her course. The crew, 22, in two boats, which were kept. afloat with great difficulty, continued in the Bay of Biscay 20 hours without water until relieved by the barque Johanna, of Hartlepool, which conveyed them to Gibraltar ; the master, four men and the stewardess took passage in the Mauritius, three hands joined her crew, and 13 were left, at Gibraltar.-Weekly Despatch, February 4.
SG & SGTL Vol 12 ; Page 90 ; 14 May 1855
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