the cambus wallace...
THE BRISBANE COURIER, Wednesday, September 5, 1894
Almost in sight of port, after voyaging half-way round the world, the barque
Cambuswallace has become a total wreck, involving the loss of six lives.
Early on Monday morning, in the darkness and rain, miles out of her course, and staggering under the heavy South-East squalls, the vessel went ashore on Stradbroke Island, and within twelve hours practically went to pieces.
The place where the ill-fated vessel struck, 200 yards from the beach, is one in which, especially with a North-East or South-East wind blowing, it would be impossible for the strongest vessel long to hold together, and the force of the breakers on this occasion was such that only the bowsprit, a portion of the stern, and a few broken timbers were to be seen yesterday afternoon.
A VOYAGE OF GALES.
As related by the captain, the voyage of the Cambuswallace was one succession of gales and squalls. No sooner had she temporarily repaired the damage caused by one gale than another swept down with increased fury, and created further damage. The barque left Glasgow on the 3rd May, and from the time of leaving the Channel until Sunday last, when she sighted what is considered to be the Solitaries, land had not been sighted.
The passage had taken 121 days, and as a fair indication of the weather she experienced, it may be mentioned that she encountered no less than four heavy gales in one week. On one occasion the sea washed away two of the boats, the iron deck-house was stove in, and one of the seamen Westhall had his ribs broken.
On Sunday last, although the weather was very misty, the captain managed to take observations, and estimated that his vessel was thirty-five miles off the land. A northerly course was then shaped. On Sunday evening the barque was hove to, and a man was sent aloft to the top gallant yard to keep a lookout for the land.
At 4:45a.m. on Monday, the weather being very dirty and it being almost impossible to see for any distance, the mate called the captain and told him that in his opinion they were near the breakers. The Captain had barely time to come on deck before the vessel struck. The captain stated that on reaching the shore he was totally unconscious and did not regain his senses till early the following morning.
THE DROWNING OF THE STEWARD.
This officer was in his cabin at the time of the shock, and was busily fixing on a lifebelt when he was warned by one of the seamen to come on deck, as the ship could not possibly hold together. His reply was inaudible, but, apparently unconvinced that the danger was so great, he closed the door of the cabin and refused to leave. Nothing more was seen of the unfortunate man, and it is surmised that he was either drowned in his cabin or killed when the vessel broke up. His body has not yet been recovered.
The names of those saved are as follow:-
Captain W.A. Leggat; George Paul, first mate; Henry Martin, second mate;
W. Stevens, third mate.; C. Alson, A.B.; G. Mathers, A.B.; Gustave Kindmerk, A.B.; F. Westholm, A.B.; Vladimir Madison, A.B.; F.Frederickson, A.B.; Jack Bryce, A.B.; Charles Watson, A.B.; Peter Kennedy, A.B.; Murdoch Macaulay, A.B.; John Markey, A.B.; Alexander Brandt, A.B.; John Reid, A.B.; Apprentices: W. Muir, John Patterson, J. Finlayson, and Walter Neilson.
The names of those drowned are:-
R.Birch, Steward; Thomas O’Neill, cook; Thomas Smith, carpenter; W.Patterson, A.B.; D. McLaughlan, A.B.; A. Peoples, A.B.