Brig "William the Fourth", George Milne - 1835
FO 446/4, LDS microfilm 1494331, folio 136 - 137, pages 272-275 - Printer Friendly Version
Protest extended, " William the Fourth", George Milne
who declared that
the said vessel being laden with a general cargo they the said appearers
sailed on the 25th day of April of last year on board the said Brig from
the Port of Liverpool in the county of Lancaster bound direct to the Port
of Valparaiso in Chile and proceeded on the voyage without any[thing]
worthy of notice occurring until the 24th day of July when they arrived
off St. John's Point, Staten Land.
On the 18th observed in Latitude 59° 15' South Long 74° 30' West, heavy gales which lasted until the 20th lay to, this gale was from the WSW lying up NW making a course about NE the ship drifting & shipping great quantities of water, pumps carefully attended to, as occasion required.
On the 24th more moderate
wore the ship to the Southward & Westward again. Wind WNW blowing
heavy gale close reefed the sails, squally with very changeable weather
with snow & hail, took in & set sail as occasion required tacking
on the most favourable tack for making Westing. Saw Cape Horn bearing
North, very stormy weather.
On the 22nd saw the
Cape again bearing WNW distant about 10 leagues, heavy gales with a high
sea. At 11 am shipped a heavy sea on board broke the wheel, carried away
all the rails and quarter boards, split the main trysail, broke the vans?
of the main boom, bobstay chains all having given way the ? still increasing
four of the chain plates of the main rigging gave way and likewise of
the fore rigging.
On the 3rd & 4th days of October the gale increased from the ESE to E had sounding 40 fathoms at this time they supposed themselves to the northward of Cape Corrientes and lying up NE to NNE with the variation Easterly one point and a quarter, but in this they were deceived being about 18 leagues to the southward of the said Cape Corrientes.
At 1 am on the 5th day of the same month the vessel struck and broke her rudder, heavy breakers coming over the ship and sinking heavily, cut away the masts so that she should lay easier which she did at daylight about a cable's length & a half from the shore having had no observation for five days previous that that on which the vessel was wrecked.
And the said appearer
further declared that the said Brig at the time of her sailing form Liverpool
aforesaid upon the said intended voyage was tight staunch strong and had
her hatches well and sufficiently caulked and covered & was well and
sufficiently provided & furnished with all things needful & necessary
for the said voyage, and that they the said appearer and the rest of the
ship's company used their utmost endeavours to preserve the Brig and cargo
THE NEXT PAGE OF THE REGISTER BOOK IS MISSING - but we can safely assume that the last lines state something to the effect that "the losses shall be paid by those whom it may concern as being occasioned by the reasons aforesaid and not through any insufficiency or neglect of the vessel, her tackle, furniture or crew"
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