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THB CAPTAIN'S STATEMENT.
Captain Wiinun in an interview stated;-We left Kinma for ¡sydney at 6.20 a.m. on baiurda), and entered the Heads at 8 p m., with the wind prettj fresh from the south. Beat up the weat channel, and was on a lack fruin shark Point heading lor Garden Inland, when the oteauier Adelaide oiuiu in sight un the LOI thuin «ide ot Pinchgut. We saw her first al tht tuue we cleared Bradley'« Head. When courin»; almost midway between Bradley'« Head aud Garden island the Auclaide w.is heaulug towards Clark Island Had aba kept that course she would have cleared the schooner by about three points ash»ru on the stannard quarter. She sttuck us, how- ever, just «batt tho tore rigging, and the whistle ou board was blowing, but too late to avert a collision
1 ho item ut the steamer out into usueaily up to the combings of the main hatch, and we sank altnoai instantly-didn't nott a minute. Captain Wilson goes on to say-" I think he had his pro- peller stopped, but cannot say positively, having enough to do to look out tor my uwu vessel. I gave orders to olear the boat, aud told ih crew to look out f m theuibelves. Frederick Taylor, the mate, was, when i last saw him, standing near the utera of the buai, which was lying; on tho hatenway upright
He ia said to be Jost. He ia . mau 01 about 40 years of age, and has a b rot hu a master mariner sailing out of ¡sydney in charge o; the uchoi ner Morning Light. The other men on boam were Jnn»uh Benson, cook and steward, John Torsuii A.B., A. Swanson, A.B., and Harry Lingreen, A.B I couldn't say whether the Lost was damagtu in the collision-that is, whether the stem oi
the Adelaide struca it. lhere was very little time.
A« to the mate, Jioor fellow, l'u alma be is poue. bootu ot the meufaw him going np the lore-rigging, and he probably got taught underneath it as the ship Went dbwn. All the io en ran to the rigging when tht i t-aw tue schooner was doomed, their luteunon being ti scramble on board the Adelaide over the bows, which wore then ngut Letween the tore nud main rifrgiu* Had line« been tbiown lroui the Meunier at this time i think the men could have oeeu bauied on board, ibe
would certaiuly have had a belter chance, bui in the excitement the poor fellows had to du the best they could. As it was two of theo got on board th»\ steamer, and two went down with the scuooner, but carno to the auriaoe direotij aller. 1 hey »ere reeCUKt by a sailing boat withmj sell. The boat turned out to belong to Mr. OSG»I Mack»}, the caretaker at the School ot Arts, and h acted bravely by us. A* I say, twu of the wen got oi. hoard tho Adelaide. I was on the poop at the time, mid I stopped there se the wheel until tue veese sank I tried theil to get clear ot her with the lifebuoi un the weather quarter, but she took me down and I wai in the Kater about» quarter of an hour. Atur we wen picked up we were .put ou the steamer Spark, aud wert ukeu to Circular Quay, where the water police took ua to the hospital." '
Captain W ilson saya that at the hospital they were very kindly treated. Two of the men are rtili there '1 he whole of the effects belonging to himself and lh. crew were lost. At the time of the occurrence (abou 6 p.m.) it waa ebb tide (the captain's watoi, stopped exactly 'at b o'clock). ' He has com- manded vessels on the coast for 20 yearn, and some tour years ago had charge of this same vesse,
lins was her tirat trip in tue Kiama trade, lhe veseei. like the persoual effects ot the master and the crew, wa not insured. hue Is owned by Mr. John 1 hillip» Bathurat-streei, coal men hant. Captain »llaonlooU more dead ti aa alive, and ia evidently suffering tro the effects ot his humcrsion and the atieuuaut awtietj
lie is a very well known shipmaster out ot by due,;, and was last in a vessel named ibu Venture.