Moreton Bay Courier.
SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1847.
WRECK OF THE SOVEREIGN STEAMER
ON THURSDAY MORNING LAST. FORTY-FOUR LIVES LOST.
THE melancholy intelligence of the total loss of the Sovereign steamer on the spit outside Amity Point, reached town at a late hour last night. This distressing event occurred in consequence of both engines having broken down while at- tempting to go over the bar. She broke up a few minutes after striking on the spit, and the boats were destroyed at the same time. Only ten persons have been saved ; and of those, three were so serious- ly wounded and disabled, that they were conveyed to the Hospital immediately on
their arrival in town. We cannot find
words at present to express our feelings on being made acquainted with this sad catastrophe. In common with many others, we have to mourn the loss of friends thus hurried prematurely before their
Maker. At the late hour at which we
write, the greatest excitement prevails - many of the inhabitants are well nigh
distracted at the loss of their relatives and
friends. The following is the list of the persons drowned, viz. :-
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gore, two children, and
Mr. H. Dennis . Darling Downs. Mr. Berkeley . Brisbane.
Mr. Joyner . Pine River and Sydney. Mr. Elliot . Clarence River.
Mrs. Bishop . South Brisbane. Mrs. Chettle . North Brisbane.
And sixteen male passengers.
James Ryan . Steward.
________ . Stewardess
Michael Mooney . 2nd Steward. Harry _____ . 3rd ditto.
________ . 4th ditto.
Mr. Gibson . 1st Officer.
Mr. Brown . 2nd Officer.
Mr. Sommerville . 1st Engineer.
Mr. Robertson . 2nd ditto. John Smith . Fireman. Isaac Jones . Seaman. Robert Mackenzie . Ditto. Henry Cumberland . Ditto. John Miller . Ditto. John _____ . Ditto.
John Blaim . 1st Cook.
________ . 2nd ditto.
Total loss, 44; saved, 10, including Captain Cape and Mr. Richard Stubbs, cabin passenger.
The Captain states there was no wind at the time the engines broke down ; that he let go the anchors, notwithstanding which the rollers bore her rapidly on the spit, about four miles distant from More- ton Island, where she became a complete wreck in a very short time. The mail
has been saved. Mrs. Gore and one male
passenger have been washed ashore, and buried. No other bodies, nor any part of the cargo, had been seen at the time when Captain Cape left Moreton Island. So rapid was the destruction of the vessel that three men were killed before they attempted to leave the wreck. Both the pilot and his assistant were absent at the time - the former with the Tamar, the latter in the William ; but the pilot's
servant and native crew launched the
spare boat, and immediately proceeded to render assistance ; and have just arrived
with the survivors at the settlement.