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(By "Junius.") J

Hitubinbruok an J Cardwell.

l'or tim îeaeou that Cardwell HUI for Hoiue time the mott northern sett Icc portion of Queensland-with tho cjtccp lion of (somerset-much maritime bib lory has rent red round there Also, a the time when the great cedar foresti of Cairns and Atherton were beim plundered, many blundering .ships ram bled lip that way to i-arry olf the Hpoils

'/lie first recorded wreck in this lo

c.-,lily was that of thc ¿hip Lady Ul

lintt. She struck a reef off Cardwell ir 1815, atd she certainly had a fine sc lection to choose from.

lt was from Cardwell that tho schoonci liva sailed for Townsville on March 1st 1S67. She did not turn up, but thal

[was not unusual in those days, so noth

ing was done until tho steamer Blacli I'rinee brought in news on October ISth oí white folk seen on Hinchinbrook, Two Feureh parties set out, only to es- tablish that the castaways-one of whon was a woman-had landed there anti had perished.

NV\t to her came thc Sydney schooner Snowbird, which was burnt off Card »ell in August of 18(10. There prob ably is a score against Palm Islanc

blacks on this account.

Off thc entrance to Halifax Bay that H.M.S. Basilisk picked up tho schoonci Teri in February oí 1871. Hers is t talc of incredible brutality, mutiny, and a drift over 1800 miles of reef-studded o<*oau to the coast of Queensland fron Fiji. Only U «ut of 80 natives wcr< alive when picked up.

Thc steamer Banshee, caught in a gale on March 21st, 1876, was wrecked on Cape Sandwich with a loss of I! lives. Her story was told by " Syd Swagman" in thc Cap. of 10-1-29.

It wa« on the E.S.E. end of Hinchin- brook that the survivors from the French Barque Success landed, aftei being castaway from that vessel on July 8th, 1878. They were picked up by tho steamer Victoria.

Ramsey Bay, on the S.E. side of Hin- chinbrook Island, was the scene of the nest smash. The 233-ton Sydney barque Harriet Armitage was lost here in July, 1879.

Following her came the J 050-ton Mel- bourne ship Merchant. She bad been to Cardwell to repair damage sustained through stranding while on her way from Cairns to Melbourne with cedar logs and sailed just as an old-man blow came along. She probably finished up on one of the reefs off Cardwell, but much wreckage from her was picked up off the Frankland Islands.

The Charles Andrews, a Sydney barque of 366 tons, waa the next. Sh« iwcnt up in Ramsey Bay in October,


I A 198-ton brigantine, the Belle, wa*

the next Ramsey Bay victim, she piling up there in January of 1880.

Then came the loss of tbe 210-ton Melbourne brig Rebecca Jane, jibe also chose-or was driven into-Ramsey Bay for the final death struggle.

Kennedy Shoal.

. On this tho 671-ton steamer Lady Bowen wes wrecked in August of 1891. Particulars aro sparse.

Th lugger Maud, at anchor under South Barnard, waa blown into eternity during the cyclone in March, 1890. She took two lives with ber, and a frenzied wife, who «aw them go, was left alon» with her terrified children for a fort- night before help came.

The steamer Arakoon, from Johnston River to Townsville, banana-laden, gave up the ghost to the south of Barnard Island on 4th February, 1896.

Frankland Islands.

Cn August 1st, 1875, the 654-ton barque f aval Brigade was lost on this group. She bad arrived at Townsville on June Stn of that year, discharged, end was then on her way to Java.

There was no loss of life.

Johnstone River.

The 80-ton steamer Polly caused a mild sensation by sinking here in the year 1889.

Arlington Reef.

The schooner Torres piled up her« on March 25th, 1918. '

Caima and Green Island.

Green leland was the scene of a mas- sacre, by Palm leland blacks, of most of tho crew of the Goodwell. She left Townsville on May 3rd, 1673, on a beche-de-mer fishing trip, and picked up Borne treacherous Palm Island natives en route. At Green Island on the 6th the blacks murdered two out of three of the whites, and only the strenuous objection of the third tb (submit to a

like fate saved bim.

Just a year later Kelly, the sole sur- vivor, joined the Margaret Jane on *> fishing trip to Green Uland, and again he waa the only survivor in a full- blown massacre. Palm leland blacks called again and cleaned up the whole


The brig Kate Conolley left Cairns on March 8th, 1878, and that waa the last seen of ber. Years later ber bull was found ju Temple Bay, 300 miles pr so

to the north.

On April 24th, 1S86, tho schooner Upolu was found on tba reef in Trinity opening, which noir bears ber name. Tho verdict wac careless navi- gation.

It was from Cairns that the 305-ton barque Deodarue Bailed on June 26th, 1687, for Townsville. She waa wreck-

ed tie following night on one of the

reefs south from Cairns.

Tho 69-ton schooner Adieu foundered In Trinity Bay in April, 1895.

In May, 1911, the Valda, a racing flattie, left Green Island for Cairns wita four youths on board. That was tbe last ever seen of them, though the boat was picked up at Capo Bedford on Juno

22nd, ?

The topsail schooner Dancing Wave waB blown away from ber anchorage off Cairns in January, 1913. Only scraps of wreckage were, picked up at Cape


Alexander Reef.

On this reef tho s.e. Innaniinnka drove during u black night of smother and riot on January 30th, 1913. A few feel-comparatively-either way would hive meant an outsize in funerals. As it was, she got off almost ecot free.

Port Douglas.

The 45-ton schooner Index, timber laden from Maryborough, was inhospit- ably received on ker arrival at Port Douglas. She had to anchor, awaiting the calming ol tho ruffled tempest, but this only incited the storm gods to fur- ther efforts and elie piled up and broke up in despair. Thc Marino Board rose alertly in its wrath and commanded the unhappy mister to appear before H and show causo why his certificate --hould sot be dealt with. He duly ap r*tí, ten «sj Asea mm ta -eft«

forgotten Iti former rage, sud landed out a mild censure.

The d.s. Dove, a peaceful ark of 1 (ons, got mixed up in a brawl with thc elcnients in March of 11)11 and ceased to flutter, tiho was the only vessel wrecked, mainly because she was thc only ono there.

Cape Tribulation.

Somewhere east from herc Cook's En- deavour struck on June 11th, 1770. felic

was refloated nest day, dragged across | Weary Bay in a waterlogged condition and sighted llopo Islands before elie finally reached u haven of refuge at En- deavour river. Cook bestowed all of those names, and they perpetuate in a singular maimer thc rise und fall of hope, und thc weary tribulation which

attended their sustained endeavour.

Thc ] 32-ton brigantine Minnie was wrecked on reefs off Weary Bav in May of 1877.

' C Reef.

This reef-with its alphabetical part- ner, D reef-lies near the route and has caused much tribulation to and pro- fanity among mariners ever since Cook wormed his way past them. Most of the craft got clear again after thc heavens had rocked with the blizzard of invective, but the trim brig Julia M. Avery, which reposed there on February 16th, 1885, through wrong orders, stay- ed there. A Marine Court remarked, bitterly, that there seemed to have been no intention to induce her to do other- wise.'

D Reef.

The schooner Ella was lost here some

timo during 1676. My records do not say when.


The schooners Kate Kearney and Thomas Day were both wrecked here in February of 1884, the schooner Peveril following in April of the same year.

Tho Ill-ton auxiliary schooner Papuan blew up hore on February 18th, 1007, as a result of mixing leaking tins of benzine, copra, and untutored children of nature who smoked cigar- ettes intermittently.

The 48-ton Sydney schooner Sea

Breeze was burnt here in October of 1919.

Cape Bedford.

Thc mission schooner Harrier was «mashed up on reefs off here on July 23rd, 1891. Tho castaways then had at least one thing in common with St. Paul.

(To he Continued.)