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Friday morning arrived the Estramina,
last from Hobart Town, where she arrived the 12th of April from Port Dalrymple, and sailed again the 21st. She searched twice at Cape Barren, and brings three prisoners who had escaped from Hobart Town in an open boat, and after making Cape Barren with inconceivable risque, were there apprehended by the sealers, and kept to close confinement till an opportunity offered of rendering them
up to justice. About five weeks since she fell in
with the sloop Raven belonging to Mess. Raby and Wills; her people were in
great distress for want of provisions,
having for some unknown causes considerably overstaid their time. Lieut. Oxley, commanding the Estramina, relieved their wants with such grain as could be spared from his own vessel, and parted with her near Port Dalrymple, whither the designed going in order to get their grain ground into meal for the passage up. A tremendous hurricane
coming on before it was possible she could have made Port Dalrymple, added to her non arrival after such a lapse of time, leaves a doubt of her safety, and gives birth to the most serious apprehension for the safety of her people, who including the sealing gang which she was ten weeks since purposely dispatched
to bring carefully up, were eleven in number.
Yesterday arrived the Atlantic south whaler, Captain Swain, six months from England. She saw twelve line of battle
ships, which Captain Swain supposed to be either French or Spanish, cruising off Teneriffe, but no accounts are received in confirmation of Lord Nelson's last splendid victory and glorious but lamentable fall.
Captain Swain went for the fishery direct, and has already procured eighty barrels of spermaceti oil. His object in touching here now is to
examine the sheathing of his ship, which is in some places defective.
Shortly before the Estramina left the
River Derwent, two men unfortunately
perished by a whale boat upsetting in which they were transporting four valuable kangaroo dogs to the opposite side,
neither of which ever reached the shore. On Tuesday sailed the brig Venus for Hobart Town.
Same day sailed the Governor Hunter for Port Dalrymple; and Marcia for the
Southward. Monday sailed the Contest for King's
On Friday sailed the Charlotte for Hawksbury; and this day the sloop Hawksbury to sail for ditto.