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THE ADMELLA WRECK   From A. T. SAUNDERS : — The account from the "Leisure Hour' of 1862 in Satur-     day's Register is good but not quite accu-     rate. Ben Germein, in the Admella's   patched-up boat, was the first to rescue people from the wreck, one being Capt.   McEwan, who was nearly dead. There   were four boats at the wreck, ignoring Ben   Germein's own boat, which was useless.     These four boats were, first the Semaphore     pilot boat, which with her crew, were   brought from Port Adelaide by the Corio.   Some of the crew hesitated to leave the   Corio for the wreck, and were justified in   so doing, the weather was so bad, but   when the late Hugh Quin and William Wells, both of Port Adelaide, offered to go   in the boat, the boat's crew no longer hesitated, but manned her and went. The boat could not get to the Admella, nor back to the Corio, so the crew beached   her where Germein and others were. The   second and third boats were the lifeboat   and a whaleboat brought by the steamer   Ladybird from Portland. Both these     boats tried on the Friday to reach the   Admella, and both failed. On the Satur-   day the Port Adelaide pilot boat was   launched from the shore, and got close to   the Admella, but was swamped. Ben Ger-   mein in the Admella's boat, followed the   pilot boat, got three persons from the   wreck, transferred them to the pilot boat,   which had been bailed out, and Germein   then went back to the wreck and got another passenger. Meantime the lifeboat from the Ladybird rescued the rest of the people from the Admella. I have been corrected about the Mr. Melville I know. He was not the Mr. H. D. Melville, the Port Robe harbour master, but Mr. John Melville, who was Port Adelaide pilot, harbour master at Glenelg, Port Mac- donnell, and Port Augusta. I had not seen him since 1868, and thought he was the Port Robe harbour master. It was a coincidence that two men named Mel- ville should be so connected with South Australian marine matters, and one should be harbour master at Port Robe and the other at Port Macdonnell. Mr. H. D. Melville, of Port Robe, became secretary   of the Forest Board, and I never knew him by sight. Leach's Admella medal (or   medals) is in the Museum, and another Admella medal is, I am told, in possession of Mr. Rendall, of the Semaphore.    

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