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AN ANCIENT WRECK.
TO THE EDITOR Ol' TUE AnilL'S.
Sir-In Kingsley a storj, Utoffiy Hamlyn, occuro the tollownig -
"I'oian tho coast here, under a hopeless black blanltlo c1 rt Is tobo seen the wreck of a very ver) old ship now covered with coral and souweid I watted down thoro for a spr mr tide, but could determine iiotlunit save that she WAS very old
w bother Dutoh or S| aniBh I Know not \ on buchst] should never sneer at Itioau two nations, tiley were botoro you ever) where ' An 1 in a note
' such a ship maj lo Been In the onstern enl of Portant Da), near tile inoiern town of Port tah)
Hie remains of such n ship undoubtedly exist, but tint in the place ruther nicotine quently deeonbeel by the uuthor 'i hey are covered over by the hummock sand, but micht easily enough, I think, begot at, and the condition of her timbers is far better than those of tim Viking ship recently found in Norway after burial for nearl) n thousand years By the courtesy of Mr J A. Li nar ot Queen street, Melbourne I um furnished with a Bight bearing taken bv the late Captain Mills, harbourmaster of Belfast, who gave it from recollection Well to the eastward of Gorman's lune, proceed eastward along the bench till jon bring tho point of land on
which the old ¡ron church stood ni line with the highpst point of lower Hill Island DIB wreck v/ould he nlmnst in straight line with those objects well in the hummocks I have also received a letter from Mr It Osburne author of the Ilatoiyof Wai mimiool, enclosing a rough sketch ot the position of the wreck Mr Hugh Donnelly, of Laang, tells me that she was first seen in lSilb, und that statements of natives 70 or SO years ol I made at the time were to ths edict thal the wteck had been there since their childhool had "alwavs been there, ' ond in the Biuno condition us then, could not account for how she got there, nor waa there any tradition nbont her Captain Mills told Mr L) nar that there was a tradition amongst the Yangery natives ot
'yellow men" coming among thom, but whence the- came no one knew 1 here IB ovldent room to theorise nere at great length, and in a most satislaeiory manner
Mr M C Donnelly, ot "-meaton, mining Burvevor, saw the timbers of the wreck as late ns lb80 Captain Mn«nn, ol Belfast, wrote lo 'Hie Aimn in April 187(1, on the subject He thought her about 100 tons, and that she WIIB built ni mahogany or cedar Uther eBtimntcs give her 00 or 70 ti ns All are a_reed about her rem irknblc dist ince from the waters edge, estimates vnrjing from 1 to 200 )arila, nloo her great blight above the water up a hummock, in tact Mr. M C Donnelh SIDS hi thinks about 30 feet Mr Hugh Donnelly describee her na l)ing "almost broadside on lier stern, und last in the brow of the IOOBC dry sand, on the edge of the natural verdure ot the hummock "
I\ow, it would aeem that whether this ship came ashore with her crevv,or «as abandoned at sen, und drifted here, it search would probtbly nsult in brinun^ to lif,bt some of her armament or stores, such at least ol the heavier part as has not been distributed b) thcnntivcB In one win or other a portion ot her sei ret could be wrest d from her
A little expenditure would Ho doubt be repaid b) results in intillectiiiil exercise, also of an antiquarian, geographic, or histnue kind lhere is what I think we might venture to call "hietonc evidence ot her having been in her present position and state for more than a centiir) She is probably, therefore as the novelist Bays, ' aver), very old ship '
'Io the present the only attempts to acquire information about her have been made by two gentlemen, one of whe m tried to cut a piece from one ot her timbi ra with his pen killie, and failed owing to the extreme hard ness of tue timber, the other tailed from the annie eiusi, and bruin Ihe bia Je ot his knile And jet this wreck has Irom time tourne rouaed a e,ood de ii ot interest nnd curiosity She hat been evi r since 1830 known BS the foreign or Spanish, us she pro bubly is but wh) no one aeetus to know She l8 tin" centre one of three about eqni
distant-the onls wrecks of historic interest on an) pnrt of the Australian coast 1 he two other« nre Henl)'a ship the Ihutle 07 tons, on Relfast bench , the other the Luterprise, at Warrnambool
Any further inlormation in my possession will be placed at the disposal ot inquirers Mr T II Osborn« malinger ol tne Wurrnam. bool btesm Navigation Compati), and Mr li A C Miicdonuld, town clerk will also be glud to lurnish any information in their uowcr -I remain, 4-c ,
Warrnambool, April IO,