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our last issue, we were incorrect, we find, in assigning 29'31 only as the lowest range of the Barometer; the mercury having stood at 29-069 at 6h. 56m. on the 16th. The following is a memorandum of the range during that day, corrected for temperature, &c, as noted at the Magnetic Observatory by Lieutenant Ludlow :—
Ship George the Fourth's report to the Master Attendant of Madras.
"I beg to say, upon slipping last Sunday, we experienced a hard gale from Northward veering to Westward, with tremendous squalls which lasted till about 4 A. M. The following morning more moderate, and settling into fresh SWy. Monsoon with fine weather. According to your request, I have sent the indication of Simp, and Bar. together with Lat. and Long, each day at noon."
Midnight, 4J0 A. M.
Ship City of Poonah's report. Sunday, 16th May, 1841.—At day light, fresh gale with rain, found the Barque Ann driving near to us; at 10 A. M. veered away to 90 fathoms. Barque still driving. At 30r.M. slipped our chain, and stood
out to sea under treble reefed topsails, fore topmast staysail and double reefed driver. At 4.30 P.m. a sudden shift of wind from SW. with thunder, lightning, and rain, blowing a complete hurricane; carried away larboard quarter boat, and driver boom, split main topsail and foresail. At 8 P.m. brought ship to under bare poles; after, moderated and: sail to the best advantage.
Barque Tenasserim's report.
Saturday, 15th May, 1841.—First part N. Westerly and NNW. breezes and a confused sea; midnight blowing hard, veered away chain to 65 fathoms.
Sunday, 16th May.—From midnight blowing hard with a heavy sea getting up, daylight blowing very hard from NNE. with heavy appearance and every indication of an approaching gale. About noon, agreeable to instructions per signal from the shore, let go the best bower. At 1 P.m . a very heavy sea struck the ship, carried away all the palls of the windlass and the starboard hawsepipe, and parted the larboard lower chain; finding; ourselves in a very critical position with respect to the George the Fourth, Indiaman, thought it most prudent to run to sea. Set the foresail, fore-topmast staysail, and close reefed main topsail and trysail, running ESE. At 5 P.m. the gale suddenly abated, and veered round to the S. E., immediately wore ship to' the SW., scarcely had we wore round than a tremendous squall from S.E. caught the ship and laid her on her beam ends for a quarter of an hour, split the foresail to ribbands and also the lee clew of the main topsail; whilst in this position the jolly boat was unhooked by the booms, and fell in the water bow foremost, carrying away the topping lifts and guys; was unable to recover her, whilst in this state, therefore cut away the stern falls. About 6h. 30m. a tremendous sea struck us on the larboard quarter, capsized and broke the companion hatch; put the chronometer for safety down below; tremendous hard squalls from the southward; running east under bare poles, the main trysail being split; observed, running apparently before the wind, a Barque, which obliged us to keep away and shew a light; she passed within a quarter of a mile of us. At 8 P.m. lashed the helm "alee," and set the fore topmast staysail; shipping immense quantities of water in every direction. Midnight blowing a hard gale from SSW. with a confused sea; during a severe squall, the jib accidently got adrift unperceived by any one, and was unfortunately nearly all blown away; during the height of the gale the Barometer 28.60.
Monday, 17th May.—A. M. very hard squalls with a heavy sea, vessel labouring heavily (but perfectly tight), gale somewhat abated. About daylight noon, afresh gale and cloudy weather, lat. observed 13° 16* N., long, by chron. 81° 29'—7h. 30m. very heavy, threatening appearance in SW. wore ship to the ESE. and furled the fore topsail; blowing a hard gale with a heavy confused sea, making breaches in every direction, a great quantity passed below, through the companion hatch, though every precaution was used, by nailing planks and double tarpaulins over it. Midnight Do weather—Barometer these 24 hours very unsettled; at midnight, 28.80.
Tuesday, 18th May.—Blowing a hard gale with a high rolling sea, causing the vessel to lurch very heavily ; at 1, Barometer 29.00; at 2h, 30m, fell to 28.80 ; at 3 blowing very severe with a clear sky ; 4 moderate; 5h. 30m. wore ship to the westward; daylight moderate and clear, out close reefs; 7, wore ship to the SE., out all reefs; noon, a fresh breeze from SW. with a decreasing sea; latitude observed 13° 16' N., longitude by chronometer 82° 18' E.
Barque Fortescue's report.
Saturday, 15th May, 1841.—Strong breezes and clear weather, with a very heavy swell; latter part, strong gales and squally weather.
Sunday, 16th May.—Strong gales and squally, people employed preparing ship for sea. At 7 A. M. hauled the long boat and gig alongside in order to hoist them in, found it was impossible to hoist them in, on account of the sea running so high, the long boat swamped alongside, and was obliged to cut them away. Barometer at the lowest 28.78. t. M. strong gales and hard squalls, people employed preparing for sea. At 1 slipped the best bower anchor and 90 fathoms of cable, set foretopsail, trysail, foresail and main trysail and mizen. At 6, the wind blew a complete hurricane, brought the ship to the wind under reefed main trysail. At 10, wind more moderate. Midnight, strong gales and hard squalls.
11th May.—Gales and squally weather. Noon, wind more moderate, latitude by observation 12° 52' North.
17/A May.—r. M. North, 5 P. M. NW. 9 p. M. SW. 11 P. M. SSW. 18th May.—p. M. S. by W. Midnight SW.
Barque Jane Blain's report.
Saturday, 15th May, 1841.—Having received instructions from the Master Attendant at 7 P. M. to pay particular attention to Section 15 of the Port Regulations, immediately we braced the yards to the wind and furled the awnings. At 11 P. M. while the master with the watch was on deck, the cable parted at the 30 fathoms shackle, cut away the best bower and veered away to 50 fathoms. At day light made all preparation for sea.
Sunday, 16/A May, 1841.—At 1 P. M. we received orders to cut or slip ; and run for sea, wind NNE., we slipped our best bower and run according to orders in company with George the Fourth and Fortescue. At 4 P. M. increasing gale, split the topmast staysail and foresail all to pieces, stowed the remains, lying to under the main trysail. At 4 p. M. blowing a severe hurricane, the main trysail blew all to pieces. At 8 the wind at NW. At 10 p. M. WNW. lying to with a top-gallant studding sail in the mizen rigging, loud claps of thunder and vivid lightning all round the compass.
Monday, \Tth May, 1841.—Commences with a severe gale, attended with very hard squalls and rain. At 1 A.m. the wind into the SW. At 2 A. M. South'. At 4, wind SSW. Noon, hard squalls and heavy rain, out all reefs.
"We were concerned at hearing of the loss of that well-known country vessel the Isadora, which, whilst loading at Vizagapatam, was totallywrecked on the 18th instant; we subjoin an extract from a letter on the
"The Isadora is a total wreck. Mr. Arbuthnot, the Collector, rendered us most essential service. He and Mr. Conway and several gentkmen attended at the wreck the whole of the first day, and a great part of yesterday, though it was raining and blowing dreadfully, and no sort of shelter. Mr. Arbuthiiot got a guard of two hundred Sepoys to protect the property, and a party of fifty Europeans to save it. Almost the whole cargo was saved, and many of the ship's spars, stores, &c. &c.
"The Brig Catherine, which put to sea from the Madras Roads during die gale of the 16th, had reached Vizagapatam on the 20th, says the Athenteum, with the loss of her main mast, which it had been found necessary to cut away, in consequence of the vessel having been thrown completely on her beam ends by a sudden gust of wind; she also lost her long-boat, which was cut adrift in the same emergency, at which time an unfortunate lascar was also washed overboard, and perished. In other respects the vessel is uninjured, and the little cargo that she had on board has been landed in good condition.
Extract from the Log of the Barque John William Dare, from Colombo towards Madras, reduced to Civil Time.
Saturday, 15th May, 1841.—P.m. westerly wind, light breezes and cloudy, with a dark appearance to the westward; sunset moderate breezes and cloudy. At midnight strong breezes and dark cloudy weather. At 1, strong puffs of wind. At 4, wind from the west. At 7 A.m. was taken aback in a severe squall from the Eastward, with lightning and heavy rain; before we could get the ship before the wind, the main topmast went; after that the fore topmast and mizen mast, flying jib boom, end of the jibboom, spanker, gaff topsail, and all the rest of the sails more or less split in ten minutes, after which the wind veered round to the Westward. At 7h. 30m. Easterly winds ; spoke the Barque Helen Mary, which supplied us with a fore trysail for a mizen. p. M. wind W. by N. commences with squally weather from the westward. At 3 P.m. a violent squall from the eastward, with heavy rain, finished clearing the wreck. Sunset, strong winds from N. E. and a dark gloomy appearance all round, reefed and set the foresail. At 8 P. M. blowing a gale of wind from the N.W. with constant heavy squalls of rain, a heavy sea getting up, ship labouring much, and shipping a quantity of water on deck.
Sunday, 16/A May.—Midnight strong gales of wind with heavy rain at