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Tues. May 4, 1869
MELANCHOLY DISASTER - The brigantine SPRAY, belonging to Messr. Job Brothers & Co. of this city, was lost on Friday night or Saturday morning last, inside the northern head of Torbay, upon a rock called Puffins Point, and was totally lost with all aboard. The vessel sailed from Alieant about 81 days ago for this port, salt laden, and had, no doubt, over run her log, the weather being very thick, with heavy wind and ran and snow squalls. It is not known positively at what hour the vessel struck, but she must have filled and sunk immediately. When the news reached town on Saturday Mr. RENDELL, (of Job Brothers & Co.) in company with Mr. BULLY (one of the Commisioners for shipwrecked property) proceeded at once to Torbay, by land, sending round the steam?tug Diamond, with Mr. MARTIN on board, in case her services should be needed. The vessel was discovered, however, to be a complete wreck, nothing remaining over water but her topmast head, though as the seas, which were very heavy, broke over her, the side of the ship was occasionally exposed, as she hove ans sunk with the notion of the sea. That she must have been all but completely broken up, however, is evident from the fact that the ships papers, and other articles had floated ashore.
The loss of the vessel, however, is a matter of little importance when the melancholy loss of life is taken into consideration. There was a crew of nine men on board including Capt. FORZE, every soul of whom has perished. Six of the men belonged to St. John's, and two other with the captain belonged to the west of England, all unmarried. Captain FORZE had only been about 12 months in the employ, and was much esteamed by everyone who knew him. Up to yesterday, none of the bodies had been recovered.
Tues. May 18, 1869
At Harbor Grace, on Sunday evening last, Wm. SQUARREY, Esq'; proprieter of the Harbor Grace Standard.
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