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THE FATAL COLLISION OFF THE SUFFOLK COAST. The terrible collision which took place early on Sunday morning off Aldboroagh, on the Suffolk coast, between the General Steam Navigation Company's steamer Bruiser, from Hull to London, and the Haswell screw collier, bound to the Tyne from the Thames, has not been attended, it is believed, with the very exten- sive sacrifice of life which was first reported. Unhap- pily, however, there has been a sad loss, and it is stated that many who perished were children and women. The collision took place abaut ten minutes to three o'clock in the morning. The Haswell had recently undergone some repairs in the Victoria Dock, and was going down light to the North to receive a cargo of coals. TheBruiser left Hull on Saturday for London, and had a full complement of passengers. Both vessels were pursu- ing the usual course some few miles off the land. On the part of the Haswell it is averred that she kept a port helm, and that the Bruiser must have suddenly altered her course to have brought her across the bow of the Haswell. The Bruiser was struck right amid- ships on the starboard side. The shock is described as having been of a most terrific character, and, for the time, it was apprehended that both ships would go down. The Bruiser was cut down below the water line, and the sea rushed into her hold with considerable force. The cry was raised for the passengers and crew to save themselves by getting on board the Haswell. Captain Harfez, the master of the Bruiser, is reported # to have been below at the time of the collision, having left the chief officer on deck. In about ten minutes the Bruiser went down in several fathoms of water, and as she disappeared several hands, apparently of children and females, were seen above the companion. Many of them were asleep in the berths when the collision took place, and in the confusion were unable to get on deck. Two of the stokers of the Bruiser were killed in their berths, and a sailor belonging to the same vessel was drowned. Amongst the passengers who came on board at Hull was a German woman and two or three children, and it is thought that they have all perished. A passenger also lost his wife. Considering the character of the accident and the short time that was allowed them to save themselves, it is somewhat providential that the loss of life was not greater. The number who perished is computed at about 20 or 25, but some of the passengers may have been picked up by passing ships. The Haswell, after remaining about the spot for some time, returned to London. She sustained a fearful rent on her port bow, the iron plates being driven in, but fortunately she was light, and the for. ward bulkhead held firm. She arrived off the Victoria Docks on Sunday evening, when the passengers were landed. Mr. Joseph Fry, bookseller, Chelmsford, who was a passenger on board the Bruiser, gives the following account of the catastrophe:—I had gone to bed in the ealoon part of the cabin about 11 o'clock on the previous evening, the weather being calm and the sea smooth. I went to sleep soon after, and remember nothing more until I was suddenly awoke in the morn- ing about 3 o'clo@k. The noise which awoke me was a strong loud crash, and when I looked out I saw a gentleman who slept in the adjoining berth already on the cabin floor, I hurriedly asked what was the matter, but received only as a reply that something had hap- pened to the ship. I then put some articles of drees on, and at once hurried on deck, where I found the greater portion of the passengers in a state of semi- nudity. Everything was in the greatest confusion. The captain told the passengers to take to the rigging, as the ship was sinking. A great number of people obeyed the order, but I was so unnerved by the sight which presented itself that I was unable to mount into the shrouds. The boats which were suspended to the davits amidships were both stove in, and there was only a small boat on the quarter deck that could be launched. In the meantime the ship that had run into us was entangled in the rigging. Her bowsprit extended right across our vessel, and all her crew were in the bows. They lowered ropes to bring the people on board, and by this means some were hauled up, while others managed to scramble on board by the bowsprit or any other means that they could command. In the meantime the cap- tain gave orders that the only remaining boat should be lowered, and the women and children were ordered to be ready to get in. The sea was perfectly calm at the time, and there appeared no difficulty about get- ting all the passengers transferred from one vessel to the other. The boat was let down, and all was ready, but some of the women in the dim twilight of the morning hesitated about being lowered down the sida of the ship into such a small boat, and after endeavouring to persuade a young girl to go in after two sailors, who had taken charge of the boat, and finding that she would not go in, I descended by a rope, and was the third person in the boat. I think there were nine or ten of U3 in when we pushed off. We reached the side of the other ship and got on board, hub not too soon. The vessel that we had left had' been gradually settling down, and although in the hurry which distracted every one except the captain, we could not see exactly what injury our own ship had re- ceived, we discovered after we were safe that she wa.s almost cut in two. She was now going rapidly, and half-naked figures of helplesawomen, with streaming hair and despairing looks, were seen clinging to the shrouds. Just then a schooner hove in sight, and seeing what had occurred she bore down upon us. She arrived in time to be of service, for she succeeded in taking off several of the unfortunate persons who were left on the wreck. I was conveyed in the other steamer to London. I never shall forget the awfulness of the scene that presented itself on the occasion of the ship going down. As I have said, there were a great number of persons clinging to the shrouds, and their waitings for help were heard above "the bustlejj and harry which possessed every one. Orders were given for all manner of things to be done, and everything was done to save life which it was possible to do under the circumstances; but above all this the shrieking of terrified women was heard, and half-frantic men rushed in every direction with the hope of rendering assistance to those who were yet on the wreck. The ship into which I had got had steamed astern, so as to clear herself from the sinking vessel; but we had not gone further away than was absolutely necessary for safety. I have said that I got into the small boat and reached the other ship, bat my time in relating it far exceeds the time in which the occurrences took place. Indeed, so rapidly did one matter succeed another that it is with difficulty I can recollect the order of events. One thing I do remember, however, and I am sure I shall never forget it, and that is the awful eight of the sinking ship taking with her some twenty human beings. All of a sudden the ship seemed to heel, and then plunging headforemost beneath the waves, a boiling surge suc- ceeded, and for ever drowned the cries of the unfortu- nate creatures who had been unavoidably left on the wreck. I afterwards inquired of the captains of the two vessels how the accident occurred, but they replied they were unable to say. Both ships showed lights, and both had men stationed on the look-out; but no signal was given to the helmsman until the collision took place.



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