Wreck of the "Duncan Dunbar" off Las Rocas, Brazil. October, 8th 1865.
Chromolithograph, scarce, laid on card to overlay text underneath. Image 310 x 457mm. 12¼ x 18". Slight damage top left.
Duncan Dunbar. Wooden ship, 1374 tons. Built at Sunderland, 1857. Lbd 229 x 36.2 x 23 ft. Captain Swanson Left London for Sydney, 28 August 1865, with seventy passengers which included thirty-five women and children, and a crew of forty-seven. On the night of 7 October, in moderate conditions, she ran on to Rocas Shoals off Cape San Roque. Attempts were made to back her off, then float her free by throwing cargo overboard, but by next flood tide she had canted over and filled. At dawn the entire ship’s complement landed safely on a small section of the reef which remained above high water, and over the next few days the three boats which remained intact were used to land stores from the wreck Meanwhile, Captain Swanson, the mate and seven seamen had left in one of the boats to obtain assistance at Pernambuco. They were picked up by the American ship Hayara and dropped near Pernambuco where they obtained help from the British Consul. On 17 October the Royal Mail Packet steamer Oneida sighted the castaways, took them on board and landed at Southampton about three weeks later.
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