Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849 eBook

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Three waggon-loads of the dead were next morning taken to a place near the hospital, and there buried.  About one hundred bodies, shockingly mangled, were buried in one pit on the beach.  The remains of all the officers (with the exception of Captain Edwards) were found, and were interred the following Sunday with military honours.

The reader may be interested by being informed of a few of the providential escapes which were experienced by Lieutenant Jones (now Rear-Admiral Jones), one of the few survivors of the catastrophe above described.  This officer had been midshipman of the Providence, discovery-ship, commanded by Captain William Broughton, which vessel, after many dangerous vicissitudes, was finally wrecked among the Japanese islands.  Mr. Jones having faced all the dangers consequent on such a trying position, with difficulty escaped a watery grave, by taking refuge, with the rest of the officers and crew, on board the tender which accompanied this ill-fated ship.  This great addition to her small complement, and her want of accommodation, produced a virulent disease amongst the crew, from which Sir.  Jones did not escape.  On arrival at Macao, Mr. Jones was ordered a passage, with his surviving shipmates and crew of the Providence, to England, in the Swift, sloop of war, selected to convoy a large fleet of Indiamen.  The evening before their departure, it was found that the accommodation in the Swift was not sufficient for the supernumeraries, and, consequently, Mr. Jones and Lord George Stuart (also a midshipman of the Providence) were, by order of Captain Broughton, distributed among the merchant ships, the former to the Carnatic, the latter to the Duke of Buccleugh.  The Swift and her convoy sailed on the morrow.  They had not proceeded far, before a succession of violent typhoons overtook them, which scattered and disabled the Indiamen, most of which were obliged to return to India; but the Swift foundered:  she was seen for a short time struggling with the elements, and making signals of distress—­a moment more, and she disappeared for ever.’

Mr. Jones, arriving at the Cape of Good Hope, was detained by Rear Admiral Pringle, and employed to communicate with his flag-ship, the Tremendous, then in a state of mutiny, the mutineers having put her officers ashore.  His courage on this occasion was much lauded, as it was believed by all, and expected by himself, that he would have been thrown overboard.  Harmony was at length restored on board the Tremendous, and six of the mutineers were executed.  As a reward for his services, Mr. Jones was appointed acting lieutenant of the Sceptre:  his preservation, and the part he acted on that occasion, have already been described.

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