NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
SHIPWRECKS AT THE PORT OF TIMARU
14 MAY 1882
INVOLVING THE "BEN VENUE" AND "CITY OF PERTH".
On Sunday the 14 May 1882 big seas began to run at Timaru. The cables holding the Ben Venue parted and she turned broadside then capsized. The crew made for the City of Perth, but she too lost her anchors and ran aground beside the Ben Venue, and the crews took to lifeboats. All would have been well had the harbourmaster not headed for the City of Perth. Getting aboard, he realised the hopelessness of the situation, and some of his men launched a lifeboat. When it capsized 40 men were left struggling in mountainous seas. In all, three from the City of Perth and six shore hands died.
|BEACH (or BEATTIE ?)||Martin||Boatman||of Timaru|
|BLACKLOCK||John||Chief Officer "City of Perth"||Died 20 May 1882 from injuries received|
|FALGAR||George (or Richard)||Shorehand||of Timaru|
|GARDNER||Robert||2nd Mate "City of Perth"||of Alloa aged 25 years|
|McDONALD||Henry (Harry)||Boatman||of Timaru|
|McLEAN||Donald||Carpenter "City of Perth"||of Prince Edward Island|
|MILLS||Alexander (Captain)||Harbourmaster||of Timaru. Late of Arbroath|
|NEILSON (NIELSON)||Emanuel||Boatman||of Timaru|
For further information see - BEN VENUE.
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