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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.

THOSE WHO 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
McLAREN William Waterman 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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