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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL.

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STEAMBOAT COLLISION AND LOSS…

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STEAMBOAT COLLISION AND LOSS OF LIFE. A collision between two steamers, attended by great loss of life, occurred near Harwich on Sunday morn- ing about ten o'clock. The passenger steamer 0. M. Palmer, Captain Cay, of Newcastle, bound from New- ] castle to London, with about sixty persons on board, was proceeding up Channel, when another steamer, 1 the Ludworth, Captain Meldrum, ran into and sank her within ten minutes. The latter vessel was in bal- last, bound from London to Hartlepool. 1 Sergeant Wilson, of the 43rd Regiment, furnishes the following statement: I was a passenger on board the O. M. Palmer, ai|d was escorting a military pri- soner from Durham to London. About, ten o'clock I ww down in the fore cabin, when hearing a great noise and shouting I rushed on deck, and saw a large 1 steamer coming at a great speed in an opposite direction to that in which we were sailing. In about a minute it ran into us, striking our vessel on th* right side looking towards the stem. The collision caused a panic on board our vessel, every one making for the boats, and every effort was made to get them launched. I only noticed two boats, and one of them soon got so crowded that she shortly afterwards capsized. The boat that I got into became entangled in the wreckage, and as I saw my chance of being saved by it was gone, I looked round for something to get hold of, and seized a life-belt which was on deck. Whilst this was happening I observed a Danish girl, one of the pas- sengers, standing on the deck apparently dumb- foundered. She had hold of a child by the hand. I begged her to come with me, but she seemed stupefied, and took no heed of what I said. I was forced to leave her in order to save my own life. I put the life-belt on and waited my chance, and in about a minute I found myself in the water. I was then seised round the neck by two men, whose weight caused me to sink. I kept my presence of mind as well as I could, and when I came to the surface I had only one clutching me, the other having loosed his hold. This one struggled frantically, and he pulled me under water a second time. I went down three times altogether, and was ultimately forced to push him away, as I could not swim. I floated for some time, and whilst in the water, just as the vessel sank, I observed the Danish girl who had been stand- ing on deck in amongst the wreckage, and that was the last I saw of her. The life-belt had got round my ankles during the struggle I bad with the men, but I managed to keep my head up by using my hands till1 I got hold of a box. I floated about in this way until nearly exhausted. At last a boat came and picked me up. I was the last but one rescued. The steamer which came in collision with us stood by, and her boats saved us. Forty-three of us altogether were rescued. My prisoner, Private Lake, is saved, but the private I had with me as escort is missing. The steamer Ludworth took those who were saved on board, and we reached Harwich" abeut half-past twelve. The following are those who have been saved: Passengers—James Green, Matthew Flanagan, Charles Swallow, John W. Leithers, James Fergey.W. Barker, Anthony Brice, W. Bell, John Dilk, a recruit of the Roya 1 Artillery; Alexander Little, T. Topp, W. Wilson, W. Pickard, T. Hogg, R. Xiefe, Michael Cain, W. Pilcher, J. Lang, T. Gilbert, W. Bradley, G. Pentecost, F. Ohace (a boy), Janet Mackenzie, and an infant. Crew—Captain Cay, W. Rich- mond, A. B. James, Bath (fireman), Easter (chief engineer), James Paidley (second engineer), Alex Williamson, Matthew Flanagan, George Searl (mate), F. H. Little (second mate), John Nicholson, John Hunter, J. Isaacs, F. Fox, W. Hedley, Peter Allen (stoker), Thomas Watso, (stoker), Robert Carr (trimmer), and W. Randall (bpy). The names of the passengers missing are notknown, but the following is a list of those belonging to the crew who are supposed to be lost: George Potter (steward), of London, Jane Hall (stewardess), New- castle, James Seabran (ifreman), London, John Bowden (fireman), Newcastle, John Newton (engineer's boy), Newcastle. A passenger states that he was on the deck of the 0. M. Palmer previous to the collision, and the whistle was blown by that vessel two or three, times before the collision .occurred. When it was first blown the Ludworth was about fifty yards- off. From the collective statements of James Fergey, William Barker, and Anthony Brice, it appears that the first boat lowered capsized by being overcrowded, and the second boat capsized through drifting on to it. Captain Cay stood at the wheel until the vessel in going down head first lay over on her side, when he took to the rigging, and remained in it till his ship sank. He was in a very exhausted condition when picked up. The collision oeeurred-at 9.25 a.m., and is attributed to a local fog, affecting those on board one steamer only.

ALEXANDRA PALACE. '

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THE EASTERN QUESTION.[< .......-

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.

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PA m J AM &NTARY jm: LLIGENCE.

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