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FEARFUL COLLISION AT SEA On Friday night the screw steam collier Earl ot Elgin, of Sunderland, which left that port on the same evening, was in collision off Staithes with the Tyne screw steamer Jesmond, in which the former sank and eight lives were lost. The Earl of Elgin was one of the line of Lambton colliers, about eight years old, having on board Captain Hammond in command, a ciew of sixteen seamen, engineers, and stokers, the wife of the chief mate, the daughter of the captain, and a chief mate bound for Bordeaux. All went well until eleven o'clock at night, when off Staithes, on the Yorkshire coast, the night clear, the lights of a steamer were seen about half-a-mile off. The first light seen was a green one, indicating all was clear, and the strange vessel (which after- wards turned be the Jesmond, in ballast), was three points on the bow of the Earl of Elgin. In a few minutes the green light disappeared and the red light was seen, and it was then found that the Jesmond was crossing the bows of the Earl of Elgin. The helm of thelatter wasinstantly starboarded, but the vessels were close on each other. The Jesmond's whistle was blown, but before the position of the vessels could be altered, the Jesmond struck the Earl o: Elgin a fearful blow abaft the main rigging, cutting through her right to the main hatchway, and backing astern drew out again, but a second time came in contact with the Earl of Elgin, and this time struck her near the bridge, and smashing the steamer's starboard lifeboat. It was the male's watch at the time, and the captain was below, but he was alarmed by the noise, and rushed on deck, where he arrived a" the moment of the first colli- sion. A scene of indescribable confusion followed. Part of the crew of the Earl of Elgin clung to the forechains and rigging of the Jesmond, and reached that vessel's deck in safety; others attempted to launch one of the lifeboats, but the tackle fouling, sue swamped on reaching the water, and one of the crew in her was drowned. The port side boat was got into the water and a portion of the crew reached her. All this was the work of a few minutes, and the men had not time for consideration, as the ves- sel was rapidly filling with water and settling down. The captain and his child remained upon the bridge of the ill-fated ship, the Jesmond lay only a couple of cable-lengths off, and her crew, as speedily as possible, assisted by the men who had gained her decks, launched two of the aft boats and got into them. Before she had time to reach the Earl of Elgin, she gave a plunge and went down. As she disappeared her decks blew up, and the captain and his child were hurled away from the ship, the mate and crew who had not reached the boat were hurled into the water. The boat was „ capsized and the men and crew were all floating about. The boat from the Jesmond succeeded in rescuing a few of these. The captain was not re- covered until he had been in the water nearly half. an-hour. He was completely exhausted, and nearly clead. The child, it is supposed, was killed when the vessel's decks blew up. Of the crew twelve were saved, with the captain, second mate, second en- gineer, carpenter, cook, and steward, five seamen, and three firemen. Of those lost were the mate and his wife, the captain's daughter, the female pas- senger, the engineer, and three of the crew. The survivors were taken to the Tyne, where they were landed, and proceeded to Sunderland on Saturday morning. The captain is much injured. A tele- gram was received in Sunderland the same morn- ing announcing that three bodies, one of them that of a female, were picked up off Staithes by some fishermen and taken in there. The following is an account given by one of the survivors:—We left the harbour a few minutes to eight o'clock last night. All went well until near to Whitby, about eight miles off the land, when a steamer's masthearllight was seen on the starboard bow, and a short time arter the Earl of Elgin was run into by a steamer which afterwards turned out to be the Jesmond, of Shields. She struck the Earl of Elgin on the star- board side, right amidships, going nearly half way through the vessel, when immediately the sea came in, and in a very minutes the vessel sunk. The alarm having been given that the vessel was sink- ing, confusion reigned for some time, andin attempt- ing to get out the jolly-boat it was capsized, by which one nooi* fellow was drowned. The captain had a child with him, a girl of seven years of age. The mate had his wife on board, and there was also a female passenger, the wife of another captain. It was then discovered that the starboard lifeboat had been stove ir. during the collision.and there was only one boat left for the whole of the crew. To this the master (who was the last to leave the vessel) made with his daughter in his arms, accompanied by a female passenger, but what became of them until the master was picked up in the water, very much exhausted, is not known, although it isolated that the (aptain had the child in his arms until he sunk down exhausted. There was a general rush to the boat, some ran up the mast and some jumped int; the water, making for the side of the Jesmond. by which three or four of them were saved. The remainder were picked up by the Jesmond boat's crew, with the exception of five men, the two women and the child, who went down with the sink- ing vessel. When taken onboard the Jesmond they were treated with the greatest kindness, and landed at Shields about six o'clock in the morning.

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