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DESTRUCTION OF FOURTEEN VESSELS BY ICEBERGS. UI'WAKDS OF ONE HUNDRED LIVES LosT.-The arrivals dur-. ing the last few days from the Atlantic, have brought sad intelli- gence respecting the losses of a number of vessels, amidst the floating fields of icebergs in the western latitudes and among the number, we regret to add, one was from one of the Irish ports, with between eighty to one hundred persons on board, every sou! of whom is supposed to have gone down in the unfortunate vessel and perished. Great quantities of ice are generally looked for by the traders in those parts of the Atlantic, about the months of April and May, the result of the break up of the ice in the Arctic seas, and driven down to the southward by the force of the curl- rents. The masses that have appeared this season exceed any- thing of the kind that has for years been met with. Fields of ice some hundreds of miles in extent, towering up in all manner of forms to a very great elevation, have swept the waters of the Atlantic; and there is too much reason to fear that the losses appended form a very few of the mishaps that occurred. The ill-fated vessel in which so many are believed to have perished, was from Londonderry, bound to Quebec. Ten days prior to her being discovered in the ice-the 27th of April-she was spoken with by the master of the Oriental, from Liverpool.. She was scarce of water, having had boisterous weather, and on account of the number of passengers seen on deck, it was supplied her. oil the 27th, the Oriental was beset in the ice, together with two other vessels, and perceived her some ten miles to the westward. She was in a most perilous position, evidently stove in by the ice, and sinking. Signals of distress were hoisted without the re- motest chance of gaining assistance. For two days she was seen in the same forlorn condition, when she suddenly disappeared Subsequently a great many bodies were seen intermingled with the ice, together with some portion of the cargo the latter led to the discovery of the port to which the vessel befongcd, and her intended destination. The Oriental was detained for eleven days before she got clear of the ice. Another simiiar catastrophe was witnessed on the 29th of March, about 20 miles to the westward of St. Paul's, by the ship Signette, M. Mowat, from Algoa, for Quebec. The vessel was apparently an English brig, heavily laden, with painted port-holes. She had go fixed in the ice, and had been cut down by it to the wader's edge, admitting a rush of water into the hold. Her crew were observed working at the pumps, evidently in the hopes of keeping her afloat in the ex- pectation of assistance arriving: however, she soon sank, and al. on board met with a watery grave. The exact number who perished was not learned. Letters have been received commani- eating the total loss of the Ostensible also in the ice. She was from Liverpool, bound to Quebec, with several passengers. Up to the 5th of May she experienced heavy weather, when thev fell in with an enormous field of ice, and got fixed in it for rive days and nights, in the course of which, her hull was pierced. Pumps were kept going till the arrival of rhe brig, Duke, Capt. -Welsh, also for Quebec, which, after considerable workitig, suc ceeded in making through the ice to the sinking vessel, and rescued the whole of them. The Ostensible went down within twentv minutes after. Two other vessels from Liverpool, the Conservator and the Acorn, were both lost near the same time. The former was on a passage to Montreal. She got pinched by the ice within- three days aft r losing, sight of land, and filling, immediately went down; the crew were lucky enough to save the ship's boats, in which they were picked up. The Acorn met with her destruc- tion within 3 > miles of St. John's, Newfoundland the crew were saved by the Blessing schooner, of Sunderland. Among the other losses in the ice reported are enumerated the Hibernia, from Glasgow, for Quebec the British schooner, Collector, from St. John's, Newfoundland, for London the brig, Astree, of Wey- mouth; the Wilhelmina, of Aberdeen; the Gosneil, of New- castle the Sylph, of Leith, and three others, the namss of which are unknown. With the exception of the latter, the crews were saved. Most of the unfortunate vessels were heavily laden, and their losses in total cannot be far short of ZIOO,OUO,






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