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PASSENGER STEAMER SUNK IN THE CHANNEL. LLANDUDNO LADY AMONG THE PASSENGERS. On Tuesday the well-known liner yacht "Argonaut" was sunk through colliding with the steamer, "Kingswell" off Dunge- ness. The "Argonaut" had been charter- ed for one of Dr. Lunn's cruises in the Mediterranean, and had on board nearly 240 persons, of whom 120 were passengers. When off Dungeness she had to lay to owing to the dense fog. It was while waiting the lifting of the fog that the acci- dent occurred. U From all accounts offi- cers2 sailors and passengers behaved with extraordinary coolness, and all were car- ried in the ship's boats, first to the "Eingswell," and then, as it was feared that vessel would also founder, to the "South Moor," a- collier steamer, in which they were conveyed to Dover. Among the passengers was Miss For- rester, of Llandudno, who in a. narrative of her experiences stated that when the shock of the collision was felt those at breakfast, hurried on deck, but returned on being told that everything was all right. "As soon as we had settled down again," she continued, "the purser came and told us to, put on our hats and coats and go on deck. We did so, of course. Then we saw that something serious had happend, for our vessel was sinking by the head. "The captain, officers, and crew were all perfectly calm, and went about their work in quiet and orderly manner. We were got into the boats as rapidly as pos- sible, and were transhipped to the vessel which had collided with us. We had been on board but a, few minutes when we were hurredly informed that she also was sinking rapidly. Of course we were alarmed, but again the coolness of offi- cers and men reassured us, and we went to the boats with as much composure as we could muster under the circumstances. "After that we remained in the boats until the Southmoor picked us up, and we were taken ashore." "Never have I seen such splendid be- haviour on the part of women," she re- plied. "One of the officers told me that he was, indeed, proud of them." Miss Forrester was loud in her praise of the officers and men. "They behaved likf English gentlemen," she said, "as, indeed, did all the men on board with but verj few exceptions." The first intimation received at Llan dudno, of the disaster, wa,s the receipt o a telegram on Tuesday evening, by Mr J Forrester, manager of the Glou,ces'ter, an, the news quickly spread. From a lettei which has been received since, we lear: that Miss Forrester has practically lew all her belongings, but as she is an e3 perienced voyager, having previous] sailed in the "Argonaut" on more tha one occasion, she is not likely to ha-, overburdened herself with too much lu: gage. Our readers will join in hear congratulations on her most providenti escape.

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