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THE WRECK OF THE HORNBY CASTLE. TREASURE SEEKING OFF THE GREAT ORME. A goodly number of people on Tuesday morn- ing noticed the Liverpool salvage-steamer, the Lady Kafte,, at anchor in Llandudno Bay, and a few local men crecügnised the vesisel as the boat which assistetd in the salvaging of the Russian schooner, the Anne Olga, which came ashore near the Little Orrne some two months ago, ■ afterwards towing the vessel to Liverpool, but had they known that; the Lady Kate and her crew had only that morning been engaged in a hunt for treasure to the value of over E60,000 their interest would have been quickened, and they wlojuld probably have manifested much more than the casual interest displayed; During the early hours of the morning the Lady Kate and her crew hadl been engaged near IHornby Cave, not far from the Great Orme's Head Lighthouse, encfeavouring to locate the exact spot where the Hornby Castle was wrecked' in 1824. They were un4ex the direction of Mr John Gibney, of Liverpool, the well-known diving expert and salvager, and had with them to .assist them as to the location of the wreck Mr Joseph Jones, a son of the ex- coxswain of the lifeboat, and a grandson of an ex-coxswain of a lifeboat of earlier days, who had been shewn the place where the vessels was wrecked by his grandfather. The Hornby Castle, we should' mention, was a brig wftiich sailed from Liverpool to Riol do Janeiro, South America, with a cargoi and gold valued ait over £ 60|,000 on the 1st of January, 1824. She was driven from her course by a heavy gale, and about mid-night was dashed against the rugged rocks of the Great Orme's Head, which at that point rise to a height of about six hundred feat, and instantly sunk. Only one of the crew was saved. He happened at the, moment the vessel struck, to' be upon the bowsprit, and was. thrown in the concussion upon a narrow shelf of the rock, where he laid for some time in a atate of insensibility. When he recovered consciousness he succeeded in scaling the rocks and at about five o'clock in the morning reachedl ,a smithy on the mountain and there saw some workmen employed at the neighbouring copper minooo He told the story of the wreck and how he had scaled the rocks, but was laughed at incredulously, as the men who knew the spot declared that it would be impossible. At daylight, hoiwever, portions of the wreck weire .discovered, and the truth of thef man's story was shortly afterwards made apparent. No other individual of the Hornby's anew otr any portion -of her cargo was saved. The inhabitants named the spot where the disaster took place, tfhe Hornby Cave, a name by which it is known to this day. If further confirmation were required, as to the exact place where the vessel went down it has been supplied by Mr Jack Austin, an em- ployee of the Mersey Dock and Harbour Board, I who for some years was in charge of the Great Orrne Lighthouse,, and who in his explorations among the crocks had come across portion of timber neair Hornby Cave which he believed I were parts of the ill-fated ship. The divers, however, on Tuesday morning worked I strenuously for several hours, but were unable I to locate the vessel. Probably during the course of the eighty-six yeairs she has been under the I water the wreck has been covered by a great, many feet of sand .and silt, by the action of the sea. I t SUNSIHtlNE RECORD.—The total number of

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