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Wreck Report for 'Hilda', 1895

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Unique ID:16846
Description:BOT Wreck Report for 'Hilda', 1895
Creator:Board of Trade
Date:1895
Copyright:Out of copyright
Partner:SCC Libraries
Partner ID:Unknown

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(No. 5146.)

"HILDA" (S.S.)

FINDING of a Naval Court held at the British Consulate, Santos, on the 30th of January 1895, to investigate the circumstances attending the wreck of the S.S. "HILDA," of Liverpool, and the cause of such wreck.

The "Hilda" was a steam vessel of 323 tons registered tonnage, official number 96,317, and belonging to the port of Liverpool. It appears from the evidence given before the Court that she sailed from Pernambuco on the 8th of January 1895, bound for Santos with a cargo of sugar and a crew of 15 hands all told; and that on the night of the 15th January she stranded on the Barra Itaipus near Santos, the vessel and cargo becoming a total loss.

The Court having regard to the circumstances stated find as follows:—

That the master was in error of judgment as to exact speed of the vessel when speed was reduced after passing Moella Light, probably owing to the outset from Santos River; and we consider he ought to have anchored after taking the second soundings at 8 1/2 fathoms. We also consider the chief engineer should have had the second engineer on duty when the steamer was about to enter the port, especially as the weather was thick and hazy; and we further consider that 110 pounds of steam was insufficient on the occasion.

Dated at Santos this 31st day of January 1895.

 

(Signed)

FRANCIS W. MARK,

H.B.M. Consul,

President of Naval Court.

 

 

ALEXANDER DAVIDSON,

Master s.s. "Bellarden."

 

 

JOHN BYRNE,

Master s.s. "Herschell."

Issued in London by the Board of Trade on the 27th day of May 1895.

87089—7. 110.—5/95. Wt. 165. E. & S.

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