Wreck of the Duncan Dunbar, Australian Passenger Ship off the Coast of Brazil

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It has beenn mentioned that the ship Duncan Dunbar, of London, Captain Swanson, master, which left London on the 28th of August and Plymouth on the 2nd of September, with passengers and cargo, for Sydney, was, on the 7th of October, wrecked on the reef Las Roccas, lying in long[itude]. 33.45 and lat[itude]. 3.52 S., on the coast of Brazil. She struck on the reef at about half-past eight in the evening. Every effort was made to get the ship off, but in vain, as she went on at high tide. Soon after the vessel struck, the captain had gone in one of the boats to take soundings round her. As the boats could not carry all on the wreck, he determined to await daylight and then land, if there was any available spot; and, if there was no landing-place, to take all from the wreck in the boats and on a raft.

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“Wreck of the Duncan Dunbar, Australian Passenger Ship off the Coast of Brazil.” Illustrated London News (December 1875). Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 12 January 2016.

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