South African Commercial Advertiser 30 October 1834
Here the Conch is described as a fast-sailer but after another ten years steam was gradually beginning to overtake sail as the favoured method of transport by sea:
19 Oct 1844 SACA
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Transcribed below for easier reading:
On Wednesday last the Brig Thorne sailed out of Table Bay, bound to
, with a cargo of
Colonial Produce. When near London a fog so sudden
and dense arose, that the captain could not see beyond the length of the vessel,
and she shortly afterwards struck on a rock at the western side of the island.
As soon as this distressing accident became known to the Agents, Messrs.
Thomson, Watson & Co., they promptly rendered every assistance available:
the Northwester, and Messrs. Sinclairs’ and other boats were sent to the
The Port Captain, also, with his usual vigilance, got on board before any other boat from
but as he found the rudder unhung, and the water up to the hold-beams, not the
least hope remained of saving the vessel.
The Northwester returned from the wreck on Thursday evening, with a full
cargo of beef, hides and skins; and should the weather continue moderate, they
expect to save the greater part of the cargo.
Mr. Sinclair superintends the landing of the goods on Cape Town ;
and we are glad to learn that the Passengers’ baggage was saved. Robben Island
The master, a young man who succeeded to the command after the recent death of Capt. Johnstone, is plunged into the utmost grief and distress of mind; but from all we can collect, it appears that no blame attaches to him – the heavy fog, and the darkness of the evening, assisted perhaps by the current, being the immediate causes of the misfortune.
may congratulate themselves on their fortunate escape in the present case. Not a single policy, either on the Thorne or
her cargo, was effected at the Cape Underwriters Cape. The Insurance of both was done in and
Culcutta, we believe. The parties
insured, however, will thus have to wait about twelve months for the settlement
of their several claims, a fact which speaks powerfully in favour of Colonial
Acknowledgement to veteran researcher Sue McKay for all her photography and transcription work, of which I was one grateful recipient.