Hurricane, 1892.

Ship Sunk at Sea.

One Skiff Landed at Puna.

One Skiff Lost at Sea.

Hilo, September 26, 1892.

Aloha oe: The three-masted ship W. H. Campbell, captain E. E. Havener, left Port Townsend on the 5th of August, 1892, sailing for Queenstown with 1,400,000 feet of lumber. On the 26th of August, they were caught in a Hurricane [makani ino], from the south east at latitude 14 north, longitude 120 west, and in three hours was filled with water; and on the 28th, the officers and sailors left on two skiffs between 12 and 1 in the afternoon; those in the first skiff were the captain and his wife and their baby (10 years old), and 10 sailors; and in the other skiff was the ship’s mate [malamamoku] and 10 sailors. The ships went together for 24 hours; they agreed to keep going together. And because the skiff of the captain was supplied with the food and water, and the skiff of the ship’s mate was not well supplied, the people on the skiff of the ship’s mate decided to leave the captain’s skiff in hope that they would meet up with the ships usually sailing on the ship lane, and that skiff kept going ahead of the skiff of the captain; 22 days after that, they no longer could see the skiff of the captain. They faced a storm for two days and they were frightened for the skiff of the captain running into calamity. And at midday of this past September 19, Hawaii was spotted, and at 8 a. m. of the 20th, they got the skiff up close to the waves with the hope that it would beach it, at a place near Kapoho, Puna, and the skiff was seen by some fishermen, and it was they that transferred the sailors on to their canoe from the skiff. Three at a time until they were all taken to shore. Four of them can stand, but most of them cannot. They were well taken care of by the Hawaiians until they found Captain Elderts [kapena Ela], and he took them to his residence.  He cared for them for three days, and he brought them here to Hilo aboard his skiff on the past 23rd. And on Thursday, the Kinau went in search of the skiff of the captain, but it was not found. How sad for them.

John Stupplebeen.

(Kuokoa, 10/1/1892, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXI, Helu 40, Aoao 2. Okatoba 1, 1892.

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