H. V. Harby
British Community and Family History
A personal account of the loss by Shipwreck of the Steam Packet «Lusitano» near Ericeira on the coast of Portugal, on board which vessel he, his wife and maid-servant, were passengers on a journey from Oporto to Lisbon, 10th July 1823.
(From the original private document, hitherto unpublished, presented to the Archives of the Lisbon branch of the Historical Association by Stanley Rawes Esq., O.B.E., a great-great nephew of the author).
«On Thursday 10th July 1823 embarked at Oporto on board the Steam «Packet «Lusitano» (Capt. Boaventura Romero Curran) at three o'clock in the «morning, in company with my Wife & maid Servant Agnes Hewson, as Deck «Passengers for Lisbon. In consequence of a thick Fog we could not get over the «Bar till from five to six o'clock, when the Fog dispersed a little, but soon returned «with equal density. Being then clear of the Bar we proceeded on our Voyage with a «smooth Sea & thick Fog without seeing any thing 'till we discovered the high Land «near Buarcos Point, which might be about four o'clock in the Evening, & the Fog «rather lighter; In Mondego Bay, a little to the South of Buarcos, we waited 'till a Boat «from Figueira brought eleven Passengers on board & took two or three away.
We «then proceeded on our Voyage without any particular occurrence 'till Friday the 11th «at about half past three in the Morning, when I with my Wife, Maid, Mrs & Miss Burn «were laid upon the Deck between the Mizen Mast & the Binnacle covered with «Cloaks: Don Antonio, Dean of the Chapter of Braga, had the Evening previous very «kindly offered his Berth in the Cabin to my Wife but she declined it, therefore he lent «us his Cloak to cover us during the Night.
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