The Annual Register, Or, a View of the History and Politics of the Year Volume 102

The Annual Register, Or, a View of the History and Politics of the Year Volume 102

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...of the property destroyed is estimated at 30.000/. 10. Singular Destruction Of A Peruvian Frigate.--The Peruvian frigate Callao (Auperimac) has been destroyed in a most singular manner. It being necessary to dock the ship in the dry dock at San Lorenzo, the engineer was consulted. He recommended the removal of the guns and heavier portions of the ship's weights. This was done. There was a very large concourse of people to view the operation of docking, including the President, minister of war, and invited guests, on board the government steamer Ucayali. On the arrival of the company at about 10 A.m. the vessel was floated into the dock, and on to the dock platform. Owing to the depth of the frigate's keel and the shape of her bottom, the keel only was held by and in contact with the chocks of the platform. The hydraulic pumps were set to work for raising the platform, and soon the frigate rose out of the water; she did not rise quite level owing to the weight of her anchors and chains at the bows. When this was corrected some of the stanchions of the dock broke; this was not deemed of importance. All seemed to be going on well, and so long as she was to a certain depth in the water and evenly balanced, she was safe. The higher she rose, however, the more top-heavy she became. The crew were on board the ship and moving about in all directions. Suddenly the frigate gave one or two slight rolls, and then pitched over on her starboardbeam; at the second surge the three masts snapped about half way up from the deck, her star-board ports being open she rapidly filled with water; and here began a scene of horror impossible to describe. The water was filled with men and women, wounded, dying, all screaming for help. Boats were promptly sent more

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  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 880g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236993268
  • 9781236993267