Pacific 1864

Pacific 1864


PACIFIC, ship : On February 1, 1864, the Pacific was totally wrecked at Paterson Inlet,

Stewart Island. The ship, in company with the brig Cosmopolite, was lying at an anchor in Paterson Inlet on January 31. During the day a heavy westerly gale set in, which increased in violence during the night, and on the morning of February I it blew a perfect hurricane. The ship at this time was riding with both anchors ahead. The Pacific dragged and went astern on to the rocks, the concussion smashing her stern. The sea rushed in through the breach, and in half an hour the ship was full of water, and in an hour’s time sank in three and a half fathoms of water. On the water rushing into the ship the captain and crew, numbering 26 all told, took to the boats as the only means of saving their lives, the water coming in so rapidly that scarcely anything was saved from the wreck. The crew landed on the island, but in doing so three of the boats were stove in. Captain James, of the Cosmopolite, rendered what assistance he could, but the gale was so terrific that he had as much as he could do to provide for the safety of his own vessel.



The Pacific, No. 32,012, was a full-rigged ship of 347 tons ‘register, owned by Messrs. Seal, of

Hobart, and commanded by Captain Sherburd. She had been out for 15 months • on a whaling cruise, and had eight tons of sperm oil on board when wrecked.









The Pacific, No. 32,012, was a full-rigged ship of 347 tons ‘register, owned by Messrs. Seal, of

Hobart, and commanded by Captain Sherburd. She had been out for 15 months • on a whaling cruise, and had eight tons of sperm oil on board when wrecked.







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