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The Daily Dispatch: January 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], The wreck of the steamer Vestafull particulars. (search)
Free once more, another attempt was made to run in; but now, I am sorry to say, our greatest trial came. Captain Eustace, during the action, had visited the lockers a little too often, and just in the first moment of our triumph became quite under the influence of drink. The pilot, Adkins, was very drunk, hopelessly so, and Mr. Tickle, the 1st officer, completely stupefied with liquor.--It was a sad state of things, and in a short time thereafter occasioned the loss of the poor little Vesta. Putting the ship upon a course, the Captain sat in a chair upon the deck and slept for over an hour. The pilot was in the cabin, and the 1st officer unfit for duty. The 2d officer was at the wheel, where he had been from early in the day, and not one officer of the ship was on lookout.--When I went on deck they were not to be seen, and Mr. Perrin, of the navy, and a few of the men, were watching for the enemy. When the Captain woke he changed the course towards the land, and about 2 o'c