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The Daily Dispatch: January 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], The wreck of the steamer Vestafull particulars. (search)
and for over two hours we were a target for Yankee gunners.--Eighty-seven shots were fired from all the ships, but, providentially, no one on board was injured Capt. Eustace managed the ship well, and during the hottest fire ran up his flag to show defiance. 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 sd a portion of their baggage landed; but a boat was refused the passengers to save all their trunks and packages until quite too late. Just before sunrise Capt. Eustace set fire to the vessel and afterwards began to save the baggage — At this time no sail was in sight, and not until some hours after, when attracted by the smok