Watch Hill, RI Steamer METIS Wrecked, Aug 1872

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DISASTER ON THE SOUND.

LOSS OF THE PROPELLER METIS OFF WATCH HILL, R. I.

THE STEAMER RUN INTO AND SUNK IN HALF AN HOUR.

FORTY OR FIFTY PASSENGERS DRIFT ASHORE ON THE UPPER WORKS.

NINETY-TWO OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW PROBABLY LOST.

SIXTY-THREE ONLY OUT OF 155 KNOWN TO BE SAVED.

Watch Hill, R. I., via Stonington, Conn., Aug. 30 -
The propeller Metis, Capt. BURTON, was wrecked about six miles off this shore this morning. A dreadful scene prevailed the latter part of the night, and about 4 o'clock the propeller was struck by a schooner, knocking a hole in her bottom. She immediately began to fill. The passengers were aroused and warned to secure life preservers. In a short time the lower part of the boat, with the engines and machinery, went down, about five miles from shore.
A large number of the passengers and crew climbed on the upper deck, which parted from the hull and floated. The waves rolled high and the rain continued, but the upper works floated and struck the shore just below the Ocean House at about 8 1/4 o'clock this morning.
The Metis had on board 104 passengers and forty-five deck hands, waiters and other employes. Capt. C. L. BURTON, of Bristol, R.I.; GEORGE B. HALL, agent of the Providence and New York Steamship Company, which owned this steamer, and D. P. McBRIEN and wife, of the Board of Excise, are among the saved. At this hour, 11 o'clock A.M., it is thought that about half of the passengers are saved. The Captain and agent of the line are now at the Larkin House. The greatest excitement prevails here among the guests of the hotels, and they are doing all in their power to aid the sufferers.

Watch Hill, R.I., Aug. 30. -- 1 P.M. -- The Government cutter Moccasin left here at 10 o'clock for the scene of the disaster, as did the yacht Josie, Capt. Loper, with a large crew.
One of the life-boats of the Metis has just landed here. Those saved in this boat are as follows:
ALBERT S. GALLUP, Director of the Steamship Company, of Providence.
HUGH CARROLL, of Stonington.
JOHN LAWLOR, of New York.
PATRICK HOWARD, of New York.
BENJAMIN JOSEPHUS and ANTONE FORREST, the last two from the Western Islands, and all deck-hands.
Capt. BURTON says the purser, JOHN LATHAM, and CHARLES ANTHONY, JR., of Providence, the freight clerk, are certainly in the other lifeboat.

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