THE JENKINS AND LUSHINGTON NETWORK
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'Drowned, by the wreck of the Conqueror, off Boulogne, Jane, wife of John Jenkins Esq of Calcutta, and three of their children; also the infant son of their brother-in-law, J W H Ibery Esq of Calcutta.'
'It is our painful duty to record the loss of another East Indiaman a few miles east of where the Reliance went on shore a few weeks ago. On Thursday night last the Conqueror, 800 tons, Captain Duggan, from Calcutta, laden with rum, sugar, silk and a general cargo, struck off Lornel, at the entrance of the Canche, about half-past ten o'clock. All night blue lights, rockets and other signals of distress were fired, but in vain; such was the awful state of the sea and the fury of the wind that no possible assistance could be rendered to them. In this dreadful state they remained until Friday morning at nine o'clock, when the vessel went to pieces. We regret to say that, out of the crew and passengers, in all 80 persons, only one boy was saved.'
'…Captain Duggan made the Lizard Light on Monday night and on Tuesday fell in with an English fishing boat and took one man from her on board to give any information required, the boat being engaged to land the passengers, the wind increasing to a terrific gale. The ship was occasionally scudding and lying to until Friday night.
'…for nearly three days the hatches could not be taken off, owing to the heavy seas breaking over her, and that after being two days without water they were obliged to break through the bulkhead in the hold to get at it. Cooking for passengers or crew was not attempted. It appears that neither the fishermen nor Captain Duggan knew what part of the French coast they were on until the lights of Lornel were seen, and was endeavouring to wear off shore when the ship struck.'