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Loss of the Ada, 1870


Loss of the Ada

Naval Court, Shanghai
12 January 1870
Source: The North-China Herald, 18 January 1870



January 12.

At a Naval Court assembled at H.M.'s Consulate Shanghai, on the 12th day of Jan. 1870'


JOHN HOPE, President, Lieut. H.M.'s Icarus.

W. H. G. HOCKIN, Commander P. & O. Str. Aden.

G. DOUGLAS LEE, Navig. Lieut. H.M.'s Salamis.

H. F. HOLT, Interpreter H.M.'s Consulate, Shanghai.

The Court pursuant to orders from Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Kellet, K.C.B., Naval Commander-in-Chief, dated 11th instant, on the requisition of W. H. Medhurst, Esq., H.M.'s Consul, and at the request of Mr. E. D. Broadbear, Master of the late British Schooner Ada, dated 10th instant, proceeded to enquire into the circumstances attending the loss of that ship, wrecked on the West wend of the side Saddles on the evening of the 5th Jan. 1870.

And having carefully and deliberately weighed and considered all of the particulars of the case, and the evidence of Mr. E. D. Broadbear, Timkin, Mate, and Mr. John C. Coates, pilot.  The Court is of opinion that the wreck of the schooner "Ada" was owing to an excessive and unusual Southerly current, probably caused by the North East gale blowing at the time, and that no blame is attributable to Mr. E. D. Broadbear, the master, or any of the officers of the ship.

The Court takes this opportunity of highly commending that action of Mr. Coates, pilot, without whose exertions there would probably have been a serious loss of life. [Signed by members of the Court, and JOHN BOWLES, Asst. paymaster and Secy., Clerk of the Court.][See also "The Loss of the Ada," page 49.]

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