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|Keel Laid Down||10.1782||BWAS-1714|
|Shipyard||Gravesend - Kent||BWAS-1714|
|Ship Class||Carnatic Class|
|Designed by||Sir John Henslow (1730-1815)||BWAS-1714|
|Ship Type||Ship of the Line|
|Sailing Rig||Ship Rigged|
Loss of the Collusus
It is with much concern I acquaint you with the loss of the Colossus, of 74 guns, Captain G. Murray, on the night of Monday the 10th inst. in St. Mary's Road, Scilly.
On Friday the 7th inst. the above ship came in with a direct contrary wind, having under her convoy eight vessels from Lisbon, that arrived at the same time, the rest of the fleet having parted two days before for Ireland and the northern ports. In the evening, the wind increasing to a gale, her cable parted, and all attempts to secure the ship failing, she drifted on a ledge of rocks, called Southern Wells, near the Island of Sampson, from eighteen to twenty-four feet under water, all the convoy riding in safety then and since not withstanding the wind had risen to a perfect tempest. Most fortunately not a life was lost, save Quarter master Richard King, who dropped overboard in the act of sounding. The inhabitants of the island exerted themselves to the utmost of their ability in cutters an