|Share page||Visit Us On FB|
The National Music of America. 237
under command of Captain Kane, Germany the Adler, the Olga, and the Eber, and the United States was represented by the Trenton, the Nipsic, and the Vandalia. On the fatal day just mentioned a most fearful hurricane swept down upon the squadrons; all the ships were caught upon a lee shore, and, as their anchors could not hold against the fury of the tempest, they all seemed doomed to destruction. The Eber soon drove on a dangerous reef and was a total loss; the Adler was on another reef, overturned completely ; the Nipsic had driven ashore and her men were drowning. Most nobly did the Samoans labour to save the perishing; all accounts of the dreadful event unite in praising their self-sacrifice and bravery.
Now came the crowning deed of the day; the Trenton had begun to drag her anchors and bore down slowly upon the Calliope; in a few moments the ships would be grinding against each other, and both would be