News from 1895: Tauric rescues the crew of Rialto


Mark Baber

Staff member
MAB Note: The rescue described here took place on 12 February, according to
The New York Times, 20 February 1895.

The Times, 4 March 1895

Particulars have been received at Liverpool of the rescue of the crew of the
British ship Rialto by the White Star steamship Tauric. The Rialto, which
had a crew of 21, was bound from Lobos de Terra, Peru, for Antwerp, and
sprang a leak when about 800 miles from her destination. With buckets, half
barrels, and other articles the crew for four days and nights baled out the
water, the pumps being clogged. The weather was terribly cold, seas often
swept over the vessel, and no cooking could be done. A Swedish barque came
in sight, and some of the crew launched the only available boat, in a heavy
sea, and pulled after the barque. The Tauric then hove in sight, and made
towards the Rialto. At the call of Captain Jones, of the Tauric, for
volunteers, the chief officer (Mr. Kerr) and six men came forward and in one
of the steamer's lifeboats proceeded towards the Rialto. Four of the
Rialto's crew jumped into the water and were picked up. For six hours the
Tauric's boat's crew kept at their task, and at length rescued Captain Bain
and the remaining men. The Tauric then steamed after the Swedish barque and
found that the men who had pulled after it were on board. The Tauric arrived
at New York on the 19th ult.

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