Letter: John Thomas, Pernambuco to Captain Jones, Lord Tredegar, Amlwch

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      GB 221 WDC/1/3/7/5/40
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      GB 221 WDC/475
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      1887 Feb. 14
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LETTER: John Thomas, Pernambuco to Captain Jones, Lord Tredegar, Amlwch informing him that the cargo is all out since yesterday and they are taking in ballast. He is sorry that the freights are still very low and no demand for ships. The last ships chartered there were only getting 15s. per ton for States or U.K. A vessel about the same size as the "Lord Tredegar" called "The Venture of Bauff" sailed from there yesterday for Rio Grande Nore to load sugar at 17s.6d. per ton for States or England. He has signed a chartered to go to Graupes, Rio Grande Nore to load sugar for States or U.K. at 22s.6d. and 2s.6d. extra if ordered to Halifax. There is scarcely any sugar going to England - it all goes to the States. His is not positive whether this will come through as the merchant will not close until the ship is ready to leave. He hopes to be ready to leave on the 15th inst. He will enclose a copy of charter party if merchant will close before mail leaves. He had trouble with the crew. The cook and one of the sailors were desperate characters. The cook had a key to all cabins and while he was on shore the cook had opened his room, taken some tobacco, etc. and sold it on shore for money to buy liquor, and came back on board drunk. Police had to be called and the cook got an axe and attempted to kill anyone near him. When the axe was taken from him he armed himself with a long knife. If he had shot him dead it would only have been in self defence and would have saved a lot of trouble and expense. When he took him and K. Seeburch, the one that assisted him, before the Consul he was told to take them back of board which he refused to do. If the cook had been taken back he would have stolen and destroyed all the provisions on board and desert when the ship would be ready to leave. Even though he told this to the Consul they would not discharge them unless he would pay all their way and leave £5 for each of them. Rather than agree to this he insisted that they should be tried by Naval Court. The cook was sentenced to 19 days imprisonment and Seeburch to 7 days.

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