Mauna Kea (bark)
The Hawaiian bark Mauna Kea, Captain Robinson, from Port Gamble for Honolulu, was wrecked, November 30th, [1866] near Quatsino Sound. When two hundred miles off the Columbia River, November 15th, the bark was thrown on her beam ends, and her deck load was swept overboard. The main and mizzen masts were cut away, and the vessel righted, but was so badly water-logged that she drifted helplessly for fifteen days, the crew suffering terribly from exposure and hunger. The bark at last neared land and on the twenty-fifth struck near Koskeemo on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and broke up in a very short time, Brooks, second mate, and Johnson, seaman, losing their lives and the rest of the crew reaching shore, where they were seized by the Indians, who hoped to secure a ransom for Captain Robinson, and held in bondage for several weeks. Two of the men at last made their way to Fort Rupert and were taken from there to Victoria by the schooner Gazelle, Captain Nannovich. When they told of the captivity of their c
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