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Grimes, John (1796–1828)

from Sydney Gazette

The preceding article was in type when the Haweis arrived from Launceston, which brings the news of the safe arrival there of the Ann with 40 ponies on board, the residue of 130-90 having perished between Timor and Van Diemen's Land. Captain Grimes was attacked by his steward at Timor, with a knife, and, in the act of defending himself with a bayonet, killed the assailant on the spot. When the Ann left Timor, Captain Grimes was suffering under the effects of a severe fever, which carried him off in a week after he sailed–leaving his wife on board, in a state of extreme illness, to bewail the loss of an affectionate husband.

The Ann had made several trips from Timor to Melville Island with buffaloes, which accounts for her delay. Three of the crew, out of nine men, were sick and they had only two casks of water on board for three weeks and but two pieces of pork when they made land. Both the grooms, and one of the seamen, died in the early part of the voyage–so that the distress on board was general and heart-ending.

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