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Jared Comstock Brown

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could get hold of we had commenced burning the bulk head and when we ware 10 miles of the port of St. Carlo and going at the rate of 16 miles an hour we run upon a Rock which Brought us up it broke our wheel and we could hardly get in and we found when we got in that there was never but one vessel passed over that rock which was sunk then we put to sea again having sailed one day we ware obliged to put in to port again called Baldavia [Valdivia] where a few days before a spanish [Spanish] vessel was wrecked and the crew and passengers ware all murdered by the natives we lay 9 days within a short distance of the shore But the storm raged with such fury no boat could go ashore after leaving there we had 5 days pleseant [pleasant] passage to Valpraiso Valparaiso the 2nd day while was repairing the wheel I came out on deck and what was my surprise when the first man I saw was Morgan, L.. Bingham, he had got no further he had put into Rio de Janeiro in a sinking condition after leaving there he was mate on board the vessel and while off the mouth of the straits they encountered a gale and lost Both their anchors and were putting to sea with out anchors when an English steamship picked them up and put an anchor on board of them they were 55 days in the straits and Buried one of there number there apart of there passangers [passengers] were on shore and allmost [almost] starved to death after getting through the straits they encountered a gale was wecked [wrecked] Jack on the coast off Jackawana where he and the others had been 2 months a trying to get of at last he and two of the passingers [passengers] got a passage in the Barge Ralph Cross

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