Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Passenger arrivals: the Arab Oct 1880
The Natal Witness Oct 16 1880 reports on the arrival at the Cape of Union R.M.S. Arab*
The "Times" on Basutoland
A Land-slip at Bengal.
Death of Grace, The Cricketer
(Per Webster's Agency)
Cape Town, Oct 15, 11.13 a.m.
The Arab arrived this morning.
The London Times considers the position in Basutoland very grave, and adds: - "It is of course morally impossible that were Cape forces unable to quell a serious rising we could tolerate the serious blow to our prestige of allowing any sort of victory to the Basutos, and were the war protracted and expensive a burden would be imposed on the English Treasury. No pressure that can properly be put upon the Cape Government in the cause of moderation will be deemed unduly strong."
A land-slip has occurred at Nainatal, Bengal, carrying away several houses, and killing and injuring a large number of Europeans.
Nothing important from Afghanistan, General Roberts is at Quetta.
Mr G.F. Grace, the cricketer, is dead.
PASSENGERS for Natal per Arab:
Wotherspoon (error for Witherspoon?)
Griffin and family
Moffat and family
Conway Castle expected to-morrow.
PASSENGERS for Natal:
Robinson and family
Lewis and family
Kensman and family
*The Arab, built 1879 by J and G Thompson, Glasgow, 3192 t, had only three years in the mail service; in 1882 she became a troop carrier for campaign against Arabi Pasha; in 1885 after General Gordon's death she went on the expedition to Suakin, and became HQ ship for the Naval Transport Staff. At the conclusion of the Sudanese War, the Arab returned to Sydney Australia troops of the volunteer expeditionary force. In December 1891 she inaugurated the Union Company's service from the Cape to Mauritius, continuing to run as an intermediate steamer until the end of the century. Early in 1900 she went to the shipbreakers.