Loss of a Russian Corvette.






News arrived in this city yesterday afternoon that H.I.M. Russian steam corvette Novick, Captain Seripliff, 27 days from Hacodadi, went ashore at 5 o’clock on the morning of the 26th inst, striking on a sand beach near Point Reyes. The weather was very foggy at the time. She tried to back off, but the very heavy sea running turned her broadside on to the beach, heaving her into from five to ten feet of water. She struck when her officers supposed her to be at least twenty-five miles from shore, which she would have been had she been a few miles to the southwest. All hands are supposed to be saved. A boat trying to reach the shore capsized. A lieutenant who landed, immediately started for San Quentin, a distance of some thirty miles. At this latter place a boatman named Charles Driscoll proffered his services to the officer, and rowed him down to the city.

Mr. Collector W. B. Farwell being notified of the disaster, instantly gave orders for the revenue cutter Shubrick to be dispatched e scene of disaster. The vessel immediately got up steam, and proceeded to Point Reyes, the Russian Vice Consul Klinkostrom, being on board. She may be expected to bring back further details of the disaster to-day. We learned that the Novick is the van vessel of the fleet of the Russian Admiral Popoff, who is shortly expected here with the remainder of his vessels. In times like the present, this hegira, as it were, of the Czar’s vessels from Japan to this port, attests their friendly feelings for the great Republic of the western world.




The following is the report of the Novick, which sailed from Japan twenty-seven days ago:

"Left Hakodadi September 1st, when the latest news from Nangasaki reported business very quiet there. The Japanise report that the British squadron proceeded to Kagosima (Principality of Satauma,) to demand redress or enforce summary punishment for the murder of Mr. Richardson. When they were there a heavy hurricane occurred, forcing them to lay-to inside the harbor. Afterwards they entered the harbor and captured a schooner; they then attempted to take another by sending boats. In this the captain of the Fox went bellow himself – sunk. Two or three of the British men-of-war were injured so that that they had to be towed out of the inner harbor, when the squadron retired."

Daily Alta California, Monday, September 28, 1863, p. 1:1