Article about the incident published in the Singapore Chronicle
MSS EUR D742/35/14: Page from the ‘Singapore Chronicle’, Thursday 29 April 1824
LOSS OF THE SHIP FAME.
It is with much pain and sincere regret that we
relate the following particulars of the loss by Fire
of the H. C. C. Ship Fame with Sir Stamford and
Lady Raffles on board. The Fame left Bencoolen
Roads on the morning of the 2d Feb. bound for
England. With a pleasant and fair breeze they lost
sight af the high mountains of Sumatra towards
evening. Between 8 and 9 o’Clock an alarm of fire
was given from below and in a few minutes after-
wards, the flames had communicated to the Poop.
The progress of the destructive element was so ra-
pid, as to render it utterly impossible to get the
Ships Longboat hoisted out. They however succeed-
ed in lowering down the two quarter boats, in which
the whole of the passengers and Crew immediately
embarked, and pulled off from the Ship at this time
nearly in one entire blaze. The boats were 18 hours
reaching Bencoolen where the sufferers landed in a
most distressing and exhausted condition. The acci-
dent is supposed to have been occasioued by the care-
lessness of the Ships Steward in drawing off spirits
in the hold.
We are informed that Sir Stamford was taking
home on board the Fame a rare and extensive col-
lection of Botannical, Geological and Zoological spe
cimens made by himself during his residence in In-
dia. The loss of these valuable curiosities which
have cost so much expense and labor in compiling
is very deeply to be deplored.
Our advices state that Sir S. RAFFLES has char-
tered the Mariner free trader to convey himself and
family to England.