Race For Safety During Storm.
With water rising inch by inch in her hold and her crew unable to discharge it, as the pumps were not working properly, the coasting steamer Galacum, of Workington, bound from Blyth to Torquay with a cargo of coal, had an axciting race for safety off the Isle of Wight on Sunday.
She was damaged by heavy seas in St. Catherine's Race. Her rubbing streak, a piece of wood which acts like a buffer when the vessel moors in harbour, was torn away and the deck plates and other parts damaged so that water began to pour into the hold.
The Galacum was then turned round so that, with wind and tide behind her, she could race for shelter.
Something went wrong with the pumps and the crew was unable to keep down the water in the hold, which reached a depth of 20 feet.
With (Words missing here) seas sweeping over her and a pronounced ( missing) to starboard, the Galacum laboured to a point of two miles off Sandown Pier, where she anchored. Later the Galacum was beached. The pumps were repaired and it was hoped to refloat her on monday.
The Galacum, a steel screw vessel of 585 tons is owned by the North-West Shipping Company, Ltd.