Our Dover correspondent says that yesterday afternoon 22 men, part of the crew of the steamer Storm Queen were landed at Dover and proceeded to London. While in the Bay of Biscay on 21st inst., with a cargo of rye, from Sebastopol to Holland, the vessel encountered a hurricane, and, after everything possible had been done to save her, the two boats were launched, the third having been dashed to pieces. Out of 28 on board, 22 only succeeded in getting into the boats. The commander, Captain Jaques, refused to leave the ship, and another five men would not risk throwing themselves into the sea to reach the boats. The boats, after remaining by the vessel several hours, hailed the barque Gulnare, which ultimately took them on board, and brought them to Dover. In getting alongside the barque the boats were disabled and the men had to be hauled on board by ropes. The barque remained on the spot until the next morning, when the steamer went down. The remainder of the crew tried to escape on a raft. The barque tried to reach them, but before she could do so, the men were all washed off and drowned. The following are the names of the men who were drowned: A. Jaques, captain; John Rullon, chief engineer; G. Cluff, third engineer; J.J. Clayton, fourth engineer; Luke Slaven and John McGein. The survivors were received at Dover National Sailors' Home, and, after being supplied with refreshments were forwarded by train to London. Before leaving Dover the survivors signed an address to the captain and crew of the barque Gulnare, thanking them for their services, and embodying a narrative of their rescue, and the foundering of their steamer.
Aberdeen (Scotland) Weekly Journal, December 27, 1888.
Several other papers had this same basic story, but one identified Luke Slaven as from South Shields, England.