The Guiding Star . . . sailed from
Liverpool on 8th January 1855, with 546 souls on board. She was
last heard of on the 15th February, in lat 26deg long. 34deg west,
since which period no tidings have been received of hr. The cause
of this deplorable catastrophy can only be conjectured; in all probability
it has been owing to collision with ice. Many vessels reported that
they had seen vast quantities of ice in unusually low latitudes
and some of them had suffered more or less injury in passing among
these floating masses.
Report of the Immigration
Officer (Charles Strutt) on the Guiding Star 1855.
. . from 'The Long Farewell.'