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THE WRECK OF THE TARARUA.

FURTHER PARTICULARS. Terrible Disaster. All the Women and Children Perished. (by telegraph.) [A portion of the following appeared in an extra issued by us this morning.] Wyndham, To-day. The special correspondent of the Southland News telegraphs from Toi Tois ;—Arrived here from Wyndham at 2.30 this (Saturday) morning. The tidings from the wreck are that a terrible disaster happened. The Tararua struck on the Otara reef, about half a mile from the shore, at 5 o’clock yesterday morning; it is supposed in a fog. The captain and chief mate, it is reported, were below at the time when she struck. The engineer, in trying to reverse the engine, broke his leg. The women rushed on deck in their night dresses, but a heavy sea soon washed the most of them off. Three boats were got out, but were swamped. One got away to seaward, and one came ashore, landing five or six men. The steamer parted amidships, and numbers perished; several are still clinging to the wreck. A man with a child in his arms is lashed to the rigging. Numbers of settlers are on the beach, anxious to render assistance, but many are turning away heart-sick at seeing their fel-low-creatures perish before their eyes and unable to help. The total number ashore is twelve men so far. It is supposed that all the women and children perished. The beach is strewn with the wreck and cargo. Several photographs were picked up, but only one body had been washed ashore last night. It is said the cries were heart-rending when the people on the wreck saw those on shore leaving at dusk'.' I proceed to the wreck at daylight. The William Archers was wrecked on the same reef four years ago. The s.s. Gothenburg previously struck on it.

LATEST PARTICULARS. Dunedin, To-day. The Star has received a message from Wyhdham saying that the Tararua has broken up amidships, and only 16 persons are believed to be saved. It is supposed she had nearly 100 passengers on board. The settlers were unable to render the slightest assistance. The Bank of New Zealand had L. 4,000 worth of gold and silver in the Tararua. It was insured in a Melbourne office.

THE VERY LATEST. Fifteen Persons Saved. Dunedin, To-day. The Hawea has arrived at the Bluff. She reports that the Tararua has disappeared. The Hawea picked up a boat containing the second officer, Mrs Hill, and six of the crew. Fifteen in all are supposed to be saved.

List of the Passengers and Crew. The following is the list of passengers, so far as we can learn, from Lyttelton and Port Chalmers :—From Lyttelton, for Melbourne —Dr. and Mrs Campbell, five children and servant, Messrs Gough, Gillingham, E. Connal, E. Mitchell, John M. Dean, Crawford, Revs. Waterhouse, J. B. Richardson, J. Armitage, C. Carlberg. From Dunedin, for the Bluff—Mr Bailey. For Hobart—Mr and Mrs Bryant. For Melbourne—Messrs A. Rac, G. Grey, J. Young, G. Anderson, G. Dobson (2), Bambndge, Cook, Shevar, Dowdall, Andrew, Barry, Ramsay, Wright, G. Robins, G. Martin, Anderson, Brown, J. O. Eva. From Auckland—Messrs Rogers and Bell. The following were on board the illrfated vessel, in addition to those mentioned abotag ;-+-From Tauranga for Hobart:—Saloon : Mrs Brenan and three children. From Napier to Melbourne —steerage; Mrs J. Daly. From Wellington to the Bluff—steerage : Mr Penman. From Wellington to Melbourne —saloon : Mr C. Purgett, Mr S. T. B. Marsh, Mr and Mrs E. W. Downes, G. Wiltshire; steerage: Mr Thalin, Mr T. O’Sullivan, Mr Williams, Mr Chas. Holt, and Mr T. Davis. From Lyttelton to the Bluff—steerage : Mr Laurence, Mr Sharp, Mr Boyle. From Lyttelton to Melbourne—Mrs W. B. Jones, Mr John Gordon, Mr Chas. Gough ; steerage: Mr and Mrs Hill and child, Mr J. Wallace, Mr Wm. Young, Mr B. Hanson, Mr J. Scann, Mr T. Jones, Mr Wm. White, Mr Daniel Davies, Mr Carl Colburg, Mr Neill Gough, Mr William Green, Mr W. Bassett, and Ashworth. The officers and crew are:—Master, F. G. Garrard; chief officer, R. Lindsay ; second officer, E. Maloney; chief engineer, Alexander Munro; second do., A. Livingstone; third do., Andrew Sutherland; purser, W. B Jones; carpenter, John Morrison ; chief steward, C. Allan; stewardess, Miss Aitken; crew (so far as known), E. Johnston, T. Dixon, C. Stewart, F. Derag, J. Gibb, E. M'Davitt, D. Corbet, Frank Rahls, Anmstead, William Brien, Wm. Smith, W. Collins, Charles Silver, G. Weston, J. Burnett, G. Woran, T. Nicholson, H. Poison, W. Adams, A. Armistead, James Maher, James Warren, Robert Burwood, T. Haynes, W. Davidson, A. Mickaliney, and four whose names are unknown. Dunedin, To-day. A man |named Brown and several people booked and joined the vessel at Port Chalmers. Of these, Denis English, William English, and Alexander M*Kenzie, shearers, are known to be on board.

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THE WRECK OF THE TARARUA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 332, 30 April 1881

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THE WRECK OF THE TARARUA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 332, 30 April 1881

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