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Steamboat Traffic Suspended. Immense Loss of Life. £8,000,000 Worth of Property Destroyed [Per s.s. Australia at Auckland.]

[by telegraph.]

Auckland, To-day. The United Kingdon has been visited by a terrible hurricane. The Dispatch of the 16th mentions it as one of the most disastrous which has occurred for years. There was much damage done to shipping in the Mersey, and many boats ran aground. On the Thames steamboat traffic was suspended. London Park is strewn with fallen timber, and in the South Park 400 trees were blown down. The gale damaged property all over the country, unroofing and wrecking hundreds of houses in Ireland and Scotland, and killing many people. Forty-five fishermen reported at Barnmouth and Egmouth, Scotland, and fifty at Berwickshire, at sea during the gale are given up as lost. Seventy Dunbar fishermen are reported as drowned ; also three pilots in the Tyne. At Stockton-on-Tees, five persons were killed by falling of roofs. The steamer Cyprian, from Liverpool to Genoa, was wrecked on the Welsh coast, and twenay-two Ib’es were lost. Eightyfive vessels in all are lost, and the approximate value of property destroyed is L 8,000,000. The telegraph wires are down in every direction, and communication is uncertain. Most of the land wires connecting with England and the Continent are broken.

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TERRIBLE GALE IN ENGLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 490, 12 November 1881

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TERRIBLE GALE IN ENGLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 490, 12 November 1881

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