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Timaru, Yesterday.

The ship City of Cashmere has become all but a total wreck here. Yesterday afternoon the pin of the shackle of her anchor came out, and before a second anchor was let go she had drifted a mile into the breakers. There was not much sea running al; first, and the steam launch Lillie Denham went to her rescue, having oh board Captain Ross, of the City of Cashmere, who was ashore at the time the; pin came out. The Harbor Master, Captain Mills, had previously got on board, and every effort was made to, save the vessel, but it being low tide she got further and further in. She Struck the beach about five miles from Timaru about midnight, and the Rocket Brigade succeeded in getting th e crew and officers, numbering nineteen, also the Harbor Master and another gentleman, on shore safely in less than an hour. Captain Ross was the last man to leave the ship, the Harbor Master (Captain Mills) seeing all on shore! before he would leave Ross. The wreck is the result solely of the pin of the shackle coming out, and in no way due to the port. The City of Cashmere was a strongly-built iron vessel of 980 tons, owned in Glasgow. She has a quantity of wool, wheat and flour on board, and up to the present time this is'believed to be uninjured. It is well injured.

The Lyttelton Times’ spt cial, wiring from Timaru yesterday at out the disaster, says;—The sea beat he avily on the beach this forenoon, and rolled the vessel so much that it shook the masts out of her. She is now l/ing almost high and dry on the beach, j The crew managed to get all their plothes and other personal property out of the vessel this afternoon. Thq hull is a good deal strained, and thjere is little hope of the vessel getting ,ofT. If she does not break up in thje night the cargo may be be got out c f her. She is an iron vessel, of 980 tonjs, owned in Scotland, and is said to be over eighteen years old. She is insured almost entirely in the New Zealand office, but part of the risk is certain to be re-insured. She had 486 bales wool, 246 sacks flour, and 4349 sacks of wheat on board. The whole of the cargo, excepting i,600 sacks of wheat, was shipped by Messrs Miles, Archer, and Co., and it is fully insured in the Union office. The 1,600 sacks of wheat belonged to Mr Morris, of Pleasant Point, and it is also insured in the South British. The wreck of this vessel is very mysterious, and a public enquiry into it will be held. Being the first direct wool ship of the season from Timaru, the people here regret the wreck very much. The scene of the wreck was visited by thousands of people to-day. Latest Particulars. [by telegraph.] Timaru, To-day. The City of Cashmere had on board 2,749 sacks wheat, 276 sacks flour, and 486 bales wool, shipped by Miles, Archer, and Co., and insured under an open policy in the Union ; and 1,600 sacks shipped jby J. L. Morns, insured for Li, 500 >n ithe South British. The masts went overboard yesterday afternoon, except tl e lower mizzen, and that followed during the night. The vessel had a hole male in her bottom by a boulder during the afternoon, and now (2 p m.) it is n ported that a good deal of her port sid;, which is presented to the sea, is broken away. The officers and crew secured their effects at low tide yesterday, the vessel being then nearly clear of surf. The hull now lies high and dry, ipparently. The steamer Grafton, sen! for from Lyttelton, arrived an hour too late to do anything. -

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WRECK OP THE CITY OF CASH MERE AT TIMARU., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 535, 16 January 1882

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WRECK OP THE CITY OF CASH MERE AT TIMARU. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 535, 16 January 1882

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