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Narrow Escape of the Crew, [reuter’s telegrams—copyright,] [Received Nov. 11, noon.] Sydney, To-day. The Orient steamship Austral, while lying at anchor in the harbor in Neutral Bay, sank in deep water at four o’clock this morning. She had been coaling, and this had given her a list to starboard. The port-holes had. been left open, and the water rushed in, and the vessel gradually sank in. forty-five feet of water. Her masts and funnels are now alone visible. No lives were - lost as there was sufficient time for the crew to get off, though they had a harrow escape as the whole affair only occupied a few minutes. [Received Nov. 11, 12.15 p.m.] Later. There was a dense fog in the harbor this morning. Directly the Austral began to fill, the coal lighters moored alongside were quickly detached to provide a refuge for the vessel’s crew, who rushed out almost nude. The officers and men lost everything. The, greater part of the inward cargo by thejAustral had been discharged. : ; '

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SINKING OF A STEAMER AT ANCHOR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 790, 11 November 1882

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SINKING OF A STEAMER AT ANCHOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 790, 11 November 1882

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