AN EVENTFUL TRIP
, FIVE DAYS WITHOUT WATER.
1 (per press association. ) Auokland, April 3. 1 The cutter Evening Star arrived m port ' on Saturday from Maketu, Bay of Plenty, after an eventful trip. The vessel sailed ; from Maketu on Sanday, 24th M«roh, ' with three passengers— Mrs Taylor (late sohool teacher at Maketu) and two ohil--1 dren. When off Talrua the outter met a | strong gale, and the mainsail was blown ; away, whilst heavy seas washed away the dingy and a full water cask. A jury main* i sail was rigged with carpets, tarpaulins, and blankets ; but notwithstanding this ' the outter drifted rapidly to sea, the gale being off the coast. The water supply, , owing to -the loss of the oaak, gave out early on Monday morning, but Mrs Taylor had with her a oouple of bottles of elder! ower water, used as medlolne, and this was served .out In teaapoonfuli to the five persons on board at regular meal | Intervals, this bajng their only drink. On \ Wednesday morning, when the Evening [ Star muat have been upwards of a hundred miles eastward off the ooaat, the ' wind suddenly changed, and the outter | was thus enabled to bring up again to I land. A distress signal was hoisted. On ; Thursday, the vessel having beoome be- ' oalmed, and when off Mohlklnul, two men j put off from the lighthouse with a letter, j but they absolutely refused to bring water ' to the outter, Btatlng that-' they had to \ look after the light and had no time. ' Tho Evening Star eventually reaohed \ Auokland after a passage of a week, the [ party, having been five days without water.
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