WRECK OF THE S.S. MAITAI
LOSBQF TWO LJ VKS.
[PBB FBBSB ASSOCIATION.]
Avokkand, June 3.
On Sunday morning last, abont seven o'olook, the JJqloo Gompany'a ateamor fifoltftl, wbl'e on her trip from East Ooast ports to Auckland, atruckat took a Meroory Inland and foundered m ten minutes, The purser, 11. H. litrsen, and the fore etblo steward, George Ardnetf, were drowned. There were aeven - passengers on board and they and the remainder of the crew, nomberlng seventeen, landed on Mercery Island, and were tak«n on the Hlnemoa, which brought them to Auoklsnd, arriving this evening. The Maital made the Mercury group at six o'clock on Sunday morning. The weather was thlok. and a« a violent easterly gale was blowlog the steamer hove -to for about forty minutes. When she set out again her course was altered to off shore, but after running for a sh,ort time the vessel atruoK po what ia supposed to be Rbh'ardson Bock, »t the lied Mercury Island. The boats were at onoe lowered) and the whole of the passengers and orew left the steamer with the exoeptlon of Mr Larsen, the purser He had sefi^d one ot the davits, and remained dinging to It, evdentlylnt f or, and refused to, drop Into the boats underneath, though ap> puled to by (be otoeri. The steamer had atruck'wlth great force, and she quickly filled, and the hatches b.aretipg she sank In forty fathoms, Larsen went down with the steamer, apd was drowned. The 'ere'cabla steward fell oat of one of the boats, and he too was lost, sinking before he oould be resoued. The crew pulled into Mercury Harbor, and were reot-ived by Mr Cook," proprietor of the Island. When the Maital atruok, the passengers had to j imp Into the water, and were resoued by the boats. Everything on board was lost.
Wbllixtgton, Jnne 3, Captain JTalrohlld roporti to the Marine Department from Auckland; "The Bteamer' Matal ran on the Rlobardson Rook on Saod»7 morsiiDg »t i o'clock and s«nk In deep water ten minutes after. The purcer and second pook were drowneq. All t|ie othetq got on short at Wwoar^ fslan^. | 9! t eyorytblp/aO:
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