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WRECK OF THE MAITAI.

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ApfjKiiuro, Jane 4, The following It Captain Dawson's statement :— '.'We left Oretl ?olnt at b»lfpast g on Saturday evening with a. moderate B JSf.B. breeds, gloomy weather end easterly bob, Wo steered a ooutee to dear Jted Jleroury Island, and made It four points on the bow at 5 a.m , iteetlog W,N,W, (ion ocetl Point. I then ■tfiod dlreot lot Red Mercury Itland at half speed for 40 mlouies, and then kept the Island abeam. At this time It was jait breaking day . It was very thlok, and » hard northeast Rale was blowing with a heavy sea. We straok on the rook at 6.20 oa Sunday morning and at half-past the vessel had nook oat of eight. She only straok on the rooks and then went clear as soon ad she was off, I went fall ■peed and ateered In fotr the }<Und. She must have g6ne for about eight minutes beforj the sank." j W' Millar thb ohlef oflloer g»ra the JSJ!°T in S sWMo aooount of the affair :— JThe port lifeboat was wine. Wo launched her off the deck, the captain haying previously brooght tbo ship J»aro to co» alter w O.l^ofc- hotf was launched, as tt would have been impossible to h.aye lowered her °n the weather Bsde/ J took, the painter aD B ftnej |ho beat was swung off made it fret, tfte ohlef engineer standing by it, while making it last, Tho forecabln steward, George Archer, a fireman nnd limp trimmer, got into the boat to BtuWH X' * T «° ITS. H nl fi D^ wh &we let go faU, and tho boat went down end. data \Tw and filled. Ih6 others held on, but the steward was knocked out of hor and never seen again. The boat was than about ten or twenty yards from the fchlp, am) »»-w» conld not 5,* T ? H r ole11 ? ln « W 'all 6f water the Oaptalif sung bnt "hurry up. ' Jump for your lives. Tfhe ship Is going down." Then the captain disappeared Jong tb« deck In searob of *n o\^\^ passenger. Ji B "Hlite»ti( valer and was followed by* tbb okptaln and rhe old lady who ]amped byhls order, this bolng the only ehanoe. We managed to gat Into the boat. Bhe was full o f w^er and was knooked abftuj *omldeiably. She wag very leaky and had a bo^e ia hqir bufi being T fitted witk water tight tanks she could not sink . The purser then appeared on the bridge and oried o?t fir hejp (m d far us to ox>me baok to the chip but she was theo m the aot of foundering and it would have been mad* neat to have approached her. I said "No* Jump, jump (or pur !tfe «n4 w« will 1 w

i yon," He did not move but olung to th< 7 after davit with both a m ■ appe<ring quiU \ das?d By this time the vessel was netrlj on end, bow down, and the seas wer< washing her fu nol. This waa the last I saw of him. For an m I fltant after the steamer disappeared be- , neath the waves, I just oanght a g impee of h's cap being lif iod off bis head by the fleas as be went under, m billing the b >>at out and shipping her rowlocks, fcome ten mlnn es were ocoopied. The o«rgo out of the hold w«s floating roand aa, bat there were no signs of tho purser or steward. Then we palled after ho otber bo*t, and msde for GreJkt Morcary Inland. There were nino of us altogether m my j boat, Including the captain." I Mr Ansel l , teumd officer, got away 1 > his boat without, *ny aerious mishaps. Tha oaptain was very coo', and, with tbe exception of iho engineer, was the lait to leave the doomed vessel. The latter held , the painter of the boat till all were on , board, and then jumped trims. lf, lulling himself on board by a rope. Tbere wai | not the least sign of cownrdlo anywhere. If there had been they wou!d,to a certaioiy, have all been drowned. Aocoonti fiom othor sources show that j the scene was very exciting. The boats , could not oomo cloie m to tin gtiip and , the captain ordered tho passengers to jump into tbe wuier and they would be ■. pioked up. Tho crow numbered 21 ; passengers 7.

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WRECK OF THE MAITAI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889

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WRECK OF THE MAITAI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889

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