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The Wreck of The Emilie


[per press association.]

In'vercargill, April 23. | A. nautical inquiry opened at ten this morning, before Mr Rawson,R.M., andCapt. Grey, Assessor, into the circumstances of the wreck of the barque Emilie, which left Bluff with a cargo of timber for Port.Pirie on the 26th ult. George Green, one of the survivors, deposed that the day after sailing, the vessel was struck by a squall. Every effort, was made, but she went on her broadside and the boats broke adrift. When she heeled over the'cabin and forehead deck houses fell .out, the,fore and main, masts went, by the board, and the inizzentopmast broke off. The vessel then righted herself, but before this the captain and seven men were drowned. She had been pumped out every two hours from the Bluff, and was not making much water till struck by the squall. From the way she lay over she must have been full of water. It was not possible that the cargo had shifted. The witness considered the vessel in a very bad state. Everything about her was old and ['rotten, the bolts falling out and the rigging much worn. He made no complaints to officials, but spoke to several people about her condition. He sailed because he had signed articles, and was not supposed, to know whether the vessel was good or bad.

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The Wreck of The Emilie, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890

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The Wreck of The Emilie Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2409, 24 April 1890

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