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Steamers in Collision.


• Wellington, May 14. '. The s. s. Southern Cross which arrived this morning from Napier, reports coming into collision with the Kawatiri, while at anchor off Castle Point on Sunday afternoon. The weather was very heavy at the time, and there was a strong southwesterly gale blowing. The Southern Cross which left Napier on Saturday night was the first to drop anchor, and the Kawatiri anchored close to her. Shortly afterwards, during one severe gust, the two vessels swung on their anchors and came into collision. The Southern Cross has three large dents on her port bow, one of the plates being^ stove in about 3 feet below the top rail which is also completely shattered. When the Southern Cross came in she had the hole patched with a piece of planking. There is no information at; present as to what happened the Kawatiri which was bound for the south, but,the Captain of the Southern Cross states thao she did not sustain much damage. A preliminary inquiry is to be held. .

Westport, May 14,

The Kawatiri arrived here at 10.15 this morning. Captain Apstein reports encountering fearful weather after leaving Napier. He anchored under Castle Point in company with the Southern Cross. The latter drifted and came down on the Kawatiri, striking her amidships, carrying away some of her railing, and putting a hole in a plate above water mark. The collision was not heavy. When the hands were mustered an extra man was found aboard, who proved to be the Chief Steward of the Southern Cross. He had'jumped when that vessel struck the Kawatiri. The latter stood by and found the Cross safely anchored next morning, but did not speak to her.

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Steamers in Collision., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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Steamers in Collision. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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