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Burning of a Ship at Sea.

-— Details of the burning of the steamer Paoching and the loss of 32 lives, including the master of the vessel, Captain Place, have been received at Sydney by the steamer Taiydan, from Hongkong. The fire broke out at sea, the vessel being on a voyage from Shanghai to Hankow. The steamer Ngankin, which was one of the first to reach the burning vessel, reports that at six a.m, on May 29, while near the Centaur shoal, those on board observed dense masses of smoke ahead about five miles off, and as they approached closer they found the smoke proceeded from a sieamer on fire. In less than ten minutes the fire had gained such a hold that the vessel was a mass of flames right fore and aft. As the Ngankin came closer the vessel was found to be the Paoching, This vessel left Shanghai the same morning at one o'clock for Hankow. It could be seen from the deck of the Ngankin that people were clinging round her, hanging to the sides by ropes. As the ropes burnt through jbhe unfortunate people fell into the water and were drowned. The Ngankin was anchored, and m five minutes four of her boats were m jthe water pulling towards the Poaching, the sides of which were very hot. The crew found people floating m the water, and they picked up Mr Christensen, the first officer, the second officer, and twenty-one nftfcivef, some of whom were suffering from burns. In the meantime the Teiwo «ame up and saved nine natives. The Sual Ws4 fcnirtv' one» according to the compradore's account. A Chinese gunboat, the Chepai, came up and anchored, and her commander lowered two boats, one of which went to the wreck but found no one to save, .though there were a number of dead bodies floatfug aboufc- When fche steamers left the wreck the whole of the deck was burnt, but the wasts, funnel, and capstan were standing, The chief engineer was m the water when rescued, holding on to i the cable, as was also the mate. Mr Wilson, fche second engineer, was drowned, as was also the master, Captain Place. An enquiry into the burning of the vessel was held at Shanghai. The court found that proper steps had been taken by the officers to save the lives of the passengers and crew, but desired especially to°direct the. attention of the Board of Tradti f.f) the fact that they considered the appliance far extinguishing fire, and the number ami cftWJty ™ the boats considering the number of people earned, were quite inadequate ; that the regulations, if /»ny, for stowing dangerous cargo did"not "fliWr to have been known tc the officers i-oeponslWp ; mul the crew had 'noTcr been exercised »t ftru flops' and that if they had been m organic i the fire engine might have been worked before the engine was hmccesible through smoke. „.,..,.„, -

• Thure is now to be seen m the shop windoy .of M^ssra J, Scaly and Co , L»«st 1 »tre«t, a wljec^i »f i»J>pl«.» showing

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Burning of a Ship at Sea., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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Burning of a Ship at Sea. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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