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The Barene Rance Scuttled.

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Dunedin, October 23i< Shortly after seven o'clock this morning a fire was discovered on board the.barque Ranee, lying at the Export Pier, Port Chalmers, and it necessitated the scuttling of the vessel. Th* Uaiiee is an iron vessel of 1190, tons register, owned by ] Messrs Nicholson and M'Gill of Liverpool. ' She arrived m port on September- j . 21, to take m a cargo of shale from, the Ottaliha, which ■ arrived from Sydney on /anuary 30 m a leaky condition, and was afterwards condemned. The Ttanee had taken on board about. 1600 tons of shale, and was expected to leave for Genoa next week. • Shortly .after seven o'clock this morning, Mr Riiney, the third officer of the .steamer Matatua, which vessel is lying at the Bowen Pier, abreast of the Panee, noticed spoke issuing from the skylight of tho Rjince, and gave the alarm." The chief officer (Mr Clarke), with the other officers and crew, proceeded to the scene. They were followed by the local brigade, who were assisted by Captain Edwards (of the Ranee), his officers and cvew. The whole of the hose available was used, the Fire Brigade's, that belongings to the Corporation, and the ship's hose. Water was freely poured down the lazaretto, where the fire was first discovered-, but it seemed to have got a firm hold. At eight o'clock volumes o,f smoke ascended from the ventilators on the poop nw ftje mizjsen rigging on the

sifcn,rlx»n;d side, and shortly afterwards '«fei.oke was room issuing from thu after hold, shewing the uluilo had tnken fire. A coiiKUitnLion was then held, when itrwaa decided to scuttle Jier. Four shots were than fired at her sido from the bicj C'utis 'bdonging to the Volunteers, but thift haviii" nn tfleet, and smoke coming up from n]] parts <■{ tli-s vcssil, MrP.iccy, ciiief po'o'y-ofHcer of llic Torpedo Corp-', :Avas sosit for. II« nrtached a charge of ■!(tm cotton to her bow, nbriub live feefc heloiv the waf-or, tivinpf the s-imo by means of a Leolincho baltery. This had t"ho flosir jjil nfi\Mv t .is tha 've»sol at once oommuncod to Fetllo down, and m less thatiten minutos she groun'slod; wirii a Ksb to Btarbo.u'il, the .w;vtar boioy up.^p her bulwarks, Tlie oiigin of the firo is unknown.

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The Barene Rance Scuttled., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2552, 24 October 1890

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The Barene Rance Scuttled. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2552, 24 October 1890

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