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WELLINGTON, April 1.9. While endeavouring to enter port last night, the steamer Bessa! struck a rock. It was first thought the vessel had entered Chaffer's passage, by mistake, but it is now understood that, she was in the main channel and that the port side struck the outer edge of Barrett's Reef. The water at first mado slowly, but about 10 p.m. there seemed a danger of the vessel sinking in the stream, so she. was berthed at Queen's. Wharf immediately. '

The damage is ■ not so extensive as originally thought. A diver's preliminary investigations merely disclosed, that some rivets .had started. The engineroom pumps are holding the water and the. vessel is still off the bottom. The cargo is being unloaded to lighten the ship. The cargo includes 1100 tons for Wellington, * the remainder being for Australian ports.

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VESSEL STRIKES ROCK, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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VESSEL STRIKES ROCK Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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