THE KAURI BEACHED.
CAPTAIN'S ACTION APPROVED
Westport, June 25.
When the Kauri waa struck by a squall, she drifted sideways on the tip head. Then she slewed broadside on and hung on the breakwater about amidships. The impact with the stones must have done considerable damage, as tbe boat rapidly took in water. Her original draught was 12 feet 6 inches aft and 7 feet for'ard, but the inrush of water put her down to nearly 17 feet. The signals showed fourteen feet as the workable j depth of the bar, but Captain Ruxton 'decided that it would be unwise to make a dart for tbe river and therefore beached the vessel, to prevent her foundering. That the position was phown by the fact that the men in the I stokehold were working up to their I waist in water. From a cursory exjaraination - made yesterday it would j appear that the vessef is holed considerably amidships in Nos. 1 and 2 [ holds and in the engine room. The | tide is ebbing and flowing It is i anticipated that th 9 cargo in No. 4 hold will be found to be damaged by waiter. If tho vessel can be made ti|hfc,-experts, consider there will be no difficulty in getting her off, as she lies in a very protected position, The magisterial inquiry will be held next week,
The ship's company speak in high appreciation of the action of Captain Ruxton.
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THE KAURI BEACHED., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4407, 26 June 1914
THE KAURI BEACHED. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4407, 26 June 1914
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