By Eleotrkj TaLEonAPP.
Fbom Oub Special Correspondent,
WRECK OF THE RAKIURA.
Wellington, April 15
There was nothing sensational and nothing? out of the ordinary in connec tionwith the wreck of the Rakiura off Stephens Island before daylight yester day For alt that the event occurred with what one member of the crew characterised ac 'dramatic suddenness." The night bad been dark though fairly clear, but the weather threatened as the day grew older, and the wind got up. At three minutes to 5 by the engine room clock she struck, and when the watch below had rubbed the last of sleep rut of their eyes they found that the s > was within twenty yards of the ebo nwitb a perpendicular rock looroiDg over theca. Those con eerned testify to the fact that the ship's boat with a crew which totalled nine, waa launched in exceptionally quick time. The crew put out to sea After cruißiDg round for about an hour the derelicts made up their minds to take advantage of the weather clearing and make for Port Hardy. It was a
bard i nil but tbf y reached tbe bavpn jn?b before nine o'clock in I be morn ing, cold and hucgry and almost naked The crew were warmed nnd fed and c'of.hed at Wiggins' station, whore they received all tba care that their unfortunate condition warranted. Of this treatment the men ppeak in terms of extreme enthusiasm. Seven mem hers of the crew arrived at Wellington by the Nikau this morning Tbe cap tain and the chief engineer are remaining behind in tbe hope that they may be able to recover the ship's papers. The ship was only partly in. cured.
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TELEGRAPHIC., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 16 April 1915
TELEGRAPHIC. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 16 April 1915
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