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THE TIDAL WAVE AT PORT CHARLES.

A LETTER to Mr. Ifohlslmv f rrmi ~ mill manager at Port Charles' h* interesting particulars of the° avovp observed on that part of tbe coast * t? 8 letter is dated 12th May, and says •'—« \x)K had a fresh on Saturday last, and Aye .\ doAvn about 250 or 300 logs, and yestenf \ morning (Friday) we had a tidal v/ 2 I that washed every one of them back mv il M creek. About 100 of them have -Z v£ 9 tbe first left band branch, and the rest ? them are up the main creek betAveen th top of the straight run and the first eross 6 ing ; a feAV logs have gone over the banks but not many. I Avas awakened about an ; hour before daylight by the sound of tiie Avater round the house, and Avhen I <vJ out and saAV the logs racing up the creek 1 avus completely beAvildered The Avhole of the flat Avas under Avater, and when I Avent out the confusion avus simply indescribable The tide kept rushing in and out all day about every twenty minutes, Avhich made us afraid that avc should have a 'xpetition of it at high Avater in the evening, which Aye had, but not so high as in the mominoThe tide rose and fell on an average about eight feet every 20 minutes the Avhole day Sometimes it Avould rise and fall as much as ten or twelve feet, in that time. About tAvo o'clock it rose and fell I believe more than that, although it, avus only just after loav Avater one rush came up to the level'of the wharf, and Avent back nearly to the reef. The punt was anchored in R ee f Bay, and parted her cable, and Avent ashore, but took no harm. Captain Pelley got her oil", and also picked up the anchor and chain during one of the great rushes out, although he got caught Avith the rush in, just Avhen he had got hold of the end of the chain."

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THE TIDAL WAVE AT PORT CHARLES., Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2244, 16 May 1877

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THE TIDAL WAVE AT PORT CHARLES. Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2244, 16 May 1877

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