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THE FORREST HALL WRECK.

EVIDENCE CONCLUDED.

THE COURT ADJOURNED.

The hearing of the evidence at the marine inquiry into the circumstances of the wreck of the Forrest Hall was concluded yesterday afternoon. AS* EXTRAORDINARY STORY. Frank Hudson, A.8., who was at tbe wheel from 8 a.m. till the striking of the vessel, said the vessel touched at about 8.30, and then went on for two miles. He could see that she was going ashore. The mate was "full" that morning, and continued so during the day. There was a good deal of drinking on the beach. When the vessel struck, witness sung ,out, "She's struck." but no one took notice. MAN'S HEAD SPLIT OPEN. Ellis Griffiths, who joined as one of the original crew at Barry, England, said that the mate was drunk, and when the second officer returned to the ship from the shore he was asleep in the bottom of the boat. Witness went ashore in Ramsey's boat. Ramsey was drunk, and hit Petersen in the ribs -with the butt end of •&__ oar, then hit him on the head with a rowlock, and the head with a kettle. This was in the boat, before they got ashore, and the man's head was cut open by the blow with the kettle.

Arthur Dutton, an apprentice on the ship, was one of the crew of four who manned a boat, w and went out to the stranded vessel to bring back the second officer and Passmore. He said that he only went on the understanding that they were to bring the men back. They did not do so, but he did not know ■wily. He told the mate that the two men were asleep in their cabins. HOW THE LIQUOR WAS OBTAINED. The steward was recalled and told how the crew got the liquor. He said that be saw liquor in tbe rooms of one of the officers and the bosun. He identified it as the liquor from the apartments where the captain had had it stored. Ho~saw an AB. coming out of the saloon carrying a tog of rum. He made the man put it back, but the ilquor was got at later. * Mr. Mays said that he had much more evidence of a similar nature, but did not propose to call it. Respecting the question whether or not the vessel was fully manned, Mr. Mays said he was satisfied. Mr. Mays said that the value of tha cargo (coal) had been £ 1712.

Mr. Kettle: The Court is of opinion that this inquiry should not be closed until they knew the insurances.

Mr. Mayes: Eight cables have been sent. Mr. Kettle :It is an extraordinary thing. Mr. Reid reserved his address. In reply to Mr. Reid Mr. Kettle said that it wa3 .allowable for the captain to pay the men. off and let them go. They would not be required again.' The inquiry, was then adjourned till Friday next.

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THE FORREST HALL WRECK. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 64, 16 March 1909

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