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COASTERS IN COLLISION.

WAKATU AND STORM. 'PECULIAR MISADVENTURE. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) LYTTELTON, this day. The Maoriland Shipping Co.'s steamer Storm and ithe coastal trader Wakatu met in collision last night about 40 miles up the coast from Lyttelton. The Storm ha<i sailed from Lyttelton in the evening for Wanganui, and *he Wakatu was on her way from to Lyt'Celton. The night -was perfectly clear. Both vessels were in charge of the first mates, and each sighted the other some distance off. No one seemed to have anticipated trouble till the steamers were close together. Apparently .by some error of judgment the courses of the vessels were changed, and the Wakatu struck the stern of the Storm with her bow on the starboard side. The Waka'tu'e cut open for several feet in depth, making a large gaping hole, fortunately well above the water lino, at a height corresponding with the deck line. The other -vessel, the Storm, was more strongly built, and was a little cut about. The side above the deck was crushed down, Tiut luckily did not interfere with the steering chains. Both vessels came at once to Lyttelton, arriving early this morning. Fortunately the sea was smooth, or the Wakatu might have been in difficulties.

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COASTERS IN COLLISION. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 73, 26 March 1909

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