A RIVER COLLISION.
CLAIM FOR DAMAGES. A collision that occurred on the Awanui River between the schooner Greyhound and the s.s. Apanui, on October 28th last, was productive of an action, -which was heard by Mr C. C. Kettle, in the Magistrate's Court to-day. The plaintiff was J. A. Subritzky, owner of the schooner, who sued the Northern S.S Company for £G7 10/ damages in consequence of the collision. Of the sum claimed £32 10/ was for repairs, £30 for extra oil used through loss of sails. and £5 lor loss of time in. clearing wreckage. Mr J. R. Reed appeared for the plaintiff ond Mr C. Z. Clayton ior the defendant company. Herbert Subritzky, master of the Greyhound, said that on the day m question he was entering the river at about 9 a.m. with the Apanui less than a quarter of a mile astern. As he rounded the bend the wind acid tide threw the schooner on the lee shore and the Apanui tried to pass. When amidships, however, the steamer seemed to turn round and a collision occurred. The tide was at three-quarter flood, and with careful steering the steamer could easily hare pa-ssed. Witness added that the captain of the Apanui had previously damaged the wharf at Awanui. Afterwards the master ni the Apanui came aboard the Greyhound and saw the damage, and offered to send a carpenter aboard to fix it up. They talked things over and the witness promised to make light of things in his Teport of the matter to the Collector of Customs, which he did. Mr Kettle: Why did you do this? Witness: I did not want to go into a marine inquiry court over the matter. Mr Kettlo: So you eased it down? Witness: Well, *y r3 > I did, but in a fair and honest wa}'. Continuing the. witness said that when lie Teached Auckland the. defendant company's carpenter came aboard, but the repairs the latter suggested were not enough for the owner of the Greyhound, witness' father, and nothing was done. Mr. Gow. who was i\ passenger on the Apanui, stated that it. was the Greyhound that heeled over towards the steamers. The mate, of the Greyhound, however, corroborated the master's story. The case, had not concluded when we went to press.
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