FROM AUCKLAND TO NEW GUINEA.
IN A 20-TON KETCH.
;. . _-An interesting personality in Captain -. usmes Alexander passed through Bris- ;| *_____! Jt the end of last week, en route : M G^nea - to New Zealand (says ■the "Brisbane Mail"). On the 6th Jan- _;,. nary last Captain Alexander, who is now ~■.:-.« years of age, 6e t out under engageBent vrath the New Guinea Rubber Com~R from Auckland to sail the Era, a ».«teh of wider 20 tons, to New Guinea, HSMd successfully frecomplished what must *c regarded as an extremely hazardous WSm »n February 23. The first part voyage was interfered with by r^^ ther ' but the captain appeared ■ -Jr\ i OTe to t0 in the c* l ™ 3 . : _-W ; _ert which prevailed in the Coral '■'-•'w '■i-iS' the whole of the voyage ' W*a*m shin or sail was sighted, the quite out of the ordinary pggff■ « slipping. Captain Alexander ■ fiv? !?, ***- ' in 1850 > wn6n the "wind . the usual means of naviga- .. ..ram, and while during his 58 years of ; >2_^!? Bg ie has had experience of classes of vessels, including the "'■■'''w ? s ßmships ' he ia more at ."'•''«£!-? I SmaU sailin S vessels * uch a s > stor he served apprenticev"2i* ta ability as a navigator and •' ; 'toS' il most fifctin S evidence is the ' % c has Mver lost a ship, the | to disaster being once ; offW_Zf T63Sel was sneezed in the ice ?., In 1880 he brought '-'""fa*, e r P^' maite from Gr «at Bri- ; «m to Westport (New Zealand), and , Wteecnently the dredge No. 121 to AuckllnlSr- J** HaAour Board. A large ~,& n Of his life _<__ . been spent __, tj_ c but he finds it somewhat .. ; sunaut to say how many times he has .■.ground the world, or in what part k r_? 0t teen - H « se rved as mate £&&!%?* P** 3 ™* (Portmaster) in - $ dsvs J£ and other ships in the ' 1 -'"nM 'I » skipper was veritably the 1 nn, W ' tt his Clw - He still keeps r»»v v ' intermittent association "'' BrisMT 5 ski PP 6r > -nd certainly never • ; ttr*»L— opportunity which occasionally ' ,tadf ° f "Porting himself to his *4nV r When the reminiscences of •' : _afei* , life are mutually recalled. - past the allotted span of three • is'"'»Kri l*?*? and ten ' Captain-\Alexander • to** *"* heart y> and ft-ds little : "WS." employment at his : ' theTml g - r Snch ventures as require : - fnl L. i™ of a skafu l a watch- " _? Ml totre P id s Pirit. *''"fcrST' A ™!J™ d « returned to Auckland ■'-"■■." *™ s.s.Mokxna on Monday lait.
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