A SCOW ASHORE.
DISMASTED ; AT WHANGAPAROA. , .... .CREW .SAFE..- ■;.-.'..■ Information from Tiritiri was received this morning to the effect that a scow was ashore at Whangaparoa, and that apparently :ajU hands were''sale:' . : . : The message stated that shortly after daylight this morning the scow was observed piled up on the beach. It was subsequently ascertained that the vessel had red topsides, and that her masts had been carried away. The members of the crew could be seen moving about the beach from Tiritiri, so presumably they are all safe. There is a strong easterly ■wind prevailing, and the sea is high, circumstances which no doubt combined to place the vessel in her present position. The Northern Company's steamer Kanieri, which arrived from Whangarei last night, reports that bright flares-up were noticed at Whangaparoa on the voyage. The sea was very rough at the time, and it would have been suicidal to send a boat's crew to the scene of the wreelr. If the , boat had succeeded in getting away from the steamer, she .would undoubtedly have been dashed to pieces on the rocks. The Kanieri accordingly came on to Auckland and reported the matter to the Collector of Customs, who had already been apprised of the fact that a scow was ashore. At the time of going to press the iden.tity of the scow had not been established. The wreck is at least four hours' ride from the nearest telegraph station. Later. The Customs Department is advised from Tiri that the vessel ashore at Whangaparoa is a small craft, possibly on oil launch. The name of the vessel is painted in white or slate letters on the stern of the vessel. There appear to be three men about the launch. She will probably be floated at high water.
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