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A DISCREDITED STORY.

THE MISSING MARYBOROUGH. PILOT'S YARN DISPROVED. (Received 12.46 p.m.) LONDON, October 7. A son of Captain Hird denies the stoTy published from New Zealand about the discovery of the ship Marlborough in a cove near Cape Horn. He believes it is a pure invention. The Puget Sound pilot's story was circulated a year ago, and on investigation was found to be untrue.

The story, as printed in the "Star" of September 29, was to the effect that a month previous, McArthur, in command of one of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel steamers trading to Seattle, via China and Japan, came into the London office and stated he had met in Seattle a pilot who told him, in the course of conversation, that he was once wrecked off Cape Horn, that most of the crew got ashore, and that all decided to part company, and to go two by two in different directions to look for the Mission Station. He and his companion, who, lie believes, were the only survivors in this search for the station, which they eventually reached, came upon a large painted-port ship wrecked in a cove, and he distinctly saw the name Marlborough. There were'three large tents erected, and big heaps of shell-fish, which had been consumed by the survivors"; but they were all dead, and there were 20 skeletons. Young Hird, son of the captain, ie in the office of Law, Leslie, and Co., Leadenhal] Street, and is in communication with the pilot, who has the exact latitude and longitude.

The Marlborough and Dunedin both left New Zealand about the year 1884 with cargoes of frozen meat, and no tidings of either of them has ever been received. It was generally surmised that they had been lost in the ice.

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A DISCREDITED STORY. Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 240, 8 October 1913

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