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(By Telegraph.—Press Association.)


The Gisborne Harbour Board's new-ly-purchased auxiliary scow Ngahau received a terrible buffeting on the voy.age from Wellington to Gisborne, and at times all hopes of out the gale were abandoned. The Ngahau left Wellington at 6 a.m. on Friday, and experienced moderate head winds till she was off Castlepoint, when she ran into a heavy easterly gale, which lasted till yesterday morning. •' ' „ ' Mountainous seas swept the vessel, and the forward bulwarks were stove in and minor damage was done. The greatest danger was due to a leak which developed yesterday' morning. In a short time the engine-room was flooded. The pumps were manned and the crew managed to keep the ship afloat. If the leak had occurred during the height of the gale, the master says, nothing could have saved the ship from capsizing. Running before -the gale the Ngahau made a speed'of twenty miles an hour between Cape Turnagain and Cape Kidnappers. .' ■ The Ngahau arrived at Gisborne at 8 p.m. yesterday, with two and a half feet of water in the engine-room., The, leak has not yet been traced. No other seVious damage was done, and there were no mishaps to any xtt: the ; crew. The Ngahau is to be used for shipping stone for the harbour works at Gisborne.

The scow Ngahau, which was built at Auckland last year, was purchased recently by the Gisborne Harbour Board from Mr. F. W. Greenslade, of Nelson. She took a load of timber from here to Gisborne. ■

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TERRIBLE VOYAGE, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 52, 2 March 1926

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TERRIBLE VOYAGE Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 52, 2 March 1926

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