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WRECKS AT THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS.

News from Alofi, Savage Islands, states that on the 30th December a quantity of timber and wreckage was washed ashoro on the coast at that place. Amongst the wreckage was a mast and four cabin doors, part of a deck house, slabs, logs, and some boards marked " P.M. Co." At the village of Liku, further to the east, deck planking, with part of the side of a ship below deck, drifted on to the reef. Mr F. E. Lawes, missionary at Nine, writing in regard to the matter, says it iB feared that a ship struck the reef on the night of the 28th ana went down. There is no clue to the identity of the vessel.

The Altmore, wrecked at Fiji on April 22, was commanded by Captain W. G. Weekes, and was a vessel of 1,716 tons register, and bound from Sydney to San Francisco with eoal. The wreck was sighted by the schooner Midge, and a boat put off to the ship, but in returning with several of the crew the boat swamped, and the chief mate of the Altmore, R. R, Turnbull, was drowned in the surf. The other men swam to the Midge and were rescued. Some of the crew and a number of passengers put out for Levuka in the lifeboat and the first outter, but had not arrived when the Mawhera sailed from Levuka on May 7. It is suggested, however, that they may have landed or been cast ashore on one of the other islands, and in that case they would be able to sustain themselves until help came.

The hurricane whioh passed over Samoa on March 18 did great damage at Nine, Savage Island; 675 nouses, three churches, two schoolhouses, and about 200 cocoanut trees were destroyed.

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WRECKS AT THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS., Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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WRECKS AT THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS. Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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