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THE US. WARSHIP NIPSIC.

Further particulars with respect to the Nipsic's break down when on her second voyage to Auckland state that the ship had to "be delayed for over a day whilst the rudder was repaired, and she then made another start. In spite of its being calm, the Nip├čic rolled very heavily, due in part, no doubt, to the loss of her keel. The engineers did not like this. She steered wildly, and the steering gear was not proving reliable. These facts, in addition to the remonstrances of the engineers, who evidently considered that the vessel was not in a fit state to make the voyage to Auckland, had some effect with Captain Mullan, and he held a consultation with the captain of the Alert, and it was resolved to turn back. A correspondent at Apia, I writing with respeot to the matter, says: Admiral Rimberley was not entirely satisfied with the return of the Nipsjc, and from all accounts he did not consider it altogether justifiable. I understand that he obtained information from some of the lieutenants of the Nipsic, and this captain Mullan objected to, and after reporting to the admiral he asked to be relieyed. lo this Admiral Kimberley consented, and appointed Lieutenant Lyon, of the U.S.S. Trenton, to the command of the ITipsic, and sent her out the same afternoon under the convoy of the Alert. She has orders to proceed to Pago Pago Harbor, there to land her guns and take in coal. The Alert is to escort the Nipsio to Auckland. The two vessels were; to ba ready to leave Pago Pago for Auckland, on the 23rd. Captain Mullan leaves for the TJnited States by the B.M.S. Zealandia, which is due at Tutilla on Saturday next,' 25th inst.

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THE US. WARSHIP NIPSIC., Evening Star, Issue 7918, 28 May 1889

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THE US. WARSHIP NIPSIC. Evening Star, Issue 7918, 28 May 1889

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