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High Water.

To-mobbow. Taiaroa Heads: 3.34 a.m.. 3.50 p.m. Port Chalmers : 4.14 a.m„ 430 p.m. Dunedin; 459 a,m„ 5.15 p.m.

port Chalmers.

ARRIVED.— Mat 29,

Rotomahana, a.s., 896 tons, Carey, trom Sydney via Auckland and Saefc Coast ports. Passengers; Mr and Mrs R. Clark and family.

Meadamea Palmer, Leonard, Etidger. Clowes, Morris, Misses Allured (2), Palmer (2), Wieneke, Messrs Garrick, Mithven, Allured, Burgess, White, A. Lone, S. Clarke, Shiltillo, Blair, S. Robinson, Master Kelly; and eight in the steerage. Beautiful Star, s.s., 146 tons, Brewer, from Oamaru. Passengers: Three saloon, two steerage. Kakanui, s.s., 59 tons, Best, from Waikawa. SAILED.- May 30. Rotomahana, s.s., 865 tons, Carey, for Melbourne via tho Bluff and Hobatt. Passen gers: For Melbourne Mesdames Mendersbauien, Woodhouse, Messrs Clulee, Cargill, Archer, and Finker; and eight steerage. Kakanui, s.s., 59 tons, Best, for Fortrose. The Kakanui, with a cargo of timber from Waikawa, arrived at the Rattray street wharf at 11 p.m. yesterday. After discharging cargo she left again this afternoon for Fortrose. The barque William Turner has taken in a large quantity of cargo at the cro=s wharf. She is expected to sail about Saturday for Sydney. We have been informed on reliable authority that in consequence tf the river at Westport shoaling considerably during the last few months, the Government, having been approached regarding the matter by the member for the district, have promised to have the river properly dredged. It was at first intended to obtain a small dredge for the purpose, but the importance and necessity of providing the largest and most powerful dredge available having been demonstrated, it has bren decided to obtain, if possible, the large dredge at present lying idle in this harbor, which, our informant states, could be obtained at a reasonable price by the Government-at least, those in Westport interested in the matter are of that opinion. Mr O’Conor, tho representative of the district, has announced his intention of proceeding to Wellington to interview Mr Mitchelson in connection with the question, and in this he has been promised the assistance of the Hen. Mr Richardson. Mr J. L Gillies, secretary of tho Otago Harbor Board, has as yet received no information regarding the matter, but will doubtless be communicate! with as soon as the opinion of the Minister of Public Woiks has been obtained. The barque Loch Awe has put out about 600 tons of cargo at tho cross wharf. The barque Mabel ia rapidly getting out her deadweight cargo at the Rattray street wharf. The Grafton took in cargo at the Rattray street wharf to-day for the West Coast ports. The Beautiful Star landed cargo at the Rattray street wharf to-day. Tne Rotomahana left the tongue wharf this afternoon at 3 p.m. for Melbourne via the Bluff and Hobart. The barque Olive wid be clear of her Dunedin cargo by the end of the week. The steam launch Toi is receiving a thorough overhaul on Isbister’s slip. The Rotomahana (Captain Carey), from Sydney via Auckland and intermediate ports, arrived at 4 p.m. yesterday. Mr J. Ness Keith, her purser, reports leaving Sydney at 5 p m. on the 17th inst.; arrived at Auckland at 7 a.m. on the 22nd; left again at 430 p.m. on the 23rd ; called at Gisborne. Napier, Wellington, and Lyttelton, leaving the latter port at 0.15 a.m. on the 29tb, arriving as above, having experienced fine weather throughout. She _ sailed again this afternoon for Melbourne via the Bluff and Hobart. The Beautiful Star, with cargo and passengers from Oamaru, arrived at 9.85 p.m. yesterday. Amongst her cargo she brought 120 sacks oats for transhipment to Melbourne. The schooner Jessie Nicol, timber-laden for this port, left Tairua on the 24th inst. The court-martial for the trial of Captain Rice, on a charge of stranding Her Majesty’s ship Sultan in the Cotnino channel on March G, was concluded in Portsmouth Ha'bor, under the presidency of Admiral Sir J. E. Coramerell. After a deliberation of nearly two hours and a-half tho Court was opened, and tho Deputy Judge Advocate read an extract from the Return of Naval Courts-martial for 1883. It showed that on February 17, 1882, Captain Rice was charged with haring negligently or by default stranded Her Majesty’s shin Ii is, under his command, on the Avola shore, < ff Cape Augusta, Island of Sicily, The charge wrs proved, and the prisoner was adjudged to lie reprimanded, and hs was admonidied te be more careful in future. The navigating lieutenant of the Iris was tried at the same time, and was reprimand! d and dismissed his ship.

MOVEMENTS OF THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY’S FLEET. Thursday. May 30. Lyttelton.-Omapee, arrived at 5 am,— Wairarapa, arrived 9 a.m. from Dunedin, Rotorua, arrived 11 a.m.; sailed 1 p.m. for Dunedin via Akaroa. Wellington.—Koranu', arrived early from Nelson. Bussell. Waibora arrived 7 a.m. from Auckland; sailed noon for Sydney, Timaru.—Herald arrived early from Oamaru. —Brunner arrived 4am.; sails midnight. THB EXPEDITION TO THB SOUTH POLE. Late news ia to the effect that a German expedition to the South Pule has been organised. An extract from a Gorman paper shows that so far as painting the dangers in a light that would encourage an enthusiastic explorer to face them, the case has been put pretty stiongly the o her way. Tho extract quotes Sir Wyville Thom<on’s criticinn as follows: “We can only anticipate disasters, multiplied a hundredfold, should tho Pole ever become a goal of rivalry among nations.” And after further comments, Sir W. Thomson goes on to say : “ Even in the height of summer the temperature of the air in Antarctic regions is always below the freezing point of sea water, and bitter, tempestuous winds and fogs and blinding snow storms are all but incessa-t. No Arctic explorer has ever gone beyond the bounds of vegetation ; at least lichens and reaweed have been fonnd wherever northern navigators have penetrated ; bnt in the awful solitudes of the south Sir James Ross fonnd not the faintest trace of veg* table life, either on the land or in the sea. yet he never came within less than 700 miles of the South Pole. The magnetic pole has been approached within 150 miles, and it seems possible that important scientific results might be attained by covering that further distance ; but even this is doubtful.” Shipping Telegrams. Auckland, May 29 —Tho steamer Australia, which left to-night for Wellington, sailed in charge of chief officer Johnson, as Captain Kemp awaits tho result of the channel collision inquiry.—Jerfalcon, barquentine, from Malden Island.—Madeira, barque, fiom Newcastle.— Waihora, for Sydney. Lyttelton, May 29.— Hauroto, from Wellington.—Rio Loge, from Brisbane.—Steela, brigantine, from New York.—7 p.m , Rosamond, for Greymouth.—Janet Nicol, for Bria bano, 10 p.m.—Penguin, for Wellington. Sydney, May 29.—Taupo, from the Bluff Sydney, May 30.— Excelsior, from Dunedin. —Notero, from Lyttelton. Melbourne, May 30.—Pukaki, from Dunedin.—Te Anau, from the Bluff. Lyttelton, May 30.—2 p.m , Ruapehu, from Wellington. Napier, May 30,—8 a.m„ Adelaide, for Sydney.

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SHIPPING, Issue 7920, 30 May 1889

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