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High Water.

To-MOBHOW. Taiaroa Heads: 8.10 am.. 8.47 pm. Port Chalmers : 8 5(3 a.m., 927 p.m. Dunedin : 9.41 a.m.. 10.12 pm. Port Chalmers. ARRIVED -Junk fi. Beautiful Star, s.s., 14G tons, Brewer, from Oamaru. Passengers: Seven saloon, eight steerage. Tarawera, s.s., 1.2G9 tons, Sinclair, from Melbourne via Hobarfc and the Bluff. Passengers : Mis Praooek, Miss r sEsther, Richard*, Butt?, Mr Grear ; and fifteen in the steerage, SAILED.--June G Awarua, schooner, 4"> tons, Lewie, for the Macquario Islands. Thurto, batque, 490 tons, fcoullar, for Lyttelton. Manapouri. s.s. 1,020 tons, Logan, for Melbourne via the Bluff. Pafsengars for Melbourne : Mrs Thomson, Misses Pennington, Woodburn, Messrs Goodman, Patterson, Kaynes, Flicker, and Muir. Tarawrra, s.s., 1,028 tons, Sinclair, for Sydney via tho East Coast. Passengers: For Lyttelton —Mr and Mrs Fountain, Miss Donivan, Master Neil', Mr Davies. For Wellington— Mes>dames Glasgow, Fraser, Taylor and child, Mis es Glasgow, Henry, Lusk, Levy, Edie, and Pettit, Captain Fraser. For Napier —Mr Mein. Tho barque Olive is expected to leave Dunedin about Saturday f .r Lyttelton. The Beautiful Star landed cargo at tho Rattray street wharf to-day. The barque Mabel has about 3,000 cases of korofl.'ne to put out. She has commenced ballasting.

The Mahinapua discharged cargo at the Rattray Htreet wharf to-day. The barquo Thurso wan towed to sea this forenoon hy the Plucky, and sailed with original cargo for Lyttelton. The schooner Awarua, which put in on Monday, sailed egaln early this morning for the Macrunrie Islands.

Tfce Manapouri left the Rowen pier this afternoen for Melbourne via tho Bluff.

The Tarawera, from Melbourne via Hobart and the Blnff, arrived at Port Chalmers at 8 a m. to-day, and steamed along ide the George street pier, where she at once commenced to discharge and take in cargo. She left Melbourne at noon on the 29th ult., passed Swan Island at 4.34 p.m. on the 30 hj, and arrived at Hobart at 10 a.m on tho 81st; left sums day at G 15p.m. ; experienced strong easterly winds across, and anchored off the Bluff at 8 15 p m. on the 4th inst., and arrived alongside the Blnff wharf at 8 a.m. on the sth, leaving again at 4 -p.rr.. same day. V7e tbaftU Mr Humphries (purser) for report and exchanges. The Tarawera sailed again this afternoon for Sydney via Ea«t Coast ports. Yesterday we were shown an imstrument, designed by Captain James Arnott, of Port Chalmers, for the use of navigators, by which they can accurately determine the position of their vessels at sea in fopgy wenther when the coast line cannot be seen. It consists of a metal circle, on which the degrees are marked. From the centre two r ds traverse the circle, and above them is fixed a pair of parallel compasses, by m*ans of which, if any point of high land can be seen, the actual position of the vessel can be determined. The instrument hj very simplo in its design, and will no doubt meet with the approval of the profession. BRITISH SHIPPING AKD THE SUEZ CANAL. Tho preponderating position occupied by Biitish shipping in the traffic of the Suez Canal is shown in tho following statistics for 1888 :


The official inquiry into the wreck of the steamer Maitai was held at Auckland yesterday, before Dr Giles, R M.. and Captain Fraier. nautical ansesssr. Mr H. Williamson appeared for the Collector of Customs, but Captain Dawson waR not represented bv counsel. Cantain Dawson deposed that tho value of the Maitai was L 10.000.. Tho steamer left Orotl Point at 5.30 p m. on Saturday bound direct for Auckland. Witness left tho deck between eight and nine o'clock, and the second officer (nhnrleß Ancell) then took charge. During the night the wind and sea grew heavier, and as morning came on rain sqnalls set in. He assumed cbaree at four o'clock in the morning. The wind was then N.E by E. When ho saw Mercury Island ho ported the helm, bringing the ship from a W.N.W. +o a N.E. course, and lessened the speed to half. Richards Rock was then a little to tho N.W. He brought the ship right round with her stern nearly on to the island, which was then two points on the port quarter. The course he then took was nearly at right angles to tho one which he had been steering, but he did not think he had gone too far on the first course. He followed the N.E. course till six o'clock, when he cbamred to N.W. with the island abeam. He reckoned that the island was then about four miles off. The steamer was put full speed when she started on a N.W. course; she had gone half speed whilst in a north-easterly direction as thero was a head sea. Ho kept the island abeam until the steamer's head was B.W. by N. As soon as Rhe was W. by N. she struck a rock. Richards Rock, as marked on the chart, was a long way further in than where the Maitai struck He did not see how he could get there with the courso he was steering. Richards Rook was from one to three miles further north. He knew he was a good four mileH away from the island. He believed Richards Rock was from three to four miles from where the Maitai struok according to tho chart. Even if the ship was right on to the land, she should have got clear of Richards Rook keening the eourse on whioh she was then going. He did -not think he kept too near the island. In his opinion the rock on which the Maitai struck was not marked on the chart. He had been toll by old traders that there were any number of rocks in the Bay of Plenty that were not marked on the chart.

W. Miller, chief officer of the Maitai, said he did not think Riohardß Rock was oorreotly marked on the chart. Several others had expressed this opinion to him. He had Feen a break in the water about half a mile further out than where Richards Rock would be if the chart was correct, and be was of opinio 1 © that

Richards Bock was at the spot where the break was.

Gifford gave the following fuller particulars of the death of the purser:—After the surf boat was launched witness wag speaking to the purser, who did not seem much put about. Witness told him to jump into the water, when he replied "Pull in the boat, pull in the boat." Witness said "We can't pull in the boat; jump and they will pick you up." The captain came from aft ju«t then with an old lady passenger and wanted her to jump from the steamer. Ho also asked witness to jump, spying that ho (the master} wanted to be the last to leave the ship. Ho Clifford) took the painter of the boat and paid "You jump with the lady, T'm rdl right.'' The old lady then jumped, and th- captain jumped or slipped down. He fell into the water and caught the lady. With one hand ho grasped her, and with tho other ho grasped the fall. The cant tin an*l tho lady wore taken into the boat. Witness tpoko to tho purser, but the mate was shouting to them t~> jump, and the seas wore dashing over tho bridge, and witness decided to jump, as he could wait no longer for the purser to go befoie he left the steamer. However, he gavo the purfer the end of the painter, and he could have jumped after witness if he had chosen, and would have been rescued and taken into the boat.

Mr Williamson said that, as witnesses had impugned the correctness of tho chart, ho was placed in a difficult position, liither the chart was wrong or the captain had made a serious mistake. After consultation, Mr Williamson decided that he would not offer any evidence as to whether the chart was correct or not Pr Giles then said the Court would give a decision on Saturday. Owing to the Maitai having sunk in deep water, it is improbable that the Union Company will make any attempt to raise her. MOVEMENTS OF THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY'S FLEET. Thursday June G. Lyttei.ton. Takapuna arrived 7 a.m.; sailed 1 p.m.—Wareateasailed 11 a m, AUOKMND —Marvea ariivod 9 a.m. from f'y.lney MANUKiI'.-Wanaka arrived (5 a m. from TuranaH. BrssEi.L Wainui arrived 8 a.m. from Auckland ; sailed 1 p.m. for Tonga, Samoa, etc. Nfavoastlk.—Tckapo sailed afternoon for Oam mi. Sklmilntr Telegrams. /.rcKLAND, Juno G -Mararoa, from Sydney. Pssengers fr Dunedin: Messrs Ferguson, Hartley, and R'-ynolds. Auckland, June G.--9 a.m., Mararoa, from Pydnr-y. PriT, June (!.—0.30 am., Ruapehu, from Lvt.fc.lton Lyttki.ton, June C—Hermione, for Sydney. —l.lO p.m., Takapuna, for Port Chalmers. Sydney, Juno s.—Lady Mabel and Annis Row, f. r Auckland. NRWOAaTL?, June s.—Aratapu, f.;r Auckland.

Melbourne, Juno 5Te Anau, for the Duff. - Magellan Cloul, from thcTha-res. Hobart, Juno s.—Natal Queen, from Lyttelton.

1880 1887. 1888. Total vessels 3,100 8,137 3,440 British vessels .. 2,260 2,330 2,6'6 Total tonnairo 5,707,056 5.903,024 6,640,854 British tonnage .. 4,436,404 4.507,644 0,223,255 Re vonue (in finnc?) 66,527,391 57,862 371 04,832,273

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SHIPPING, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889

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