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SURVEY OF FOREIGN SHIPS IN COLONIAL PORTS. This much-vexed question has again come up. This time it is in Victoria, where a new Merchant Shipping Act has come into force. A s the question is one frequently mentioned in shipping circles here, the following particulars (from tho report of tho business at the Melbourne Marine Board meeting) will be read with interest: —“Messrs Oestermeyer, Dewez, and Co., agents for the Norddeutscher Lloyd Company, wrote asking whether, under the existing law, the vessels of that company which traded between Hamburg, Melbourne, and Sydney were to be regarded as ‘ foreign vessels engaged in the Home trade,’ In which case they would bo liable to bo surveyed here for the issue of passenger certificates. The secretary said the letter had been referred to the Board's legal advisei (Mr Wollaston), who was of opinion that, although the vessels of the Norddeutscher Lloyd were partially engaged in the intercolonial trade, they could not be regarded as ‘ foreign vessels engaged in the Homo trade ’ within the meaning of tho Act, and that they were exempt from survey for passenger certificates. The president pointed out that even if these German vessels were not liable to the restrictions imposed on vessels engaged in the Home trade, they could still be dealt with under the Imperial Passengers Act by the Immigration Department. Mr M. R. Reid said the question was one of considerable importance, It seemed very unfair that local steamship owners should be placed under restrictions which did not apply to such vessels as those of the Norddeutscher Lloyd, though these vessels undoubtedly competed with them in the intercolonial trade. He moved that the correspondence shou'd be referred to the Attorney-General for an opinion as to the powers of the Board in regard to foreign-going ships which engage also in the intercolonial trade. Captain Smith seconded the motion, which was agreed to. A communication was received from the German Ambassador in London on the same question, asking for information as to the exact requirements of the Act in regard to German vessels.”



The steam collier Duckenfield was totally wrecked on Friday night, the 24th ult, while on the voyage from Newcastle to Sydney, with a full cargo of coal and fifty tons copper. The weather was dull, thick, ami Lazy, with a nasty Winding rain at interval", and the vessel, which somehow got out of her couwc, ran on the Long Reef, a few miles to the north of Sydney Hoads. Boats were quickly cleared, and all those on board, with the exception of the donkeyman, James Struthers, managed to leave the vessel and remain in the boats till picked up by the steamer Hawkeshury, The Duckenfiehl at the time of the disaster was in charge of Captain Hunter, who is well known trading out of Sydney as an experienced navigator and careful skipper. Captain Hunter says that the Duckenfield left Newcastle at 11 a.m. on Friday for Sydney with a cargo of coal and copper. All went well until the Long Reef was reached. A nasty, chopping, and at the same time heavy sea was running, with thick dirty weather, so much so that it was impossible to see the distance of the ship’s length. The wind was about S.B.W. at the time of the accident. Broken Bay light was seen, but was lost sight of when bearing west by south. Bavronjoey was passed about four miles off. About seven o’clock the Duckenfield ran upon tho Long Reef, and became fast. He immediately gave orders to clear the boats, and in a very short space of time they were lowered, and all hands left the vessel. The donkeyman, however, in attempting to gain access to the boats, unfortunately was unable to do so, and was drowned. After remaining in the boats some hours, the survivors were picked up by the s.s. Hawkesbury, a regular trader to Broken Bay, and conveyed to Sydney early the following morning. M hen the captain and crew wore picked tip the Duckenfield was apparently settling down, and was very soon 1< st sight of. Upon the arrival of the Hawkeshuiy in Sydney, the pilot steamer Captain Cook immediately proceeded to the scene of the disaster, but not a vestige of the Duckenfield was to lie seen, ami it is surmised that she was just on tho edge of tiic reef, and that she rolled over and sank in deep water. 7he vessel, which belongs to Messrs J. and A. Brown, of Newcastle, was uninsured, and was valued at LIO.OOO. She was 331 tons gross tonnage and ‘A r >l tons net tonnage. She was built of iron in 1875, at London, by Messrs J. and W. Dudgeon. Her engines were on the compound principle, and gave her motive power of sixty horses. She had four bulkheads, and was in every way a good and serviceable vessel, and well adapted for the trade in which she had for tho last thirteen years been employed. She was IGlft long, 24ft beam, and 12ft in depth of hold, and was registered in Newcastle, New South Wales.

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SHIPPING., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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SHIPPING. Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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