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RECENT WRECKS NEAR AUCKLAND.

Details of the loss of the ketch Zillah state that on the night of the Ist, as the vessel ran across the Bay of Plenty before a gale, those on deck were peering anxiously through the inky darkness for a sign of land, but nothing could bo seen. It was blowing bard and raining heavy, and the vessel’s deck was washed constantly by terrific seas. When the vessel struck on the rocks on .Sunday morning the cabin floor planking came up, and tho sea broke through and washed on deck the three men who were below. It was low water at the time, or tho rocks would have been covered. There was no time to make for the dingey, and even if there had been she would have been instantly swamped by the terrific seas. The mate jumped over tho side, holding on to tho vessel, lie had got his foot on the rooks, when the vessel gave a great lurch as a wave caught her, and the man fell down between her aide and the rooks and was never seen again. The boy Good jumped on to the rocks, and Macdonald followed him. Scarcely had they got on the rocks and shouted to each other, when a great wave broke over the vessel and the rocks and washed them away landward. Macdonald and the boy were carried along to another lodge of rook, and scrambled along till they found a comparatively safe spot. Just when they stumbled up against it Ramsay had reached the spot before them. Nothing was seen of the captain, and they concluded he had been drowned.

The Government steamer Hinemoa, having cleaned buoys at Marsden Point, has left for Moknhi and Cuvier Islands. Captain Fairchild reports that there is nothing to bo seen of tho Mftital. She sank iu thirtynine fathoms of water. Some cargo was washed ashore on Mercury Island, but it was worthless, having been broken up against the rocks.

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RECENT WRECKS NEAR AUCKLAND., Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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RECENT WRECKS NEAR AUCKLAND. Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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