WELLINGTON, Jdnk '2O,
The Premier yesterday received a telegram liom the Governor of New South Wales .slating that Admiral Fair/ax is of opinion that the boat belonging to 11.M.5. Dart, found near North Cape, has probably been washed away, and that life-belts are generally carried in boata ready for lowering. Vessels arriving at Sydney report very stormy weather, and the Dart could make little way against head winds. The Admiral therefore apprehends no serious calamity.
Further information shows that the Dart's boat was picked up so long ago as the 14th inst. There were no carpenters' tools in her, and the fact that there were provisions on board is not regarded as significant, as it is usual to place food in the boats every night. Were it not that the Dart has not yet arrived at Sydney it would be thought that the boat had merely been washed away; but the length of time which has elapsed since she passed the North Cape (June 8) is considered ominous.
[Special to thk Star.] WELLINGTON, June 26. Further correspondence in reference to the supposed Dart disaster has passed between the Marine Department and the officer in charge of the Customs at Mongonui, but very little light is thrown upon the affair. It appears, however, that the boat and its appointments were not discovered together, as was conveyed by the information received yesterday. On the contrary, they were scattered about the beach of Tom Bowling Bay, while the separated life belt was found right away on the west coast of the island, ten miles south of Cape Maria Van Dieman, and more than thirty miles round the coast from the point where the boat appeared. It is not expected that any further information as to the search of the coast will' be received until Sunday, as the messeugers have a large area to traverse. The Dart oould not have been steaming very rapidly, for though she left Auckland on the sth inst. she did not pass WaDgarei till the 7th, and would be about the North Cape till next day, abont the time that the very stormy weather occurred. The hope is still cherished by the authorities that it will prove that the boat was simply washed overboard.
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THE DART., Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889
THE DART. Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889
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