THE LATE CAPTAIN HANSBY.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l was very much surprised to read the article (culled from the ' Sydney Star') in your issue of this evening, and question the truth of it. As a personal friend of the deceased, I would point out that the deceased gentleman was for many years in the employ of the Union S.S. Company on this coast, and if he had been at all inclined to become " incapable" during that time we may safely assume his lynx-eyed employers wonld have discovered it. So far from their having anything against the deceased they gave him a,' certificate of character which any man would be proud to possess, and stated that they regretted the rules of the service (owing to the loss of the Hawea) required his relinquishing all employment with them. With this certificate the deceased went to Melbourne, and shortly afterwards entered Howard, Smith, and Sons' employ, first as captain of the fine steamer Fiado, and afterwards of a larger steamer, the Era. Ellis and Co., of Sydney, having started a line of steamers to Dunedin, the deceased was offered the command of the Dnpleiz at an enhanced salary, which was accepted.
So that the deceased had been in the employ of three of the largest shipping companies south of the line, served them with credit and satisfaction to all concerned, was one of the most popular and trusted captains oh this coast; and yet, foraooth, some •' penny-a-liner," after his death, writes that he was " incapable," etc. The concluding part of <hc article I have referred to should convince the most sceptical as to its incorrectness. "The- crew declined to make another trip with Captain Hansby." Why ? Surely it does not follow that it was because of the captain having been "incapable"? They may have had some fault to find with the *■ tucker " or their wages, etc., etc. " The chief cllicer was dismissed without a reason being assigned." Well, so much the better for him and the worse for the owners if it were so. Still we do not read of the captain aho haviDg been dismissed, as he would have been had he been " incapable," etc. Upon the whole the article will not bear a close scrutiny. I put it down as being the act of some vindictive enemy and nothing else.—l am, etc., W. W. Stamper. Dunedin, August 21.
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THE LATE CAPTAIN HANSBY., Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889
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