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SINKING OF THE CENTENNIAL

ALL ON BOARD SAVtD. (By Eiidndio TELfiySiFH—Copy right, ) [Per Press Association.] SYDNEY, August 24, (Received August 24, 1889, at 11.30 a.m.) The steamer Centennial (formerly the Albion), of the Ellis line, sunk in collision in tho Sydney harbor. All on board were saved. DETAILS OF THE COLLISION. SYDNEY, August 24. (Received August 24, 1880, at 1 p.m.) The Centennial sailed for Wellington at on# o’clock this morning. The weather was line, and the captain and second officer were on the bridge. Off Bradley Head, halfway down the harbor, tho steam collier Kanahooka, inward bound, struck tbe steamer stem on. There was a terrible commotion among the passengers for a few minutes. When the Kanahooka got clear it was found that water was pouring in through a big hole in the bow of the Centennial. The vessel was headed for the shore. Before reaching shallow water, hqwever, the fires were put out, and the steamer sunk in ten minutes. Immediately the collision took place the boats were lowered, and the passengers taken off. The crew were rescued by passing steamers.

The cook, who was in the forecastle at the time of the collision, crawled through the hole made by the Kanahooka, and jumped into the sea. The Kanahooka’s propeller struck him on the leg, inflicting a frightful gash and breaking the limb. The poor fellow was rescued and taken to the hospital. Tbe passengers and crew lost everything except what they stood in. The officers of the Centennial behaved splendidly. Tbe vessel went down bow first, and only the mastheads are now to be seen above water.

The following is a list of passengers Mesdames Sievwright, Montgomery, Kierre, Misses Sievwright (2), Johnston (2), Messrs Tobin, Lewis, Thomas, Arthur, Michael, Carr, Houston, Thompson, Montgomery (2), Kierre, Johnston, Humphries, Gillespie, Walsh, and Fitzpatrick, The captain of the Kanahooka asserts that he was steering his right course, and the cause of tho accident cannot at present be stated. The collier’s bow was wrecked, and but for her water-tight compartments she would have foundered. There is a hole Oft across in her bow.

When purchased by Mr Ellis the Centennial was made a new structure, the framework of the old vessel being used, so that she was practically a new vessel. Her dimensions were 218 ft Sin in length, 27ft2in beam, and 15ft 4in depth of hold ; and had fitted to her a new set of triple expansion engines and boilers, imported from the wellknown firm of Messrs Muir and Houston, of Glasgow, These engines have cylinders 14in, 23in, and SGiu diameter, by 30in stroke, with a boiler 12ft Gin diameter by 10ft long, having three fires and a working pressure of 1601b per square inch. On the trial these engines worked most smoothly, and were the admiration of all the engineering talent on board. A ladies’ cabin, smoking room, etc,, had been fitted up, and she was pronounced to be an excellently equipped vessel. She had accommodation for fifty first-class and 150 second. The work of reconstructing the vessel and putting in the machinery was carried out by the Mort’a Dock and Engineering Company, Sydney.

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SINKING OF THE CENTENNIAL, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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SINKING OF THE CENTENNIAL Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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