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SHIPPING, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
High Water. To-MOKitow. Taiaroa Hearts: 5 :J0 A.m , 5.46 p.m. Port OhalmoTB: (J 10 a.m., 0.26 p.m. Lunedin: 0.55 a.m., 7.11 p.m. © vaet _&al.iiersi. ARRIVED.— Septumber l:). Takapuua, s.s., 370 tons, Grant, from the Worth. Passengers : Missei Kosa, Muir, Pitcaithley, Waterbouse, Mesdames Elliott, l?endle, Nugent, Messrs Elliott, Sonness, Benjamin, Muir, Doddp, B-:alc, Master Nugent, and three steerage. M.-.hinapua, f.h., 201 toss, Todd, from the West Coast. Passengers : Misses Davis and Bisset.
The "Waitangi in loading cargo at the Victoria wharf. . , • ~ n Tho Nohon is all clear of cargo in the after hj Id, and taking in ballaet, Tho Takawna arrive;! at the tonjuo wharf at 8.30 a.m. to-day, from Northern ports. Who left Nelson?, at iUO ».:n. on tho 10th inst. ; called it the French Pass and I'icton, and left Wellington at 3.30 pm. on the 11th; called at Lyttelton and Akaroa; entered i.tago Heads as 7.10 a.m. to-day, and reached the wharf as above. She had dirty weather between Nelson and Wellington, with heavy seas, and afterwards floe weather down tho coast. The question as to whether a stranded ves-el abandoned by her crew may bo taken possession of and treated as a derelict is constantly coming to tho front as local cases bring it into prominence. To an inquiry upon the subject it has been stated that under »nglieh law when a vessel has been stranded on the coast of tho United Kindom it is the duty of the wreck roceiver to take possession, if practicable. A stranded ship is not a derelict, even though she bo abandoned by her crew for tho preservation of their lives. (The St. Petertburg Admiralty Court, May 5, 1843.) A vessel sunk in a particular spot known to those concerned is not a derelict.
Tho Mahinapua, from tho West Coast portp, arrived at tlio Rattray street wharf at 5 a.m. to-day. She left Westpr.rt at 9 a.m. on tho 9th inst., and reaohed Lyttelton at 4 a.m. on the 11th; hit again at 11 p m., and arrived at Timaru at 0.15 p.m. on tho 12;h ; left that port at f> p in., and reached headquarters as above. The Mararoa is receiving hor periodical overhaul at the George street pier. An American exchange has tho following : "The ship Robert B. Carson went down in the Ohio River, and all efforts to raise her bad been abandoned, when, strange to say, a few days later she bobbed up again on hor own account like a cork. Sho had thirty head of cattle on her lower deck, and the gases generated in putrefaction furnished the necessary buoyancy to float the steamer again." The report of the Scotti.h Shipmasters A°sociatiou last to hand contains the following significant item of news and piece of advice to shipmasters:—"ln November last, off Yarmouth, Captain Wtb »ter nude a signal very generally employed by shipmasters when their blue lights are exhausted, that i?, he tied some waste round the end of a poker, lighted it, and fliowod it while burning, repeating this every few minutes. The lightships, coastguards, and tug3ftt Yarmouth took this for a distress signal, aad one of the tugs came oft' and offered assistance. T liotugownereuf terwardssummoncd Captain Webster for using a false signal—viz,, flames on tho ship. The Court awarded L2O of expenses besides costs, and the award falls to bo paid by the captain personally, not by the owner. The whole question turned upon whiither the signal rcs.mbled one of the distress Bignais—viz , flames, as from a tar barrel, etc. Now Captain Webster's signal resembled flames as from a tar barrel about as much as it resembled an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, but as Law Courts thought otherwise masters should bo on their guard in this matter. If they cannot burn a blue light, it would be best to flash a lantern with a white light frequently for about a minute, and to repeat this as long as necessary."—' Sydney Morning Herald.' Captain Thomson in his annual report to tho Underwriters' Association says :" A good depth of water is still maiitained at tho Heads, and stands at 27ft Oin at high water In ordinary tides, sufficient for tho largest vessel at present trading to this port. The Victoria channel has shoaled up 2ft since my last report, and at present buowb 19ft at high water."
Shipping Tclejcrams. Wellington, September 12.—(Midnight): Wakatlpu, from Sydney. Passengers: For LytWton—Mrs Watson, Mr and Miss M'Connell, Rev. Mr Gillam. Mr Pratt, and two steerage. For Duncdin-Mr Thereck Liffe, and two steerage. Ltttkltox, September 12.—Takapuna, for Dunedin via Akaroa.—Tarawora, for Northern ports. Stdnet, September 12.—Eotomahana, for Auckland. Melbourne, September 12.—Waihora, from the Bluff.
SHIPPING, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889
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