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NELSON, September 27

The s.s. Koranui was wrecked off the Beef Barrels this morning. The crew and passengers were brought to Nelson by the Rotorua.

A PASSENGER'S STATEMENT, handed in to the 'Evening Mail,' is as follows:—" We left Nelson at about 11 p.m. I turned in, and about2a.m. heard a terrific crash. I rushed on deck, and heard tho chief mate shout 'We are on the Beef Barrels.' All the passengers and crew were called out. We fired the gunß and sent up several rockets. The ladies were then put in a boat in charge of the chief mate. Th« ladies behaved udmirably. A heavy sea was running at the time. The next boat was filled with men, and was in charge of the Becond mate. The third boat contained tho remainder of the crew, Captain Hill being tho last to leave the ship. The boats rowed astern, and were connected with the steamer by ropes. Wo could hoar tho steamer booming up against the rocks. We then saw her settle in the water, and we cut the painters. We then rowed towards the Pass, This was at 2.30 a.m. We fired another blue light, and kept pulling till 4.30, when we sighted the Rotorua. At about five o'clock we came alougside the Rotorua, and were brought to Nelson." It is reported here that there was L 251.000 worth of gold onboard. The mails were all saved. THE CAPTAIN'S ACCOUNT.

CaptahvHill states:—" We left Nelson at ten last night with thick weather and a drizzling rain. Wo slowed the engines, occasionally stopping them, and t» glimpse of the land was got now and then. The steamer was well off the land, and when we saw the French Pass lighthouse I was on the bridge, and shaped a course at right angles for it. After being on this course lor a short time, and at about 2 a.m., the steamer struck lightly on a rock supposed to be the outer edge of the Beef Barrels. She commenced to make water, and I ordered the boats to be launched and the passengers, crew, and mails to be put into them. There was a fresh S. E. wind and chopping sea. Knowing that the Rotorua would be coming through the Pass, I determined to stand by the Koranui, and with that view the boats were made fast to the wreck under the lee of her stern. After being there over an hour the vessel began to settle dowr. The boats were thon pulled in the diroction of the land."

The Rotorua left for Wellington direct at ten o'clock this morning, taking the crew with her.

The Union S.S. Company received a telegram this morning from their Wellington agent to the effect that the steamer Koranui, Captain Hill, had struck at 2 a.m. on what is known as the Beef Barrels, near the French Pass, and sunk in deep water. All the passengers and crew were saved and taken on by the Rotorua. The Koranui was commanded by Captain Hill. She was a very fine vessel of 408 tons gross and 301 tons net register; built in 1883 by Messrs M'lntyre, of Paisley. Her dimensitu* were: Length, 167 ft; breadth, 25ft; depth, 14ft. Sho had compound surface condensing engines of 75 horse-power nominal, and was constructed especially for the West Coast trade, and has lately been running between Wellington and Greymouth. She was valued at LIO.OOO, and was insured for L 2.000 in the Colonial Office, while the balance i* taken up in London offices by the Union Steam Ship Company. She had 400 tons of coal and coke'on board at the time she sauk, bosides a quantity of general cargo. She had also on board a quantity of gold, shipped at Greymouth, and presumably the returns of several of the mining claims there.

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LOSS OF THE KORANUI., Issue 8023, 27 September 1889

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LOSS OF THE KORANUI. Issue 8023, 27 September 1889

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