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SHIPPING., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889
To-mobhow.—Taiaroa Heads: 4.58 a.m., 513 p.m. Port Chalmers : P. 38 a.m., 5.53 p.m. Dunedin : 6.23 a.m., 6.38 p.m. Monday, Taiaroa tie»d» : 5.28 a.m ,5 45 p.m. Port Chalmers: 6.8 a.m., 625 p.m. Dunedin: 6.53 a.m„ 7.10 p.m.
Mahinaima, s.s., 205 tons, Todd, for tho West Coaßt. t . , , Beautiful Star, s.s., 116 tons, Richardson, for Oarcaru.
By private cable wo learn that the mission vessel Dayspring, from the New Hebrides, arrived in Sydney fiom the Islands on tho 4th October. The s.s. Rotorua landed 100 ions of cargo at the Rattray street wharf yesterday afternoon, and steamed down to Port Chalmers, when she waß docked for scraping and painting.
The ini|uiry into the wreck of the AVillin M'Laren at Wellington Heads was held ytv-t rday. Captain Salmon deposed tbat it low water when she struck a sunkon rock. At this time Pinnacle Rock was before tho beam. He ju Iged that ftc was from threcto four lengths off the kelp, which extended about a cable's length off the rock He was certain he was not inside the kelp. He found the vessel making water, and brought up in Worser Bay with a view of working the pumps and sendiug for assistance. The steam pump coped with the wat?r until one of the cogwheels came off, then tho water gained. The vessel's cable was (dipped, not by his orders. It might have been accidental. Toe Willie M'Laren then drifted shorewards, and had it not been for the bowsprit catching in the rigging of the steamer Kawatiri. which came to her assistance, there would have b:e» time to beach her. As it was she sank in seven fathoms. Archibald Henderson corroborated the captain's evidence. Captain Robb, the signalman at Beacon Hill Station, said that he paw the Willie M'Laren pass Pinnacle Rock at a distance of about three-quarters of a cable length. Sho was inside the kelp and pacing through it, for be could see kelp on both sides of her, and remarked to his assistant: " Kather a clc.ao shave that. It's a wonder she did not touoh anything there." Ho had never seen a vessel so close in b;fore. To Captain Salmon: "I distinctly saw you go through kelp for about twenty yards." After further evidence the Court found that Captain Salmon committed an error of judgment in keeping too close to Pinnacle Rock, and that he ought to have made another board ; that, when ho found his ship was miking water so fast after he had anchored, and with tho accident to her pump, ho ought to have br ached her at once instead of waiting for a steamer; that the position of the s.s. Kawatiti. so directly to tho leoward of the barque, eeemingly hampered hira in his endeavor to beach tho barque. Under the circumstances, tho Court did not propose to withhold the captain's certificate, but adjudged bim liable for the costs of the inquiry (L 4 4s).
Sydney, October 12. Pendlehill, from Napier. Melbourne, October 12. To Anau, from Bluff. Brisbane, October 12. Wakatipu, from Auckland.
SHIPPING., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889
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