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High Water. To-mobkow.—Taiaroa Heads: 6 42 a.m., 7 4 p.m. Port Chalmers: 7.22 a.m., 744 p.m. Dunedin : 8.7 a.m., 8.29 p.m. » Port Chahuera. ARRlVED.—October 15. Potomahana, b.s., 865 tons, Carey, irom Melbourne via the Bluff. Passengers: Mesdames Baker, Wardrop and child, Harper and child, Messrs A. E. Kernot, Fletcher, Lewis, Scott, Rhodes, Bayley, Rodgers, Hobday, Saunders, Hatch, Major Burrows ; and thirteen in the sleeragc. SAILED.-October 15. Tekapo, ? s., 1,544 ton?, Anderson, for Sydney via Oamaru. Passengers: For Oamaru —Mr Stephens. For Timaru—Mrs Webb, Misses Webb (2), Messrs Wilaon (2). For Sydney—Mi«s M'Oill; six stowage. Rotorua, s.s., 576 tons, Neville, for Northern ports. Passengers : For LyHelton —Mr M'Kerrow. For Wellington —Mr Kofoed. Major Burrows, Mrs, Mise, aud Master Howard. For Nelson—Mr Bankin. For Auckland—Mrs Cleveland ; four in the steerage. Kakanui, s.s., 59 tons, Best, for Invercargill.

Periodicals by the R.M.S. Ruapchu are coming down by the Manapouri, due here tomorrow.

The Tekapo left the tongue wharf this morning for Sydney via Oamaru and Cook S'rai 1 ;. The Rotoraahana anived at fi.3o a.m. to day, and after easing steam off the Port to tranship mails, she steamed up to liunedin. Amoug her cargo she brings 751 packages of goods for the Fxhibition. Purser Munro reports leaving Melbourne at noon on tho 10th ii:st ; landed the pilot off Williarr.stown at 1 p.m., and cleared Port PhillipHcadsat4.Bop m.; passed the SolanderH at 8 a.m. on the 14th ; and arrived at the Bluff at 0.15 p.m.; leaving there at o p.m. From Melbourne until the 13th experienced strong easterly winds with high cross seas ; thence light airs and smooth sea to arrival. The brigantino Sybil blocked off her hatchc this morning and made preparations for j-ailin for Auckland. Tho barquentine f'cean Ranger is expected to sail for Kaipara to-morrow morning. MOVEMENTS OF THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY'S FLEET. Tuesday. October 15. Oamaru.—Oliau arrived early from Lyttclton ; si-la to-night for Timaru. Ly'.telton. —Manapouii arrived 8 a.m. from Wellington ; fails G p.m. for Port Chalmers. — Brunncr sails midnight for Timaru. Wellington.— Dingadeo sailed \\m afternoon for Westport. Nelson —Penguin arrived 10 a.m. from Wellington : sailed noon fur Picton. Gubt mouth. —Rosamond sailed midnight for Lyttelton.—Wareatea sailed this afternoon for Napier. Wellington.—Southern Cress sails G p.m. for Napier. Auckland.—Wainni arrived 7 p.m. Monday from tfamoa. Australia sails 6 p.m. for Gisborue. THE ALLEGED SHOALING OF VICTORIA CHANNEL. Captain H. Anderson (marine buperintendent of the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company) has forwarded the following letter to tho Chamber of Commerce:

"Re alleged shoaling of the Victoria channel, I can only iay that, after all that has been written on the subject, I am as firm'y convinced as ever that the Victoria channel ia steidily shoaling up I have received my information all along from the harbor-master, a thoroughly reliable man. whose word can alwnys be trusted. According to his reports to me the channel hai shoaled nearly 2ft bince the dredgir.g of it was stopped. In conclusion I would beg to point out that the only way to arrive at the truth in this matter is to get tho soundings at low water at the shoalest part of the channel—say, for the last three years. My statement cannot be falsified by a statement of what ships have come up, or what ships have gone down, whether tides weroßood, or whether tides were poor, for that is nothing to the purpose. What lam responsible for reporting to your Chamber is that the channel is steadily shoaling up, a'd I know that tho evidence of Captain Macfar'ane will bear mo out in this to the letter. I earnestly bog of your Chamber that this matter may not bo allowed to rest, for they should not be counted as friends to Dunedin who would put it off to a more convenient season," INCIDENT AT SEA. The steamer Edina, while sailing from Pi.rtarlington to Melbourne, during a heavy pquall, heard a cry for help. The nii?ht was pitch dark. Captain Forbes at once stopped tho steamer, and cruised aroutid; another crv was heard some timo after, but nothing could bo seen. After cruising round for an hour, a vivid flash of lightning lit up the water, and discovered a small dinsey, with two men in it paddling away with lining board J , which they had evidently torn from the dingey. Wrh considerable difficulty tho men were rescued and taken on board. It was then discovered that they were tho crow of the ketch Hazard, hound from Melbourne to Portarlington. About 6.15, during the height of a squall, the ketch capsized. Fortunately the dingey was hanging astern, and Captain Beise and WillUm Pitcairn, a seaman, managed to scramble into it, but tho rornaining member of the crew, a man known as Jim, who had shipped from Melbourne, was drowned. With great difficulty the dingey waH cut adrift, but without oar*. Captain Beise, too, was injured, ono of his arm 3 being broken. The seas threatened to swamp the dingey every minute, and tho two men tore the lining boards from the boat and used them as paddles. For more than two hours they kept afloat, the dingey gradually settling down. They saw the lights of tho Edina, and shouted, and were eventually rescued aB stated above. Captain Boise was almost unconscious when ho got on board through the pain of his arm and fatigue. THE DIRECT STEAMERS. The R.M.S. Kaikoura left Capo Town on Sunday last for New Zealand ports via Hobart, Shipping Telegrams. Wellington. October 11.— Manapouri, for tho South and Hobart. Sydney, October 14,—Waihora and Jubilee, for Wellington.

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SHIPPING, Issue 8038, 15 October 1889

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