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THE TASMANIA INQUIRY.

AUCKLAND, September IS. The Tasmania inquiry was 'resumed this morning.

Ale Tolf, Crown Prosecutor, submitted that the surveys by Captain Neale aud Mr Armstrong showed conclusively that there were no uncharted dangers in the vicinity of the wreck. There waß nothing wrong with the eompasa of the steamer. If she was on a. safe course, how did she strike inside Table Cape ? These questions placed a very grave responsibility on the captain and third officer, who gave as iexsons for the mishap the strong inset to the westward. This theory, however, must be set aside, for the wreckage was carried northwards to Gisborne, while the ebb tide set rouud the Cape southward. They were driven to the con: elusion that the departure from Gisborne, as given, was not taken, or that the course as given was not adhered to. The point for tho Court to decide was : Did the captain set the course as given, and was lhat the course kept? He tubmiltcd that it was clearly proved that the Tasmania struck on the outlying jagged rocks to the north of tho Peninsula aud Cap» Mania. Tlie Court reserved their decision till Tuesday morning. The chief officer (Mr Willcocks) had his certificate returned.

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THE TASMANIA INQUIRY., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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THE TASMANIA INQUIRY. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897

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