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The American Consul (Mr W. G. Neill) held a preliminary consular inquiry into the wreck of the American ship Commodore and the circumstances of those of the crew who wore brought on to Dunedin by the barque Nor’-Wester on Friday last. The contingent brought on to Dunedin comprises Captain James Davidson and wife, the mate, and twelve of the crew. The facts elicited regarding the occurrence are as follow : The Commodore was bound from Honolulu to New York with a cargo of sugar. At noon on the 3rd of September the captain took his bearing?, and made himself out to be in latitude 2deg 19min S., longitude loldeg 47min W., or thirty miles from Malden Island, which he expected to sight. He gave instructions tor the ship to be put about at twelve o’clock, considering that by that time he would be in the vicinity of the island. At twenty minutes to twelve, however, the vessel struck. The captain attributes the position of the vessel to strong and southerly currents taking him further on his course than he expected. All of those on board got safely ashore, but lost all their possessions save what scant clothing they had on at the time of the mishap. The second officer and seven of the crew proceeded to Melbourne by a schooner leaving for that port from Malden Island, the remainder prefen iug to await a passage for New Zealand, being of opinion that they would thus be enabled to reach America more quickly. Mr Neill has provided for the temporary wants o! the unfortunate seamen, who will be provided for here until passages are procured for them to America or until they find berths on other vessels. For the information of our readers we may state that Malden is an island in the South Pacific a long way from any other island, uninhabited save by a few people in the guano season. It is in the same latitude as New Guinea and in the same longitude as the Society and Sandwich Islands.

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THE WRECK OF THE COMMODORE., Issue 10465, 8 November 1897

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THE WRECK OF THE COMMODORE. Issue 10465, 8 November 1897

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