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The following is the official report of the evidence taken yesterday by the American Consul (Mr W. G. Neill) at the consular inquiry into the .wreck of the American ship Commodore:—"'The ship's log showß that the Commodore, -which was a vessel of 1,828 tons register, sailed from Honolulu for New York, under the command of Captain James Davidson, on Friday, the 20;h-August. She was then thoroughly tight, staunch, and strong ; her cargo was well and sufficiently stowed, and her hatches were well covered ; she was sufficiently manned and victualled, and everything had been furnished that was needful for a vessel in the merchant service and more particularly for the voyage she was about to undertake. The Commodore steered the usual course with, the trade winds, and cothing unusual happened until she struck Maiden Island on the 3rd S ptember. Observations wera taken at noon on that day showing the ship to be in latitude 2Jeg 19min S. and in longitude 154deg 47min W. There was then a moderate breeze with clear weather. At 11.20 p.m. the captain went to his cabin, leaving orders to have everything ready to about ship at midnight. At 11.50 p.m. the look-out reported land, and when the mate went on the forecastle lie saw something unusual ahead, and ordered the helm hard up. In returning aft to get the ship off he saw something like a hill or clump of trees on the lee beam and close at hand, and he gave orders to put the helm down with a view to try and get the boat back. Two or three minutes later the ship struck very gently, and everything . was braced aback and * Down headsails and staysails' was ordered, but there was no move astern, and the Commodore gradually swung broadside on to the reef and commenced thumping. The carpenter sounded the well and found little water at the pump. As the ship was gradually heeling off shore the boats were, about 1 a.m., lowered into the water, dropped astern, and provisioned. At daylight the ship was fifll of water and heeled almost post-rail under water. Immediately on the vessel striking the mate had sounded round the ship, and found right under the stern twenty-five fathoms, at the main channel thirteen fathoms, and at the cathead fovr fathoms. At daybreak the captain and crew found themselves on the northeast point of Maiden Island, and were surprised at the discovery, seeiog that they had had such good observations at'noon on the preceding day, when, according to the chart, they had 108 miles to run to the island, and by the patent log they had only run seventy-six miles up to the time of the vessel striking. The only way that the oliicers Oiin account for tho extra thirty odd milc3 which the ship had covered is to attribute them to what they describe as the excessive current that was running with her."

The notes of the evidence will be for warded by the Consul to America.

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THE WRECK OF THE COMMODORE., Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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THE WRECK OF THE COMMODORE. Issue 10466, 9 November 1897

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