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SPRINGS A LEAK, AND KKTUftNS TO WBLLINGTON. Nowb was received in Dunedin yesterday morning of the receipt by wireless of* ti message statin"; tluifc tho steamer Ruahine, which left Wellington for London'at noon tho previous day, had sprung a leak in No. 3 hold. Tlw ve,ssel win stated to be 190 miles south-east of Palliser, and required immediate assistance to enable her (o return to Wellington. Tho ferry steamer Wahine, on arrival from Lyttelton, was at once despatched to the direct •liner'* assistance. A P. A. wire from Wellington this morning said : The Ruahine and the Wahinc arrived in harbor shortly 'before 2 o'clock. The Ruahine had a heavy list to port, and had her boats on the port side swung out ready for emergency. On the way buck the Ruahiiie maintained a speed of 13 knots. Among the Ruahine's passengers for London were Sir Douglas and Lady Mawsou. [Fhom Our Own Reporter.] WELLINGTON, October 26. The Wahinc met the Iluahine at 3.45 p.m., having done the distance in a little over hours. On ranging alongside, Captain Forbes informed Cap-, tain"Edwin that the disabled vessel was able to carry her own passengers so longas the sea remained calm. The Terawhiti was ready to render assistance, but at fi o'clock intimation was received by wireless.'that her services wore unnecessary, as tho Ruahine's own pumps were keeping down the leak. At 12.30 a.m. the shipswere sighted from the Heads, and at 2.15 the Wahine was berthed. Tho weather was calm yesterday afternoon, but a strong northerly blew later, and the Ruahine, having a list to port, her lifeboats were got out- in readiness. At 2.30 a.m. the liner was berthed at the King's wharf, and immediately commenced to discharge her cat-go. consisting of 6,000 crates of cheese, and 130 tons of coat will also be j put out. The officers maintain the strictest reserve. The theory igenerally accepted, and supported by the "ship's engineers, is that the refrigerating door. 2ft by bad been left unlocked before the vessel's departure, and this, being below the waterline when loading was completed, sprang open when the ship got fairly under way. One steerage passenger starts the theory that the Ruahine grounded before leaving Wellington, and did a considerable, amount of churning before leaving the wharf. which may"" account for the. straining of; the plates' j When the Ruahine reached harbor she had a port list of 15 degrees. Mr Bui- j lock, the local manager, thinks that the j vessel will not be detained for more than a few days. so the damage would seem j to be trivial. : " We've got very little to tell about the Ruahine!" said "Captain Edwin, of the j "YViihine, on int-erviovreil. -' We lei't i the wharf at- 9.58 a.m. on Sunday, stopped ] at the Heads to speak to the patroUboat. and continued on our way. The Wahine soon increased her speed to 20 knots, and wo picked up the amoko of the Ruahine at 3.45 p.m. When we reached the liner she was steaming 15 knots, and we went up alongside the '"Ruahine's quarter within speaking distance, and they told us they were till right. Just before dusk we again went up close. They repeated that ■ thev were -all right. We followed the Ruahine to Cape Palliser. and then went ahead till arrival." Mr Prophet, chief engineer of the Wahine. said:* "We -started off about 18 knots from the Heads, and although we were using only .six boilers out of eight, wc soon increased our speed to 20 knots. The firemen and trimmers worked liked Trojans, and made the vessel hum along. We maintained 20 knots till we came up to the Ruahine at 4.15 p.m., Wellington time. This is one of the best performances accomplished by the Wahine." j Mr Galbraith, Dunedin manager of the i New Zealand Shipping Company, has been advised that the damage is confined to the cheese. The passengers will remain on board, and it is hoped to again de- j snatch the .Ruahine- on her Homeward j trip before the end of the week. ] [Pkh United Press Association.] j WELLINGTON, October 26. | As soon as tho Ruahine was berthed j early this morning unloading operations - commenced and have been proceeding ever j Eince. So far only tho cheese, in No. 3 j hold has been put ashore, many hundred j crates being in a moist condition. The | 'tween- decks is now quite- free of water. ■ but water is being pumped out of the , lower holds by a hand pump iu a steady j volume. | The unshipping of the has not: vet been started, but as this is frozen, it j is hoped that, even if salt water has j reached it. no serious damage will have j resulted. j Until more cargo h.ts been put out it i is impossible for the surveyors who are ; aboard to ascertain definitely the cause of j tb.e unexpected leakage. Tito accepted i theory is that one of the ports used for j shooting frozen meat into the holds was j not properly closed ; and the sensational rumors, which had brisk circulation yes- | torday, appear C bo without foundation. | So far the damage appears to bo chiefly I confined to No, 3 h»ld 'tween decks, but j the water is also in No.'s 1 and 2 holds, i Inquiries made this morning show that- i there was no semblance of a panic yes- j terday morning when the passengers were I informed that the vessel was leaking, j Word went round just at breakfast time - when tho Runhine was 47 miles east of I Cape Palliser. The boats were swung out i on' tho derricks, and tho passengers and j crew wore told off to the boats to which j thev were allotted. ; The most sensational pan of the cur- | tailed voyage was when the Ruahine, swung j round and headed back for port and it was noticed that she had a- serious list to starboard, which increased perceptibly as she i answered her helm. This caused a great deal of anxiety. The hatches were opened, and some of the cargo shifted from No. o hold to the after part of the | ship, and water ballast and tanks were \ emptied. The result was that gradually ] sho righted herself ami then took a list ! to port. This list is very pronounced as | she lies alongside the wharf deep in the j water. I

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THE RUAHINE, Evening Star, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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THE RUAHINE Evening Star, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914