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-*" * HIGH WATER. 'i,'." ' TO-MORROW. :- Taiaroa Head : 4.21 a.m., 4.38 p.m. I'Port Chalmers: 4.58 a.m., 5.20 p.m. >& ■ . ■—■ '"' " THE SUN. •: Sets to-dav, 7.52 p.m.; rises to-morrow, 118 a.m. THE MOON. - Riisea to-morrow, 5.56 a.m.; sets tojnocrow, 10.8 p.m. —Phases During December. — December 24 First quarter 7.55 p.m. WEATHER REPORTS. -T The Government Meteorologist (Rev. D. C. Bates) supplied the following weather reports at 9 a.m. to-day : 7 Uar. Ther. Weath. -Auckland — ,- n ■ . W.S.W., fh ... 29.93 6a O Napier-N.W., br ... 29.63 66 B Wanganui—W., fb ... 29 : '4 64 /, Wellington-N.W., fb 29.64 o9 BC Westportr-S.W.. br 29.70 o3 01. ss&rf?" "."■ £« £ lc Ohristchurch— ~ T , S.W.. £b - 29.63 64 1 Timaru-W., fb ... 29.66 60 BO Oaraaru—S.W., fb ... 29. oO oJ t>»; Dnnodin-S.W., mg 29.W o3 *£ Queenstowu-S.W., fb 29.64 u4 L L Nuggeta-S.AV.. mg 29.46 4* Bluf-W.S.W,, in*. 29.61 48 BPQ Naseby—N.W.. sir ... 2*.60 00 JJ.u Port Chalmers— „ r S.W.. fb ... 29.40 f BC Clyde str ™ ! Balclutha-S.W. g ... -- « " Pembroke-N., 1 ... 28.60 52 B Xtoxburgh-N.. str ... 29.,>l g BC Invercargill-W.. m g 29.50 54 O Puysegur Point—S., I 29.60 oU . Wind.-L., light; br, breeze; f b fresn breeze; m g. moderate gale; gwho e or heavy gale; w, »;ale oi excep.ional Se Weather.-B, blue sky, l.e the atmosphere clear or heavy ; C, clouds, passing •clouds; D, drizzling rain; 1, ».°{?& v / £. aloomy. dark weather: 11. had; L, li«ntling; M. mistv; O, overcast, the whole ekv covered with thick clouds; P. passing showers; Q. squally; R. ram, continued rain; S, snow; T. thunder: L, ugly, threatening appearance- Z. hazy.


The Government Meteorologist (Rev. D. C. Bates) sur-F'i™' the fo llow,n ,B .it noon to-day :~Wiml strong to ga e from south; weather probaWy squallj, with heavy showers; ,-ld nmht; barometer Tising; --ea heavy off shore: tide* good. The Westralia sailed to-day for Auckland and East Coast p<.rt.'. The Palnona is due- here on Sunda> from Auckland and East Coast ports. She sails on Monday on the return trip to Auckland via E;u-t Coast ports. The Moeraki leaves Sydney to-day for Wellington. The ""Flora leaves Westport to-day for Timaru, Dunalin, and Bluff. The Poherua loads at Westport tomorrow for Dunedin. , Under charter to th» F. and S. Company, the El Cordobcs has left Durban, and" is duo here about January 20 alter visiting northern ports. The Kia Ora went down to the Port this morning to load prodtne. Mie will probably leave for the North to-morrow evening. j* . Tin. Kotare arrived "ffist night from Oamaru. A magisterial inquiry into the circumstances connected with liie recent stranding of the steamer Keuiouni on the East Coast will be held at Napier on Monday. Captain Lake, of Napier, and Captain Lambert, of Wellington, will act as assessors. , As the A. and A. Lines tbartered steamer Westward Ho is 41 days out from New York to Auckland via Panama Canal she should show 110 at any time now. Alter discharging 700 tons of cargo the Westward Ho comes on to Wellington before proceeding to Australian ports. According to 'the ' Sydney Shipping List,* the steamer ScharzMs, now known as C 5. one of the vessels interned in Australia on the outbreak of the war. will commence l-iading on behalf of the F. and S. Line.

Except the training ships Medway. Mersey, or" Furt Jackson, no sailing vessels have taJ-:en the wool berth in Australia .for years past; consequently more than asual interest is centred in the prospects ahead of tin.' ship Muiint Stewart, which Messrs Gilchrist. 'Wan, and Sanderson, Ltd., have decided tn k.,'.d in Sydney. The vessel is at present on her way around from Adelaide to .Sydney, and before commencing to receive cargo will no doubt dock for cleaning and painting. The Hansa Steamship Company, of Hamburg, the third largest German ship?iiig company, with extensive services to jidia, the Far L\ ami Australia, reports that un to O. tuber 7 175,000 tons of its shipping, valued at £1.500,000, had been captured bv eaernv cruisers.. As tha Hansa's total tonnage is 440.554, 40 ppr cent, of its fleet his gone. On October 30 the New Zealand Shipping Comnany's Somerset left Loudon for New Zealand with tic- following saloon passengers:—Mrs M. M. Allan, Rev. Father Bridge. Mr P. Drown, Mr G. M. Clark, Mrs "Clark. Mr J. E. Close, Mr H. F. H. Cunlin'e. Master P. Curran, Mr G. Graystone, Mr A. Keats, Mr A. J. Maedonald, Mrs L. £. Macdonakl, i Miss M. A. Maedonald. Miss F. J. ! Macdonakl, Master J*. A. Macdonald, Miss A. C. Macdonald, .Mr S. Mannering, Miss R. Maude, Miss W. Mitchell, Mr H. 0. Myring. .Mr G. Titehener, Mr; Edgar Warwk-k. Mrs Warwick; and 193] third class passengers. The Northern Company's new auxiliary scow Te Toko has been completed and ■will undergo trials next week. The vessel is one of two mows that have been built for the shallow bar services in the Bav of Plenty. To this end >he has been fitted with two semi-Diesel engines, each of 60 h'irse-power, adapted t > burn crude oil. Her large holds have a tarrying capacity of 150 tons, -with n *ha''U>w draught, and she is fitted with >.pe,-ial lifting "arrangements for weight.-, np to 10 tons. The vessel is 80t't 6iu between perpendiculars, 22ft 6m in beam, and 6t't 3in deep in tho holds:. She will be >-iigag<d in the trade to Whakatane and Opmiki. The Westralia. which arrive<l yesterday from Auckland via Fast Coast, ports, brought the following passengers :—Mcsdames Gilmour. Slign, Gillow. Burgess, M'Donald, Watson. Calami, Cav, Sangster and chief. Walker. Moller". Misses Stearor, Mucdonahl. Edge. Wright, Campbell. Ontram, \.>rt!vrott. Rutherford, Anderson. Messr« Gillow, Park, Bai"ent, Reid. Moller. Or Gj., laud; and 20 steerage. THE FERRY SERVICE. The Maori, from Wellington, arrived at Lyttelton at G.oo this ntornitig, and eonnetted with the first express for the south. SAFETY AT SEA. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. WASHINGTON. December 17. The U.S. Seriate has ratified tho Safety-at-sea Convention, with a proviso retaining a right tn enact higher standards for foreign and American vessels than the treaty described. OVERSEA STEAMERS. WELLINGTON,"December 17.—0.35 a.m., Tnrakina, for London.—3.3o p.m., Messina, for London. SHIPPING TELEGRAMS. LYTTELTON, December 17.—2 p.m., tjlimaroa, from Wellington.—Ulimaroa, for Wellington.—Lauderdale, for Westport. . NEWCASTLE, December 17.—Ennerdale, for Wellington. AUCKLAND, December 17.— 3.30 p.m., Monowai, from southern East Ooast ports. —2.10 p.m., Indrapura, for Napier and Wellington.—Aim, from Sydney.—December 18 : 8.30 a.m., Daniel, barque, from

SYDNEY, December 17.—Lindatol, from New Zealand.— p.m.. Riverina, for Auckland.—December 18 : John Craig, from Kaipara. (For continuation sea Late Bhippinf.)

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SHIPPING., Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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