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■ IQH WATER. "to-ssokrow. « ,ad 8.27 a.m.,'* 8.20 p.m. t : 9.4 a.m., 8.57 p.m. Diran., 9.27 p.m. :ad: 9.15 a.m., 9.39 P-m. ■s: 9.52 a.m.. 10.16 p.m. I*-’;.Sots to-day, 7.54 p.m. i vises to-morrow, / c , to-morrow, 7-M p.m.; nsoa jf 1 the MOON. to-day, 11.57 p.m. j vises to-morrow, 0 , £%lvSeW to-morrow, midnight; rises aatur- '■ • . . —Phases Dnting December.— Kber 24 First quarter 7.55 p.m. WEATHER REPORTS. Government Meteorologist (Rev. -IV. C. Bates) supplied the following mmU « 8 “■ E„“£.\v.att

£,?; ”^“S. sal oV -0. *° Weather. —B. blue sky, bo the atmosivpbore clear or heavy; C. c^ ud f’„P“ 31 q 8 Reloads; D, drizzling ram : r 'j-F-'clbomy, dark weather; H, hail; L, light VTnhae; M, misty; O, overcast, the whole covered with thick clouds; P, passing ah lowers; Q, squally; R. ram, continued ferailtr'S, snow; T, thunder; U, ngly, gtjitfifeatening appearance; Z, hazy. i * Forecast. Government Meteorologist (Rev. kld. C. Bates) supplied the following r?nt noon to-day Strung westerly winds; >-;snttallv and changeable, with nun; glass >7 fall; 'tides good: sea rough, swell oil

, ARRIVED. December 23. Jf- Lord Erne, s.s. (5.15 p.m.), 4.239 tons, Cnwan, from blew York via Panama and . Lyttelton. December 24. ■?y" ■ Wimmera, s.s. (5 a.m.), 3.022 tons, Eut'wiatle, from Lyttelton. sfA- SAILED. —December 23. | v Flora, a.a. (2.30 p.m.), 1,283 tons, Baron, northern, ports. Wimmera sails at 5 o clock this <L.evening for Blnif, Hobart, and Melbourne. pfer.Tho Poberna is due here to-morrow ll'jrom Westport. ■PV'-Tho Warrimoo leaves Melbourne to-day $ and: Hobart on Saturday for tho Blaht The Kaituna left Kaipara yesterday tor ai Sydney. . , , '•"'■ The Victoria is due-from Auckland via - east coast ports on -Sunday, and sails on Tuesday on the return trip to Auckland and 'ports. u’.. The Kowhai is due here about Tuesday s Jtom Greymouth via Timaru and Oaxnaru. The Moeraki leaves Wellington today -••■' for Sydney. . „ , . , . The Manuka leaves Sydney to-day tor £ . Wellington. f-'-. The Cargo steamer Lord Erne, which to Lyttelton from New York via the £r-Panama Canal, arrived hero last night : r. with 350 tons of cargo for this pert. She rL was discharging to-day, and is expected k-to- leave to-night for Melbourne direct. • The Whakatane, which arrived at Auck“land on December 20, is due at Dunedin fi fiott January 6. , , #'i The Westmeath left Liverpool for New ports on December 5. She is •V duo at Auckland on January 26. . The El Cordobes left Liverpool on No4, and is due at Auckland on '■( January 4. She is due at Dunedin later the month. Mr SSzen, second officer of the Maori, • has resigned in order to join the Rxpedi- . - tionary Force. ;>-• The Orient Steam Navigation Company made a (profit of £260,788 last year, and ■ has declared a dividend of 5 per cent. i... The company lias added to the repair and p renewal account £25,000, to the general £ reserve £75,000. to underwriting fund £37,910, and carries forward £86,911. p\' Having reached Wellington on SaturCsYdiay, the Vacuum Oil Company's charjK’tered steamer Caldergrove was not exSspected in Lytteltou until to-day or tort morrow. - The vessel has about 20,000 eases 'X,»f oil to discharge at Lyttelton, but on account of the holidays she is not cxto proceed to Dunedin until next &7,we9k. : , ■ The Katie S.. which was damaged as k; - thW result of the collision with tho Waka--1 tere, has been towed of i Ponni Island brought to Auckland by tho Paerua. v j!lHie forecastle was smashed, and tho bc.v-fe-rfprit .carried away, but while she was y • ibeached temporary repairs were effected, V and sho did not leak to any extent when i ilbeing towed to port. [' ’ , Volunteers for the Expeditionary RoF inforcements include Messrs F. A. C. Hesi " lop and C. R. Johnson, chief and second officers respectively of the Mapourika, and -• iMr C. J. T. Hatfield, third officer of the jc Kittawa. £■*. The Shaw-Savill chartered steamer ■;> Largo Law is expected to arrive at Timaru 't.-fropt;Albany on. .December 27. After loatling cargo at that port she will proceed I’: to , Lyttelton, thence Wellington, where i' oho is duo on January 5, sailing again 'V.Tor Napier on January 7. Departure w : ll '.bo' taken from the last-named port for London on January 12. Tho American schooner John A. CampWboU, which arrived yesterday from Portland, U.S.A., brought 630,C00fb of timber „• for this port. .. The Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company's chartered steamer Anglo-Brazilian is fixed ',.\to commence Homeward loading at Aucklend on December 30. She will subsequently visit Wellington, Lyttelton, Dun- . ;.edin. Timaru, and the Bluff, and will finally sail for London on February 2. .Proof of the truth of the saying “It’s -. on. ill wind that blows nobody good" - (says-the ‘Argus’) is abundantly provided '" .•by the promptitude with which other na- • ttona have seized the opportunity to -pick German’s lost Australian trade by es- ’ tablishing new lines of merchant steamers to -the Commonwealth. Italians, Dutch, and Danish enterprises of this nature were < launched soon after the war began, and the- pioneer steamers of the Italian and Danish lines are already iu Australian , ports on their opening visits. In tho carriage to Australia of figs, raisins, cur* : runts, and other similar products of the (Mediterranean, German took a -J prominent, if not monopolistic, part, aup--7 plies of these commodities brought by them just before Christmas every year being extensive. Under the arrangement made by tho ’ ' British Government to enable British own- • r era to acquire enemy vessels condemned as prizes, foreigners controlling British corn- •; ipaaiea will not he allowed to acquire ves- ;, selg. It had been thought that arrangeihents could easily be mi l de under • the Liability Act to form companies p.’-to- acquire these- vessels, but it now appears that very close. inquiry will be fcanado as to who is to supply the money mm the vessels before any boat will bo towed to bo transferred to them, and sV-thp purchasers Avill not be allowed to sell charter tho boats to an enemy daring f^ J ‘iiho ; --''yar ■or for .five years after' the' exiHpiratioa ,ol the war.

v Tb& Oceanic Company's. steamer which left Sydney on iSaturday, November 21, with aitocord Australian, mail on board for America and London, was-ex-pected to make on effort to reduce the usual? fasti time which provides for ft 19-, days’ rim between. Sydney and San Francisco. On December 10 the Sydney agent received a cable from his principals that the Sonoma arrived at the Californian port early on Wednesday morning, having cut the time down by practically a day and a-quartev. It is contended that the Sonoma, in consequence of this fast run, holds the mercantile and mail record for tho trip, and has ensured delivery of her mails in the Enjrlish metropolis nearly a week ahead of Christmas date.

Approximately 300 German vessels, costing for their upkeep roughly £5,000 per week, are lying at the piers New York (says the ‘ Shipping Gazette Weekly Summary ’ of October 23). As far as can be learned, German expenses are being paid through the medium of New York bankers with Merlin affiliations, but no one will hazard a guess as to when the payments will cease. On one little German tramp steamer alone the weekly wages amount to £SO, with a like sum for food. This class of vessel in New York is already up lor sale, but ’ there are few _ reasonable bids at a time when money is tight, freight scarce, ami risks great. Naturally the two big German companies can withstand a long siege. Tho extensive offices of tho two shipping concerns on Lower Broadway, New York, present a gloomy and deserted appearance, in striking contrast with former scenes of activity and cheerfulness. Empty chairs and closed desks meet the eye on every side, and a quietudo suggestive of rusticity and somnolence pervades tho atmosphere. _ From ono of the few officials remaining in the offices of the Norddentscher-Lloyd Company, who consented to talk to me, I learned that both the Norddeutscher-Lloyd and the Hamburg-Amerkan Lines are prepared to sell offices, fixtures, tugs, piers, and every available asset in the country so* long as they can keep their palatial ships and support their crews until the end of tho war. This official admitted, however, that the struggle would be a hard one, and estimated that if the war continues for a year his company will have paid out in this country for "wages, food, taxes, etc., some millions of dollars.” THE FERRY SERVICE. The Wablne, from Wellington, arrived at Lvttclton at 6.25 this morning, and connected with the first express for tho south. SHIPPING TELEGEAMS. AUCKLAND, December 24.—8.20 a.m.. Cape Corso, from New York. BLUFF. December 24.—7.15 a.m.. Flora, from Port Chalmers. SYDNEY, December 23.—5.15 p.ra., Maheno. for Auckland.

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SHIPPING., Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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