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HIGH WATER. TO-sionnow. Taiaroa Head : 0.6 a.m., 0.29 p.m. Tort Chalmers : 0.43 a.m.. 1.6 p.m. Dunediu : 1.13 a.m., 1.36 p.m. s THE SUN. Sets to-day, 7.55 p.m.; rises to-morrow, 4.24 a.m. THE MOON. Sets to-morrow, 1.13 a.m.; rises to-mor-row, 5.24 p.m. WEATHER REPORTS. The Government Meteorologist (Rev. JD. C. Bates) supplied the following weather reports at 9 a.m. to day : Bar. Ther. Wrath. Auckland—Calm _ 30.04 64 BC Napier—Calm ... -. 30.16 60 O Wanganui—E.. br ... 30.10 62 G Wellington—E.. br ... 30.17 li 4P. C West port—N.. 1 ... 30.15 60 1* C Grevmouth—N.W., 1 30.14 60 O Bealev—E,, lb 30.19 - - I* Christ-church—E., 1 ... 30.29 tO O P Timaru—E., 1 30.27 57 O Oamaru—Calm 50.20 59 <> Dunedin—N.E., lb ... 30.17 52 <> Queenstown—Calm _. 30.10 R> O Nuggets—W., 1 ... -. 30.16 52 <> Bluff— E., 1 .~ ... 30.15 51 i; Roxbnrgh—Calm ... 28.Rd 55 (' Invercargill—Calm ... 30.04 51 I'-C Xasebv—Calm 2JJ.10 52 P. U Port Chalmers—N., 1 30.15 53 O Pembroke—Calm ... 29.05 58 <> Clyde—Calm ... ... - 64 C I'uvsegur Point—• " " S.E.. 1 ... 30.00 57 P. Balcluthsv-S.W.. lb Wind.—L., light; br, breeze; f b, fresh breeze; m g, moderate galo; g, wholo or heavy gale; w, gale of exceptional severity. Weather.—B, blue sky. be the atmosphere clear or heavy ; C, clouds, passing clouds; D;' drizzling rain; V, foggy; G, gloomy, dark weather; H. hail; L, light ning; M, misty; O, overcast, the whole f»ky covered with thick clouds ; P, passing showers; Q, squally; B. rain, continued rain: S. snow; T, thunder; U, ugly, threatening appearance: Z, hazy. ARRlVED.—December 27. Victoria, s.s. (11.25 a.m.), 2.969 tons. Croft, from Auckland via- East Coast ports. Passengers : Mesdames Momihan. Niehotls and four children. Strattou. Brown, Misses Shicle. .lacnbs, Duncan, Messrs Bunkman, Mouahan, Nicholls. M'Bride. Stratton, Brown. Smith, Pepprill, Fab-oner; and 22 steerage. The Victoria, sails to-morrow for Amk'and and East Coast ports. The Breeze is expected here about .Jannary 5 to load for northern ports. The Knwhai is d\iv here to-morrow from Tlrevmouth. The Kotare arrived U.-t m'-Jit from Catliu River. The head office of the Shaw. Savill, and Albion Company has been advised that the Karamea left Liverpool for Australasian ports on December 19. The vessel will load in New Zealand ports for Home, sailing finally in Manh. The Shaw-Savill chartered steamer Anglo-Brazilian arrived at Auckland yesterday from Sydney. After loading at various New Zealand ports she will ho "despatched from the Bluff for London on February 2. Tho steamer Knight Bachelor, recently purchased by the Federal S. Company, Ltd., lias been renamed Middlesex, and was to have left Liverpool on December 19 for Australian ports on her first voyage in the new owners' interests. She is commanded by Captain Makepeace, who had charge of the New Zealand Shipping Company's steamer Kaipara when slu- was lunk by the German armed merchantman Kaiser"Wilhelm der Grosse. The Westward Ho, which left New York on October 20 for Auckland via the Panama Canal, arrived on Saturday. After discharge at Auckland tho vessel goes to Wellington, and thence to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

The Mottisfont, 4.784 tons, has arrived hi Australia with a. general cargo from Xew York. After discharge the vess«l will coma across to New Zealand ear'v in the new year to load, for Home on behalf of the New Zealand Shipping Com-

Tncluded in the Wellington cargo takom for Home by tlio Star of »w'"Zealand Were:—4,l4o bales of wool. 160 casks tallow, 140 cases pelts, 38 casks and 5 kegs ratings. 48,436 carcases and 2.581 legs mutloti, 500 quarters beet', 88 hairs hearts, ami £27 cases kidneve

Tho steamer .Hallamshhe left New- York f--r New Zealand ports on December 19, having loaded there under the auspices of the A. and A. Line The vessel, which is • ■oming via Panama Canal, -will first visit Auckland, being due about the. end of January. Captain W. Gordon, of th<; Bre<v.o. is at present oil holiday leave, and his place has hoen taken by Captain Had ford, of the Storm. Captain Xalder its in command of tho Storm, and Mr 11. M'Dou-all has been engaged on tho Ngakuta a.> chief engineer in place of Mr W. Mulgan Mr W. j. Stunne-y, third officer-of tho lvarori, has onio ashore. Mr 1> Palmer has, signed on tho Comma a a third engineer. Mr E. Rue by has joint-d tne Mapourika, as third alticer.

Private advice his UeV.ii received in I.ytJelton that tire iron barque Lako Erie, g&J tons, lias been sold to a firm a t Home to be broken up. The Lako Erie w.ic; a tino typo of vessel, and was well known in these waters several years ago. si he- was luiilt in 1863 by Barclay, Curie, and tV>., Glasgow, and in 1391 was purchased bv Messra'A. H. Turnbnll and Co. l"r,<ler the command of Captain 11. Mam-o. tho vessel made several voya-g<'3 Kome with Vool. She was disposed of to an Italian prm about nine years ago, and prior t-> ihis had accomplished a tuiart run'of 32 jiaya from_ Capo Town to Calcutta under iallast. Now word has been received that }ier career is shortlv to U> tinallv ende<l » LOCAL ()r..l?w.TiolT

'l'he street rumor to tho effect that word "fcas come from Lord Kitehcuer that further teinforcemcnta from New Zealand will not i>e required is absolutely without foundation. Wo have- the authority of tlit> Minister oi Defence for this statement. The strength of tho reinforccuonts h;jfe been varied from time to time, at:d this may possibly bo ax tho bottom 0 £ the street corner tal^j. UNION COMPAXI'S FLEET; ■ THREE LAPvCE STMVMKILS BITLD. , JSVr. The Union Company lta\o no-.v under construction three Jargo ftcamcre—one for tha Vancouver mail and passenger fotvice, and two largo cargo vessels, similar to the ill-fated Tyrone, one of them being ilesigned to rerlace that, and the other being built to meet tho expanbioii which is taking place in the Home, trade, in •which tho lioscomm'on, Limerick, and "Westmeath, are now engaged. Tho Union Company's annual report gives the following interesting: details concerning tho ves*el3 now under cocsti-uction :—"A conJiact was let to the Eaiitieid Shipbuilding 2>>mpany for tho Vancouver steamer. She *vill bo essentially a high-class mail pteamer, with, a sea speed of 164 knots, jind in view of the growing trade in dairy jroduoe, meat, and fruit between Australasia and Vancouver 6ho will bo specially fitted for refrigerated cargo. She hill have accommodation for 458 first and Second class passengers, and permanent jiccommodation for 247 third class pas-t-engers, which can be extended as retjnifed. Her public rooms and appointments will plaoa her in the front rank of passenger liners. After consultation with the builders, it -was decided to adopt what is known as the cruker stern, which possesses distinct advantages over tho older type. In her engine and boiler room advantage has been taken of the latest improvements. Her water-tubo boilers arc designed for -uea of cither oil fuel or coal, and th» steam, which, will be superheated, -will driva two sets of geared turbines. Delivery of thi* vessel was to have been given, in April next, but on account of j pressure to complete warships it is not likely «ho will leave the builders' hands | jbefore-the following Juno. 'Hie cargo

stenmera are being built In the ranis of Messrs Swan, Hunter, Wigham, Richardson, Wallsend on-Tyne>, and Sir Kaylton Dixon. and Co., Middicebro'. Tho one building by the former company ■"rill bo something over 12.000 tons gross register. Her deadweight wiii bo noarly 16,000 tons, arul hor sen- speed will bo knots. She will have, largo refrigerating engines, and her inflated holds will accommodate 130,000 carcasses of mutton, with *]vko for extension if necessary. »Sho will also be available to carry a large number of third okrss passengers. Tho steamer building a.t Middlcebro' will be somewhat smaller, about 10.000 tons gross register, a deadweight of 10.600 tons, and a rapacity for 115.000 carcasses of mutton. Both these ships will havo cruiser slerns, and will bo driven by geared turbines, superheated steam being used. They wilT differ from the passenger steamer building by Fairfield's in having Scotch, boilers, and being designed to burn* coal only. ■Delivery <>f the steamer under construction at,3liddleshn>* was to bo given thin month, while the. ono building on tho Tyio was to be completed by July, 1915. Unfortunately, both will probably be delayed for the. same reason that applies to the Fairfield steamer." OVERSEA STEAMERS. AUCKLAND. December 26.-5.25 p.m.. Westward Ho, from New York via Panama- ('anal. sinrrixo telegrams. AUCKLAND. December 26.-7 p.m., YVestralia, for southern ports.—December 27 : 3.25 a.m.. Anglo-Brazilian, from Syd-ney.—-12.15 j'.m., Mahono. from Sydney.— 5.30 p.m.. A\*han gape, from West port. — December 28 : 7.20 a.m., llinemoa. r nr northern lighthouses. GISI'.OKXK, December 26.—1 p.m.. Ihumata. from Newcastle. BUTE, December 26.-2.30 p.m.. Wimmera. for llobart. SYDNEY. December 25.—"Rivcrina, from Auckland.—December 27 : Bona, barrine. from lTokianga. TMUSBAXK, December 27.—The bar. pie 8.A.. in tow of the Beaver, from New Zealand. NEWCASTLE, December 26. —Thikanoa. for Auckland.—Kauri, for AVeUiugton.

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SHIPPING., Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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