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At ai) official enquiry into the eircumfctanceiof tlie wreck of t}ie schooner Excel- "' sior, held by D. Johnston, Esq., the evidence pf '{lie, captain arid mate of the schooner; of the captain, mate, and engineer of the Persevere,' arid of the Harbor" Master, and the signnlmaster xvas taken. x -* ' '. Captain Coulson, the Harbof Master, was first examined',' and he gave it as his opinion that tlio- wreck was occasioned by. rare in^ ' sufficiency <>f tlie power of the tug. When he first saw the -schooner she had her sails set ; when she got into' the break" of the bar ■ the towline parted, and-the vessel drifted on to the beach. He thought that the mate of the steamer used every effort in order to stop' the" drifting of the sckogner, and that ' ' "iheinastcr of tlie schooner could not have ' done more than he did to saye hi 3 vessel. •The schooner made for the bar at the top of high water. ' When she attemptpd to take ithe baf s"be was on the strainer's weather nuariier. Had the towline beencut she then she might haye' got to sea again, or else -■'entered lihe river safely. Captain Iwerson; master, of the Excebior, stated that Ke hoisted signals for a tug at 11 p'clopk on Wednesday, .morning, and the -Persevere came alongside, and. tcok t the ' *ycssel" iii 'tow. ' First found' %c vessel in danger when outside 'the br^k, by her touching the ground. He'then set the maiusail to get her more up' to windward.- The tide was setting strongly to the southward, and the tug" had no power io get the vessel to tne^n'orfchwarcl. Believed that the tug took the grouiitl, 'and that' thpu the captain cut the tow-rope. ..The vessel>'then. drifted on to the beach! When the tow-rope was cut, he tried to ; get put again, but the vessel would riot stay," on account of their being no way on,her.''. He considered^ the cause of the schooner's : gbirig ask>re : f -as- the insufficient ijower ot tiie tug. - ' , _. „ Sauinel 'PLilh'ps, mate of. the Excelsior, stated that when the line" was thrown from the- tug, the steamer drifted astern of the schooner before they could ' make fast. The schooner then let the line go, slipped .anchor, and failed after the steamer. Came up again to get the rope aboard. When close ;to the bar, the tide was setting very strong tp the c'outhvrarcV, aiul when on"the bar shegrounded pn the outer spit.' They then hoisted the ' mainsail, trying to make for the channel, but -. ihe vessel made little way." They were inside ihe main channel when the- tow-rope parted, and the. vessel was. fhen afloat. When' they tried to ■wear the ..vessel would neither wear nor stay. Did not think that when ..they struck on the outer spit they could have got to" sea again if the tcw-line had been cut. ' Captain M'Meikanj master- of the tug Persevere, stated that when he went to • the schooner he dnl not consider the sea too heavy for taking the bar. When he got alongside the schooner. the current was -running strong to the southward, tind a'strpng ■northerly breeze vras^ blowing. They copld iipt manage tp haul* the line on board the schooner, and she slipped her anchor, and. failed after the Uig and t<:olt the rope aboard. tdljl tHcni to niakc nil tail ami 'to keep

to windward -as fat as possible ; but instead s 'of setting the afyjr-sail they set the headsail,', caused her to drift -to leeward. Af tej. they Jgpj; into the brea^ *hey attempted \1: ■t> hoist iihe maiiisarl^ but could not succeed! y Woperly. " The result was thjit the schooner j jUauledthe tug go far to the south that it wastl € i npossible to make headway agiiust the sea s 'aud current. "Witness .then cutTthe tow rope, i , the scliooner being in the channel between j t it ie beach an V tlie outer break. Theschooner ■ i would not wear. The tng grounded before * the tow rope was cut, and th? s jhooner went 1 ■ r^horc. Hesr going ashore was caused by the s heavy current and N sea ; nothing more could , have' b-ien done tp save the vessel. - ',! The mate of the Persevere corroborated the 1 evidence of .Captain M'Mecka,n. ' " • f The signal . master at the flagstaff stated . that the bar was' favorable "and a good ' cHannel at the time in question, but the i t Reamer could not get to windward, ani the , -schooner also jeoulduoi do so. The schooner * went to. the 'windward of the steamer, and if ~i the rope had been cut the, .schooner could j have got safely into, 'the river; When the 1 1 steamer went out the weather was not favor- i able for taking a vessel in tow. The schooner ( • could have gailed in safely, the -wind being , from the north-west. The -jcanse „of the , 1 schooner gofngashojio was the insutficieiit! f power pi the tugboat. " . ! i

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OFFICIA'L ENQUIRY INTO THE LOSS OF THE EXCELSIOR., Grey River Argus, Issue 108, 20 September 1866

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OFFICIA'L ENQUIRY INTO THE LOSS OF THE EXCELSIOR. Grey River Argus, Issue 108, 20 September 1866

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