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It is refreshing to find outside interest being taken in the capacities of the entrance to the piyer^ Grey, Residents of the district, appreciating the value to the Colony of the coal-field to which ifc is the natural approach, do not take a merely local or limited view of its disadvantages, nor do th,ey desire to conceal them. They do, however, desiderate, a fair representation of facts, and' consider that, when persons find the subject of such interest as jo telegraph to Wellington tf lien the bar: is closed against vessels of a certain draught, th<?y might also go to the trouble . : of ielegraphiug . particulars at seasons"- when it presents all the facilities of .entrance that are required. Recently, wheri the' 'steamer Go-Ahead;, was, rightjy pr wrongly, prevented fvoi% entering for q. tide, a. telegram of the facts calculated tWhii to » false J inopr(essi6nwp forwarded 'Jn're^ly io/a in /regard, to tthe(mattep,anoth§p £eU}grani was' forwarded to Weljiij^toii from.j(?rey-,1 mouth, and both were published in these columns ,at;th^iti.!iie^^l« late Wellington files we find thVifirsr telegram forwarded.

to have be<3n to the following effect : — " Editor Evening Post, Wellington. Arrived off Greymouth stock-laden from Wanganui Saturday 2nd inst 1.30 p.m. Signalled from shore enquiring draught of water : replied 6ft 6in. Signalled use great caution channel jnuiTow.': 3.30 signalled take bar when Dispatch, and Titan ; came out. Latter vessel grounded and 1 came out stern first. 3.4.0 p.m. Wallace took bar. Immediately after Wallacn got in signalled bar dangerous for us. Then followed signalling only 6ft on bar — insufficient for you.— A. D. M'Gillivray, Master Go-Ahead, Westport." Not having been favored with file 3of the Independent for a very long time, through some unaccountable carelessness in that office, we have not au opportunity of knowing exactly what use was made of the information transmitted hence, but that, some use was made of it, and that the spirit in which it was made was scarcely appreciated by the Wellington paper 'which evinces a great interest in Westport, the Post, is evident from the following extract from the columns of that journal :— " The IndejMident always betrays a surprising amount oHnterest in matters relating to Greymouth, and as a telegram from thence wa&rrecently published stating was unable to cross ti&miisߣv on the 4th, our contemporary tho^gSfct necessary to make inquiries, and, sOfce result, published a second telegratfTimpugning the correctness of the first ; one. We have since received the following from the sender of the original message : — 'I repeat that there was only 6ft water on 4th on Greymouth bar. Go-Ahead and Wallace, steamers, both offering, mutually agreed Wallace should first enter, she drawing !4ft 9in, 'take soundings, and signal result. M' Arthur caused signalman to notify his finding only 6ft.' " Supposing this to be "all correct," may it be asked, did Captain M'Gillivray, on his last visit to this port, telegraph to the Post the state of. the bar at the time of his arrival and departure? We know that at or about the time at which the Go-Ahead last visited the port, the soundings showed a I depth of lift of water-on the bar.

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Grey River Argus, Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1571, 18 August 1873

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Grey River Argus Grey River Argus, Volume XIII, Issue 1571, 18 August 1873

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