THE KAPANUI-ROSE CASEY COLLISION.
THE INQUIRY CONTINUED. II The inquiry into the cause of the collision between the s.s. Rose Casey and the s.i Kapanui. which occurred in Mahurangi Hithour on March 22, was continued yesterday, before Messrs. H. W. Brabant, S.M., and Captains Clark and Fernandez, nautical assessors. Messrs. Hush Campbell and McGregor appeared for the captain and officers; of the Rose Casey, and Mr. Tlieo. Cooper; for the officers and owners of the Kapanti : Mr. A. Rose. Collector of Customs, appeared for the Marine Department. During the forenoon evidence was givea bv several witnesses, who were on board the: Rose Casey, corroborating substantially to statements made by the previous witnesses..Sri After the luncheon adjournment, evidence' wa* called for the other side. "' jl's
James Watt Darroch, mate of the'si'4 : St. Kapanui. said that when he saw the Res J §£ Casey she was in Johnson's Bay, and toy j| Kapanui was just outside Lushington'l ; Point. At no time was the Kapanui abaft ; §§ the beam of the Rose Casey, and there was so ; ; w. danger of a collision, as the Rose Casey had | */ plenty of sea-room. The tide sets up to !> | river, and the cause of the collision was to | $ Rose Casev running into the Kapanui. ■ jSf Iri Robert Melville, shipwright, said that- ha f. |> was a passencer by the Kapanui at th? time J d of the collision. He was standing on the I'y bridge by the wheel at the time. The Kapa- 31 nui was some distance ahead of the Eoa||p Casey, but was not going l ahead appreciably 1 at the time. Samuel Wilson, clerk, said that he :S#4lß the collision from the Kapanui. The enpns B'|j< of the Kauantii were stopped and thensc'gfe astern, and the Rose Casey continued in • gfiif direct course ahead, making straight for to%||S Kapanui. Witness saw the Rose CasfTpfe coming, and called out to the captain to stop, but although he slowed the steamer? collided about 10 seconds later. Samuel J. Coulam, seaman, said that Is g saw the collision from the wharf. The Kapanui was about three-quarters of a mile from h the wharf, and did not alter hei direction. "||g| The Rose Casey was on the port- bow, and , ||:;f was goinf* ahead, and after the collision she | backed out. , , George Woodcock, storekeeper at Waybji said that lie was a passenger bv the KapJf t nui. The boats were about 200 yds or 30Jf»Jra apart when the Knpanui's engines were stopned. The Rose Casey came straight »'<> |jp the Kapanui, and witness did not notice ; any.• attempt to stop her. ' .'fslp Charles Woodcock, the next witness, i that the Kapatiui had been brought up or three minutes before the collision. . vfili' Herbert Richard Clover, gumdigger. snd Daniel Prictor gave evidence of a similar ; nature. ;!iw| Mr. Cooper said that it- mieht be of some te use if their Worships would look at vessel. He would like to continue the that evening, but Mr. Campbell might.,'%»«• sonably wish to look over the evidence, w|p he therefore asked that- the addresses rcwijfc be eiven on the following day. _ ~ \- The case was therefore adjourned till th» afternoon, the magistrate and nautical assessors agreeing meanwhile to inspect tw Kapanui, in order to see the nature of w|| ,\7 injury. "'?/ .&f| In reply to the Court, Captain Baiwej t a;,| said that his compasses wcro adjusted about 18 months ago. jasirig