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THE DIRECT STEAMERS. MONTE VIDEO, May 14.- The Kaikoura sailed for London to-day.

__^J — The s.s. Napie. sailed for Invercargill yesterday afternoon. The auxiliary schooner Hercules, which left Hokitika for thie port on the 2nd inst., had to shelte. 111 Okains Bay, which place she left a week ago, and should"- arrive any day now. The traffic was brisk in the Victoria Channel for a time yesterday forenoon. The s.s. Waikare, for Melbourne, via tiie Bluff, left for Port Chalmers at 7.30 a.m., followed by the s.s. Mararoa, for Sydney, via Auckland, at 7.55 a.m. Both steamers left Port Chalmers m the afternoon. The s.s. Wakatipu. from Melbourne, via the Bluff, came up, arrivino: at 10 a.m.; and the s.s. Hawea, from the Bluff, arrived at 10.30 a.m. The s.s. Wakatipu goes down to Port Chalmers at 10 this morning, and sails for Sydney, via Wellington, in the afternoon. Passengers join her by the 2.30 p.m. train. The s.s. Hawea is oxpected to leave here for Port Chalmers at 7 this morning. She proceeds to the Bluff to load for Auckland, calling on the way up coast at Oamaru and Timaru. . The Union Steam Ship Company's Wakatipu, Captain R. Neville, arrived at Port Chalmers at 7 a.m. yesterday, and steamed .up to Dunedin in the forenoon. She left the Queen's wharf at 7 a.m. of the 9th inst., passed Swan Island at 7 p.m. of the 10th inst.. and rounded Cape Raoul at 10 a.m. on the llth inst.; arrived at Hobart at 1 p.m. of the 12th inst, left again samo day, and reached the Bluff at 1 p.m. of tho 15th inst. ; pushed on again at 5 p.m. same day, arriving as above. She had fine weather throughout the passage. The harque Amicitia, which left Bunbury, Western Australia, fo_. London as far back as the 13th of last September has not yet arrived. Advices state that 70 per cent, was the rate of re-insurance on the vessel. She is an iron built barque of 1113 tons, built at Rotterdam in 1885, and is owned in Krimpen Van de Leke.-by Mr P. Van den Hoog. Her latest survey is not given in Lloyd's Register. The s.s. Queen Eleanor, from New York, for Melbourne, Sydney, and New Zealand ports, arrived at Melbourne on May 3, after a passage of 62 days. Captain Ritson reports that two days after leaving New York he passed a water logged and abandoned schooner. The Queen Eleanor is a vessel ot 2270 tons, equipped with many modern improvements. She was built iiv 1566 by Messrs Bartram and Son, of Sunderland, and is owned by Messrs T. Dunlop and Son, of Glasgow.

On account of the non-arrival of the Ohau, which has probably had to shelter from the recent storm, her sailing date lias been altered lo to-morrow No less than 15 vessels, steamers and sailing ships, left Calcutta on Friday morning, March 17. This is a record for the port. The Talune, leaving here on Monday, withdraws on arrival at Melbourne, and proceeds to Sydnoy lor an overhaul. The return trip will be taken by the Tavium, leaving Melbourne on,the 31st inst, .coming , via New Zoaland port's and Cook Strait for Sydney. She will return via Cook Strait arriving at Dunedin on Saturday, the 24th of June, when she lays up for an overhaul. The continuation of her.-ruh to Melbourne will be taken up by the Tarawera,- leaving here on the Monday. The Waihora will resume her old run to Sydney, via Auckland, leaving on the 27th •of June. Ihe Waikare, on arrival at Melbourne on the 26th of June, proceeds to' Sydney to fulfil her excursion dates to the South Sea Islands, leaving Sydney on' the 3rd of Juiy. 'Her place on the time-table will be taken by the Talune from Molbourne. - With all the care that is taken to ensure tho safety of life at sea, the loss annually is tstill very great, both by drowning by wreck and casualty, and by accidents and drowning abroad and ashore, amongst sailors. The $liipping Federation have recently compiled a table which shows the actual loss of life that has occurred since; 1893. To many the figures will, we think, prove astonishing. 1893: Total -men employed,, 7 219,560; drowned by. wreck and. casualty, 985; total deaths from accident, and drowning,. abroad aud ashore, 1765. 1894: .Total men employed, 218,317; drowned, by wreck and casualty, 922; total deaths from accidents and drowning, abroad and 7 ashore, 1823. 1895 : Total men ". employed,' 7:217,794; drowned by wreck, and casualty, 990; total deaths from accidents -and drowning, abroad and ashore, 1862/ 1896.: Total men employed, 218,224; drowned by .wreck and casualty, 783: total"'deaths from 'accidents and drowning, abroad and- ashore, 1634. 1897: Total men "employed,' .219,235 ; drowned by wreck and casualty. TOO; total deaths from accidents and drowning, abroad and ashore, 1523. 1.98: Total men employed, 218,016; drowned by wreck and casualty, 590; total deaths .from; accidents and drowning, abroad aii'd "sishore, 1423:

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THE DIRECT STEAMERS. MONTE VIDEO, May 14.- The Kaikoura sailed for London to-day., Otago Daily Times, Issue 11425, 17 May 1899

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THE DIRECT STEAMERS. MONTE VIDEO, May 14.- The Kaikoura sailed for London to-day. Otago Daily Times, Issue 11425, 17 May 1899