SUPPOSED HULL OF RIO LOG E.
(Per Press Association.) CHRISTGHURQH, this day. r Since the disappearance of the Rii ; Loge, now generally believed to have been lost last month on her way to Auckland from Dunedin, several reports have, been received of floating objects seepi On February 10 the barquentine Mary. Isabella passed n^r * Kaikouiia - a, larg^ iubinerged floating object. Oii'- Satur. day morning the comjnander of th^f fcteamer Turakina reported that at 10.30. on" Friday night U\e steamer passed th<| same or" a simila!r thing about. 25 mil**' from . the Kaikoura •- Peninsula. The ob-J ject, over -which the seas were breaking^ constitutes .a danger to shipping, and a"; warding 'vi'as^at bnbe i^jti^to ; :tnat ; 'effecti and the Seciretfltiry y6t v ii^itfa yiwjfc,' acr' qliainted /with' the .report hy *th'oT»Vtter-f : ton -Marine Superintendent.^ The opinion); is being freely expfeesed.that thie ori investigation would prove o to! be tli e overturned hull of the Rio... L 0.20 .' ■< A'] steamer was s6ht out tow.hidisr the Chat^; hams m 'search for the missing yeslsel| and interested people suggest , that la, shorter ex(niTOion'Would"oflt t lM_>eim^ result' of clearing away Avhat may -be' a derelict m the t¥(tck of cpctstrtl *&hi^:girij|, which is a serious danger.' The Rio.Lcge is an iron, vessel, . loaded, '."withY.saiwri kauri timber, and .the overturned ' ;'qr swamped hull would 'probably float; Pitfcaithly , and C 0. ,, reeognLsirig' the ''^itp't baiblle value' ojf.ia. hull. However usei&^, filled with, matftetable .tirtiber, in ' addition to the desirability of clearing up the mjy;«|t«iry, decidied \o desphtch t(he steamer Cygnet on ,a search. The steariidr left Lytteltori «abotiF r 3.30 p.m. yesterday, after being fitted up with coal and provided With- a tow-jine to bring back, the ,i supposed derelict if it Twould prove worth recovering. Probably the, Cygnet will not return be fbre to-morrow.; The presence of a. large object, floating; directly m the track of coastal olnppin^, is naturally causing ! sqme . anxiety ,td mastei*s oJF vessels, and ne^s *of its re-, covery and removal will.be welcoihed. ';
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