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AWE- INSPIRING SIGHT A T NAPIER

THE FATALITY

(Special to Serald.)

NARIER, this day. Another gale of exceptional violence swept Jnto the bay yesterday, bringing m 'its train a sea running the proverbial mountains high. \ Certainly . nothing . like it has been seen here for* many. YeaTs ; indeed not since the great storm v/hich played such havoc with the breakwater and carried away a portion of thti se* wall. Tlie spectacle as the hnge .-tt-atfes broke over the structure , was sublimely grand, and onlookers stood ppellbo-ji-nd by the awe-inspiring sight. It co«'ls nbt be expected that the breakwater Wchlid come through such a trying ordeal , Unscathed/arid from casual Observation' 'it ctfn be se*en that some damage hAs resulted, but the full extent oaniiot. be ascertained until the storm subsides. The sheds on the breakwater wharf have bfeett knocked about considerably, ■ Whilst lamps have been rafced and tails' ibtn from their sockets.' "' ■*•' ' "■

Had the evil effects of the storm 'been confined to the breakwater it w'duld have been bad enough, but utffortiirttfteljr loss of life has to be'^ecbrded.' A' hdtht ber of people had collected at th'e 'root of the breakwatefc yesterday jnorriittg- 'tb view tho spectacle, and several '- of them-^ George Duncan, a sihgle ' man, jUViifg here, ambrigst the humber-Q^teHnlftfed to proceed to the Glasgow wlihrf t!o : gel a nearer view. When they had got Vboiit half way alohg the mkin v^haw a'.'hftfei roller came right over, enveloping ' the structure, sweeping Duncan intb the Harbor, and placing the others 'ln'.Serioyß danger for the time being. A 'move' wtts at once made to lower two boats hA-iigiiljg to their davits . Cabtain Lriljfe ahd his assistaiits got their boat laufiehedT siifc'cessfully, but just, as the other .was being lowered a second great roller swept over the whpf*, arid severely ■ ihr jursed two of the men engaged ki tlii) laiAichiiig '(Harmon' arid McCalluj?^ whilst the others, Qallfen arid ? were washed overboard, but tliey reached, the wharf safely. -In the* Meantime Captain I/ake pi'oceeded as fast as ho could to the assistance of , Duncan, jbut the latter , disappeared from view' jus*^ before the hoat reached the ,-fty'ot. ." Tlio body has not yet been- fpcove^etl, the deceased, who was about 35v years' :of age, was a remittance man/ and jWd beeii engaged at variotflr times clerking and'tallyiiig on the ttharf.' „.;.. ; u The storm has completely hung^Vup shipping work for the time being.

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AWE-INSPIRING SIGHT AT NAPIER Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 12131, 26 April 1910

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