WRECK OF THE STEAMER TAIROA
« FULLER AND LATER PARTICULARS. TAIROA GOES ASHORE IN A FOG. [per press association.] Tnu nesv3 of this most sad disaster caused cousiderablo exciteraeat ia towu duriug the whole of yesterday, and auxioiu enquiries were inaila at our office from time to time a.3 to tho oauso of tho loss, for it wa^ known that several from here had left for the purpose of catching tho boat on Stmday and proceeding South by her. The difficulty of getting information respecting the disaster yesterday was owing to the vessel being wrecked on a part of the coast which may be said to bo almost uninhabited, and some distance from a Telegraph Station. We have, however, now fullor particulars, which we place before our readers in a more consecutive form. CORRECT LIST OF PASSENGERS. The Union Company's steainor Taiaroa left Wellington on Sunday at noou for Lyttolton. She i 3 an iron steamer of 430 tons gross and 280 tons net register, and fitted with ongines of 500 horse power indicated. She was in charge of Captain Thompson, and had the following passongers on board : — Mrs. Fitzgerald (wife of the editor of the Timaru Herald); Mrs. Anderson. Mr. Ward (torpedo instructor), Sergeant Grant, A.C. (Torpedo Corps), Mr. Hawkins (bootmaker, of Wellington), Mr. Gilbert Hutton (Torpedo Corps of Wellington), Mr. Galbraith (a commercial traveller), Mr. Vallance (a bookmaker), Mr. John Harper (of Ghristchurch), Mr. Thomas Olliver, Mr. Robert Henderson. THE CARGO ON BOARD TAIAROA. The steamer had the followiug cargo on board : — 50 sacks barley transhipped from Wanganui by Hogan & Co. ; 50 boxes of soap shipped by Kitchen & Sons ; 3 cases, Thompson, Shannon & Co. ; 1 case and a quantity of iron, N.Z. Shipping Co. She also had a small quantity of cargo from Nelson. INSURANCES ON VESSEL. The Taiaroa was valued at £15,000. The insurances on the steamer are not known, but the Company are understood to have a very large risk themselves. HOW THE STEABIER WAS LOST. The survivors being in a very -weak state it was difficult to get any lengthy particulars from them respecting the cause of the accident, but the captain states that after leaving Wellington the Taiaroa had strong head winds. About 3 p.m. on Sunday the wind chopped round suddenly and blew hard from the sou-east, with thick rainy weather and heavy fog. The vessel was steered the usual course. TIIE OFFICERS AND CREW. The following officers and crew were on board the steamer Taiaroa :—Captain Thomson ; chief officer, Mr. Monkman ; second mato, Mr. Powell ; chief engineer, Mr. Dalryrnple ; second engineer, Mr. George Spratford; purser, Mr. R. Spoonor; carpenter, Mr. West, J. Fielder, chief Steward ; Duncan Cameron, second Steward ; A.B.s, Messrs. J. ilackay (single), P. Hants (single), McMilliiu (single), D. Williams (siuyle), J. McPhce (married) ; lamp-trimmer, Mr. D. Hill (marrieil) ; firemen, Messrs It. Urwin (single), li. Morrison (single), George McDouough (single), J. Kane (married) aud\V. Tain; W. Qaiu, ship boy. The vessel was wrecked between 7 and 8 o'clock on Suuday night, half a mile north of the mouth of tho Clarence river. Au attempt was made to get a line ashore. All on board had cork jackets on. They took to the boats, four starling. Ono boat capsized. Mr. Hutton reached tho second boat, which also capsized. A rninuto later a third boat, with the captain in charge, broke adrift and went seaward. Notl.iug could be learnt of the fourth boat. Mr. Huttou struck out for the beach, and was a good deal knocked about. He walked about all night, and roacbed Woodbank Station on Monday morniug. Mr. Trolove and men immediately proceeded to the scene, and on tho way met Sergeant Grant of the A.C. Force. ■ FINDING DEAD BODIES. A search was mn.de along tho beach, and at nine o'clock three bodies (male) were fouud, one the engiueer, and two seamen, the furthest being three miles north of the wreck. Tho vessel was lying starboard side to the beach, but with a slight list to port. The sea was breaking over the vessel, but not heavily. The beach is all boulders, and a heavy sea was running up the coast. Search parties went north along the beach. Tho survivors were in a weak state, but Mr. Trolove did everything possible to revive them.
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