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News was received in town yesterday from Kaipara of the total wreck of the fine schooner Midge inside Kaipara Heads on the loth inst. To Messrs L. D. Nathan & Oo we nre indebted for the following particulars taken from letters just received by them from Captain Stewart. The Midge left Auckland on the morning of the 9th inst with a general cargo of merchandise for Ahipara and Aratapu Saw Mills, •where she was to load 70,000 ft of timber for Dunedin. The Midgo arrived at Ahipura on Wednesday, the 13th, after a fine weather passage. She landed a portion of her cartjo, but night coming on had to stand out to sea, arriving at the Kaipara Heads on the 14th. Took on board the pilot and proceeded over the bar. At 3 p.m. on Thursday last; the Midge struck at Poutu, inside the Kaipara Heads, and near the mouth of the Wairoa Siver. The weather at the time was flue (at all events in the river), though a high sea was running. The crew were all safely got on shore, and every means U9ed to save the cargo, but. without success. A few hours after the schooner struck it was found that she had six feet of water in her hold, and that her back had been broken. The crew were then set to work to save the spars, sails, &c, the seas all tlio time making clean broaches over the vessel. At noon on Friday last all hopes of saving the vessel were given up, the sea sf ill running high, and continuing to break over the Midge ; it was seen that she was breaking up fast. Mr Thomas Peacock and Mr Stewart (of Stewart & Anderson), who arrived in Auckland from the Bcene of tho wreck on Saturday night last, report that a great portion of the cargo of the vessel and a quantity of her timbers had been washed ashore before they left ou Friday evening. The Midge waß insured in the New Zealnnd office for £1400, and a portion of the cargo was insured in the Pacific, but to what amount we have been unable to learn. It will be in the remembrance of our readers that the Midge (then a screw steamer) came out from London under canvas, about five years ago, under tho command of Captain JLoutitfc, Captain Stewart (her owner) and his family being passengers by her. Shortly after her arrival the Thames goldfields were thrown open, and the Midge's machinery was at once put in order, and she was placed on tho Thames trade, in which she continued until faster vessels were placed in opposition. She was then taken off the trade, and after her machinery was taken out she was transformed into a schooner, and since then until the time of the unfortunate mishap thab has occurred to her has been successfully engaged in the South Sea Island trade. Tho Midgo was originally built for, and employed as, one of the pilot boats in the English Channel. — " Southern Cross," Dec. 19.

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WRECK OF THE SCHOONER MIDGE AT KAIPARA., Wellington Independent, Volume XXVII, Issue 3380, 25 December 1871

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WRECK OF THE SCHOONER MIDGE AT KAIPARA. Wellington Independent, Volume XXVII, Issue 3380, 25 December 1871