8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY
17 – Storm Bird, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Messrs. Byrne, Pelemmes, Axup, Dunbar, Jones, Collins, Wells, Joyce and Hart.
17 – Result. s.s,. from Wairoa and Whakaki.
17 – Minnie Hare, schooner, from Auckland.
18 – Taupo, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Captain and Mrs McInnis, Mrs Fry and child, Messrs King, Headlam, MacKinnon, Witty, Margetts, McDonald, Jobbens, Robertson, Davidson, Jolly, McIntiosh, Reed, Groswell, and family, and 5 carpenters.
19 – Jane Douglas, s.s., from Gisborne: Passengers – Mr and Mrs Clunes, Mrs Davey and 2 children, Miss Trimmer, Messrs Mannen, Nolan, Thomas, Rock, Loughlan, Tucker, Warnop, native wife and child
22 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Master McAuley, and 20 immigrants
23 – Storm Bird, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs Poole, Misses Lydia Howard, Navaro, and Nye, Messrs Shepperson, Poole, Sweeney, and Hunter
17 – Mary Wadley, three-masted schooner, for Newcastle, N.S.W.
17 – Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington via Mangakuri.
17 – Isabella Pratt, schooner, for Oamaru.
18 – Taupo, s.s., for Auckland via Gisborne and Tauranga. Passengers – Mesdames Gibbons (2) Sterndale and Butterworth, Misses Harkis, Davis, Gibbons, and Browning, Messrs Gibbons (2) Harkis, Ewing, Mann, Berry, Joyce, Campbell, Baker, Harrison, Cribb, O’Neal, Firth, Floyd, Dunbar, Turnbull, Farnes, and one native.
19 – Storm Bird, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Messrs Anderson and Solomon
19 – Jane Douglas, s.s., for Wellington. Passenger – Mr Rock
21 – Jannett, ketch, for the Sound
22 – Manaia, p.s., for Wairoa. Passengers – Mrs Taylor, Mrs Aislabie, Miss Keys, Messrs Sturm and Ralph
22 – Albatross, schooner, for Whangapoua
22 – Laetitia, schooner, for Auckland
22 – Result, s.s., for Wairoa. Four passengers
22 – Saucy Kate, schooner, for Auckland
The three-masted schooner Mary Wadley was towed out by the Sir Donald on Friday through the eastward channel. She bumped four times, and is bound to Newcastle, N.S.W., for a cargo of coal.
The s.s. Storm Bird, Capt. Doile, left Wellington on Thursday at 12.30 a.m., and has experienced throughout the trip strong head winds with heavy rain and thick weather. Passed Castlepoint at 3 p.m. same day, and Cape Turnagain at 7 p.m.; eased engines at midnight owing to the thick weather, and came under easy steam, arriving in the roadstead at 8.30 on Friday. Crossed the bar at 9.15, and was moored to the Breastwork. Sighted a fore and aft schooner off the Castle. The Storm Bird has 73 tons general cargo, principally transhipments ex Endymion from London, and leaves again for Wellington. We thank Mr Dugdale for report and files.
The officers and crew of H.M.S. Sappho after getting on board Mr Mason, the third mate of the Queen Bee, nursed him very carefully, and before he left the man-of-war, handed to Mason a subscription amounting to £16.
Negotiations for the purchase of the Jane Douglas have been pending for some time between Messrs Richardson and Co., the late owners, and Mr Plimmer, manager of the N.Z.S.S. Co. Mr Plimmer arrived in the Storm Bird on Friday, and the final arrangements were concluded. The price has not transpired. We hear she is intended to run between Wellington and Manawatu, a trade for which she is admirably adapted, as the passenger traffic is increasing in that river. We hear that some altarations [alterations] will have to be made to her accommodation. Captain Fraser will no doubt remain in charge of her.
No report of the Taupo’s voyage having reached us, we can only favour our readers with the names of the passengers, kindly furnished by Mr Duncan, shipping clerk at Messrs Kinross and Co’s. On the occasion of the last trip of the Taupo going South from Wellington, she was commanded by Capt. Andrews, with Capt. Evans acting as mate, Capt. Carey and officers being obliged to remain behind to attend a Court of Inquiry, re the running down of the Eli Whitney by the s.s. Taupo.
Capt. Malcolm, late of the Wanaka, is now in command of the Taranaki.
The s.s. Result returned from Wairoa and Whakaki with only half a cargo of maize in consequence of a southerly springing up early on Friday morning, Capt. Baxter was reluctantly compelled to leave with the vessel only half laden.
The Isabella Pratt, Capt. Cross, left on Friday.
A Nelson paper informs us that the Maori crew who brought a part of the shipwrecked passengers ex the Queen Bee, were entertained whilst in port to several sumptuous repasts at the expense of the Bishop of Nelson.
The s.s. Taupo, Capt. Carey left on Saturday afternoon. She left the major part of her cargo for Napier, and during the transhipment to the Three Brothers considerable damage was done to the lighter on account of the heavy roll.
In consequence of the threatening appearance of the weather on Saturday, the s.s. Storm Bird was detained till Sunday, when she left for Wellington, passing out by the westward channel. At 2 o’clock she was followed by the Jane Douglas.
The schooner Minnie Hare was brought inside on Saturday at 1.30 p.m. She was steered in by the semaphore as far as the passage on the eastward end of the bar, when she was boarded by the pilot, who immediately took the wheel. In crossing the bar the heel of the rudder struck the bar, which took the wheel out of the pilots hand knocking him down, and one of the spokes hitting him severely on the chest, besides injuring his shoulders and wrist. The sea washed the vessel over the bar.
The s.s. Jane Douglas hoisted on Sunday the house flag of her new owners, and steamed for Wellington at two p.m. We are glad to hear that Capt. Fraser, and the engineer, Mr Dobbie, are still to retain their respective positions in the steamer. We wish the present owners prosperity with their new purchase.
A gentleman recently from Wellington, connected with the N.Z.S.S. Company has kindly favoured us with a description of the proposed improvements and alterations to the s.s. Rangatira. Her engines are to be made on the compound principle, which means a great saving of coal, and are to be increased 20 horse power. Her propeller is to be 20 inches large in diameter, which will make her a ten-knot boat. A new high pressure boiler is being fixed with all the latest improvements. Extra bilge pieces are being fitted so as to prevent the proverbial rolling. The saloon is being fitted up as nearly as possible after the pattern of that in the Wanaka, with green velvet seats and backs. There are fourteen enclosed cabins for gentlemen, and the ladies cabin is to remain as it is. The whole of the internal fittings are being repainted and handsomely decorated. In the future she will steer from the bridge. The whole of her deck fittings will be entirely altered. The donkey engine will be shifted more forward, and a whale back will be fixed forward of her foremast. This will be very useful for coiling away ropes, &c. Her owners expect her to be in Napier in three weeks time. We are glad to inform our readers and the future travellers in this steamer that Captain Evans will retain the command.
The s.s. Storm Bird, Captain Doile, hence, on Sunday at 12 o’clock, arrived at Wellington, at 4 o’clock on Monday afternoon.
The s.s. Jane Douglas, Captain Fraser which left here at 2 p.m. on Sunday last, arrived at Wellington on Monday at half past five. It will thus be seen that the latter steamer gained on the Storm Bird half-an-hour on the passage. Both steamers were no doubt doing their level best. Money changed hands on the event.
A schooner called the Ann Hill has left Dunedin for Napier, with a full cargo of Colonial produce.
H.M.S.S. Sappho, Captain Digby, may shortly be expected to pay a visit to Hawke’s Bay, en route for Auckland.
The Result on Tuesday towed out the ketch Jannett, bound to the Sound for a load of timber for Lyttelton. She also towed out the schooners Laetitia and Albatross, the latter bound to Whangapoua, and the former to Auckland.
The Laetitia, soon after the pilot left her, brought up, and the captain ran up the ensign as a signal for the pilot, who immediately went to see what was the matter. The captain informed him one of the crew had stolen from him some money. As the Laetitia was anchored in a dangerous position, the pilot got her underweigh, and the captain determined to give the man in charge as soon as he got to Auckland.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Holmes, left Auckland at 4.30 p.m., last Monday, and has made a good run down, arriving at the anchorage on Wednesday at 1 p.m., having experienced fine weather throughout. We are glad to see Captain Holmes has again assumed command of the steamer, having entirely recovered from his late indisposition. She brought 20 immigrants transhipped from the barque Columbus. The latter vessel was the first wool ship that loaded here last season. The Cross had not much cargo for Napier. She will load cattle and sheep for Auckland.
Capt. Holmes, in company with the Pilot, sounded the bar at the westward channel at high water slack on Wednesday, and found eight feet three inches only, and a very hard bottom on the bar, but on each side of the bar they found about nine feet and a soft bottom. Captain Holmes therefore decided not to run the risk of bringing his vessel in till the bar improves. We are glad to report that a practical man like Captain Holmes sounded the bar himself, as it proves that the Pilot’s soundings are to be relied on. The bar is not improving. At 6.30 a.m. on Thursday, at high water lack, there were only seven feet six inches of water.
The s.s. Storm Bird, Captain Doile, left Wellington at midnight on Wednesday; rounded Cape Palliser at 2.45 a.m. , with a N.E. wind; passed Castle Point at 2 p.m., and Cape Turnagain at 7.30 p.m.; sighted the s.s. Kiwi off Blackhead at anchor; rounded the Kidnappers at 4 o’clock this morning, and arrived at anchor at 6.30 a.m. She has experienced strong head winds throughout the passage. She has a full general cargo, principally transhipments from the Endymion from London, and the Albion from Melbourne. The Lydia Howard Troupe were passengers to Napier. We are indebted to the purser, Mr Dugdale, for prompt delivery of files and report.
The Silver Cloud is still detained in harbor, not being able to cross the bar. It has been suggested that Mr Vautier should dismantle her and lay her up, and have her fitted with offices for the Harbor Board.
QUEEN BEE WRECK. – JUDGMENT OF THE COURT.
The Queen Bee wreck inquiry concluded on Wednesday, judgment was given to the following effect: – (1.) That there had been want of proper navigation between the time of sighting the Spit light and the ship striking. (2.) That there was culpable neglect in not using the lead. (3.) That a bad look out was kept. The captain’s certificate was suspended for three years, and the second mate’s six months. The Court considered that the first mate erred in judgment as much as the captain, but the responsibility rested with the latter and the second mate, who was the officer of the watch at the time of the wreck.
MESSRS. Murray, Common and Co. report as follows : – Advices from home shew a rather firmer feeling in this industry generally, and the prospect for the auctions commencing this month is slightly more encouraging. It seems probable that if political influences do not disturb more than at present, the closing rates of last series will be firmly sustained. Cross-breds have not improved so much as other sorts, owing doubtless to the English wools keeping still low, but the fairs of the new clip have shewn some little improvement, which will probably increase.
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NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENT.
J.L. – Clause 22 of the Rating Act was complied with, as was also Clause 28. See DAILY TELEGRAPH of March 6, and April 5, 1877.
MURROW. – At Napier, on August 3rd, the wife of W.H. Murrow, of a son.
ALLARDICE – At Danevirk, on August 3, the wife of J. Allardice, of a son.
TYLER – At Waipawa, on August 4, the wife of Mr W. Tyler, of a son.
BISHOP. – On the 17th August, at Hastings, the wife of Thomas Bishop, of a son.
JONES. – At Napier, on the 19th August, the wife of Mr J.S. Jones, of a son.
McLEOD. – At Napier, on the 23rd August, the wife of Mr John McLeod, of a son.
TUPPER. – MORDACQUE. – On the 29th May last. At the church of St. Peter, Port Guernsey, by the Rev. R.J. Oxanne, M.A., Rector, uncle of the bridegroom, Henry De Lisle, youngest son of the late Henry Tupper (of Les Cotils), Esq.,to Florence Harriet, sixth daughter of the late Rev. H.L. Mordacque, Rector of Hastington, Lancashire.
WALLIS – BEAMISH. – At Okawa, on July 26, by the Rev. P.C. Anderson, Arthur Henry, second son of F Wallis, Esq., F.R.C.S., of Beshill [Bexhill], Sussex, to Jane, eldest daughter of N.E. Beamish, Esq., Okawa, Hawke’s Bay.
FLEMING – McKENZIE. – On July 27th, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. R. Fraser, Mr John Scott Fleming, of Blackhead, to Harriet Ruddiford, eldest daughter of Mr John McKenzie, of Tamumu.
MILLER – EDSER. – At Napier, on 28th July, R.M. Miller, late lieut. 33rd (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, to Mary J., youngest daughter of Mr.A. Edser.
VILLERS – McKAIN. – At Petane, on the 2nd August, at the residence of the bride’s mother, by the Rev. Father Reignier Mr Charles Villers, of Petane, to Robina, fourth daughter of the late Mr. James Buchanan McKain.
NEWMAN – BOSWELL – At Onga Onga, Ruataniwha, on the 9th August, by the Rev .J. C. Eccles, Mr James M. Newman, to Adaline Caroline, second daughter of Henry Boswell, Esq., of London.
LOVE – MERRYMAN. – At St. John’s Church, Napier, on the 11th August, by the Rev. D’Arcy Irvine, Mr George Love. of Hastings, to Emma, eldest daughter of the late Mr William Merryman, of Gloucestershire, England.
BROWN – BUCKINGHAM. – At the residence of the bride, on 21st August, by the Rev. D. Sidey, Mr Henry Brown, Gas Manager, to Sarah Ann Georgiana, only daughter of Mr. George Buckingham, Napier.
TRASK – At Wellington, on July 25, Thomas Trask, aged 86 years, father of J.H. Trask, Napier.
REID. – At the County Hospital, Napier, on the 1st August, Thomas Glen Reid, aged 26 years.
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