8 THE WEEKLY MERCURY.
21 – Mary Wadley, three-masted schooner, from Newcastle, N.S.W.
23 – Taupo, s.s., from Auckland via Tauranga and Gisborne. Passengers – Mrs. Williams, Miss Spencer, Revds. Williams and Spencer, Messrs Wilson, Maunsell, Irvine, Snodgrass, and two natives.
23 – Southern Cross, s.s., from Auckland. Passengers – Mesdames Wells and Casley, Messrs. Walpole, Bulmer, and Edwards.
23 – Columbia, schooner, from Lyttelton. Passengers – Mrs Conway, child and servant.
24 – Rotorua, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mesdames Spencer, White, two children and servant, Messrs Brydon, Smith, Chrisp, Price, McLean, White, Gelmour, Anderson, Locke, Wilson, Davie, Nichol, Harding, three steerage, and 41 for Auckland and Sydney.
24 – Saucy Kate, schooner, from Whangapoua.
25 – Sir Donald, s.s., from Gisborne via Portland Island. Passengers – Messrs. Feneran, Byrne, Orr, Berry, and two others.
26 – Rangatira, s.s., from Wellington. Passengers – Mrs. Anderson (2), Miss Cooper, Messrs. Taine, Speer, Price, Dowell, and Boon.
26 – Kiwi, s.s., from Wellington via Castle Point. Passengers – Mr Warnes, and five steerage.
27 – Fairy, s.s., from Waikari.
20 Storm Bird, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Miss Donnelly, Messrs Kember, Parker, Harris, Hill, Dally, Austin, McMann, Corcoran, and 4 in the steerage.
20 – Sir Donald, s.s., for Poverty Bay. Passengers – Messrs Finneran, Bond, Bryce, and Owen.
21- Kiwi, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mr George Cutts and two boys
22 – Maud Graham, schooner, for Picton.
23 – Taupo, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Miss Hart, Captain Russell, H.H.R., Messrs G. Ormond, A. Price, and Miller.
24 – Rotorua, s.s., for Auckland. Passengers – Mrs Fry and child, Messrs Wood and Dyer.
26 – Fairy, s.s., for Mohaka and Wakamahi. Passengers – several natives.
26 – Southern Cross, s.s., for Auckland. Passengers – Messrs. Tideman, Gouk, Sutton, and Guthry.
27 – Rangatira, s.s., for Wellington. Passengers – Mrs. Plante, Mrs. Brown (2), Miss Brown, Rev. Mr Brown, Rev. H.B. Redstone, Messrs. Buchanan, Byre, Simons, Hill, Skelley, and Skipper.
The three-masted schooner Mary Wadley arrived at the anchorage about 11 o’clock on Friday.
The Mary Wadley has made the passage from Newcastle in less time than she ever did before, viz., 8 days 23 hours.
The s.s. Kiwi, Captain Campbell, left at 4 o’clock on Friday. In crossing the bar, she grazed all the way, and once nearly stopped altogether. There was only eight feet of water, but the tides are just now very low.
From the Otago Daily Times we learn that the Helen Denny, Captain Ruth, had rather a rough passage from England to Otago this trip. On the 18th August, she reached the 77th meridian, and there the first of a succession of heavy gales caught her. It was a terrific blow from S.W., and raised a heavy sea, and after running as long as prudent, the barque was hove to for 14 hours under lower topsails. During the gale she shipped large quantities of water, and lost part of her top-gallant bulwarks. As the gale moderated she bore away, and on the 23rd she was assailed by another severe blow from the same quarter, and hove-to again under lower main-topsail goosewing, lower foretopsail, and the mizen [mizzen]. Whilst the hands were preparing to round her to they had their corns softened by a couple of big seas, which tumbled on board first over one rail and then over the other, as she rolled to it. The men were really washed about the deck by the water. That time she was hove-to 20 hours, and again on the 27th she had come to the wind for a few hours during the height of a severe N.W. gale. On the 287th she crossed the meridian of Cape Leeuwin, racing away with strong gales behind her; but on the 30th heave-to was again the word, when another very heavy N.W. gale assailed her. She lay to for 18 hours, and then made another stretch to the eastward; passed Tasmania on the 2nd instant, and was abreast of the Snares on the 6th, but not within sight of them, the weather being thick. There she fell in with the last of the heavy gales – a sneezer from S.W. – with terrific sea, and weathered it, hove-to for 24 hours. From a letter received from Captain Ruth last week, he expects to be in Napier in about a week.
The s.s. Taupo, Captain Carey, arrived at anchorage early on Sunday morning. She was immediately tendered by the Bella, and all the passengers landed. She discharged her cargo to the Three Brothers, and left a little before noon, and arrived at Wellington at 9 next morning.
The s.s. Southern Cross, Captain Holmes, arrived in the Bay at 3 p.m. on Sunday, having had a fair weather passage all down the coast. She has about half-a-dozen passengers, and about 40 tons of cargo, including a quantity of jams and fruit transhipped ex Bella Mary from Hobart Town. The Cross took sheep only this trip to Auckland. We must congratulate Captain Holmes, his officers and men, for the successful manner in which they deliver their different cargoes of live stock at the Thames and Auckland.
The schooner Columbia, Captain Conway, arrived in the Bay about 5 o’clock on Sunday. It being about half-flood tide at the time, and Captain Conway thinking he was going to be detained outside by the coming bad weather, took the bar on his own account, missing the proper channel. She grounded, and after being hit several times by the heavy seas, she eventually got over the bar and into deep water. At times her keel was almost visible, and some of the seas broke half way up her mainsail. Fortunately neither vessel or cargo sustained any damage. She is loaded with grain.
The Rotorua, Capt A. Kennedy arrived at the anchorage at 8.56 a.m. on Monday, having left Port Chalmers at 3.10 p.m. on the 21st; arrived at Lyttelton at 9.30 a.m. the following morning; left there at 5.45 p.m., and reached Wellington at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday; resumed her voyage at 1.15 p.m., and arrived here as above, and left again for Auckland and Sydney at 11.30 a.m., after landing a large number of passengers, and discharging about 10 tons of cargo to the Bella. The Rotorua had light winds and fine weather to Lyttelton; experienced light winds with dense fog off the Kaikouras to Wellington; from there stormy head winds to arrival here. We have much pleasure in informing our readers that Captain A. Kennedy, so long and favorably known on the New Zealand coast, is now in command of the Rotorua, but whether permanently or not we cannot say. We are indebted to Mr Pringle, purser, for the above report.
At high water slack on Tuesday the Pilot found only about seven feet on the bar.
On Monday the pilot crew had a very narrow escape of being swamped. Pilot Kraeft was rounding the bar, when a sea broke on board and filled the boat to the thwrt [thwart]. Fortunately the crew had just time to back her astern, or the next sea would have swamped the boat. The only inconvenience felt was that the crew got a good ducking.
The advanced state of the Harbor Works ought now to prove if they are going to be of any service to the port. From the present state, it is exceedingly doubtful.
The s.s. Sir Donald returned from Poverty Bay on Tuesday with a few passengers. In passing Portland Island, a signal was made for the steamer to call. Captain Watson lowered his boat, and embarked two passengers, who have been working at the Lighthouse.
The s.s. Rangatira, Captain Evans, left Wellington at 12.30 a.m. on Tuesday; experienced calm sea and light winds throughout the passage, arriving in the roadstead at 1 a.m. on Wednesday; rounded Cap Palliser at 4.30 a.m. on Tuesday; Castle Point at 12.30 p.m.; Turnagain at 4.30 p.m.; Kidnappers at 11.30 p.m., anchoring as above stated. Crossed the bar on Wednesday at 7 a.m., and was safely moored at the breastwork at 7.30. She brings about 100 tons general cargo, principally tea, ex Ocean, from China. She also had on board a very handsome Shetland pony for Mr. McLean. We are indebted to Mr. Dugdale, purser, late of the s.s. Storm Bird, for report, but he had no late files, none having been given him in Wellington.
The s.s. Kiwi, Captain J. Campbell, left Wellington on Tuesday, with the barque Edward Basset in tow till 9 p.m.; at 10 a.m. next morning arrived at Castle Point; discharged cargo, and left at 1 p.m., arriving in the roadstead at 4 o’clock on Wednesday. She experienced fine weather throughout the passage. On her return to Wellington, she will be taken on the slip and a thorough overhaul made, having been running now four months without examination.
Mr Nancarrow, Inspector of Steamers, was to arrive here by the Hawea on Friday.
The s.s. Fairy left on Wednesday with a full cargo for the Coast.
The Union Company’s s.s. Rotorua, Capt. A. Kennedy, made the passage to Auckland from this port in 35 hours, having arrived there at 10 o’clock on Wednesday.
The s.s. Fairy returned from Mohaka and Waikari at 3 o’clock on Thursday, having been unable even to anchor at the former place, and succeeding in landing only one boat load at Waikari.
The s.s. Rangatira left the breastwork at 8.15 on Thursday. She had a fair complement of passengers, and a little cargo. She also took in about 15 tons ballast to trim. We notice this vessel is for the future going to be steered from the bridge. Captain Evans expects the necessary stand and wheel chain to be fixed this trip in Wellington.
The s.s. Kiwi followed the Rangatira, and Captain Campbell anchored his vessel in the Bay, and proceeded to Castle Point and Wellington at 3 p.m. She has cargo for the former place not landed on the upward trip.
The brigantine Enterprise, Captain Mundle (well-known in Napier) from Kaipara bound for Lyttelton with a cargo of timber, ran in to port at 10 last night, through stress of weather. On crossing the Kaipara bar on the 14th, with a fresh N.W. breeze and heavy seas, her head-board and rails, several stanchions, &c., were carried away. At midnight, the wind being very strong from W.S.W. and high sea, a portion of the starboard bulwarks were carried away; thence had variable weather till noon on the 17th, when she anchored under Mana Island, blowing hard from the southward. At 6 a.m. yesterday, got underweigh with a light W.N.W. breeze, lasting till half across the Strait, and then shifting to a strong S.W.; this lasted only a few hours, dying away to a calm; at 5 p.m. a stiff S.E. breeze sprang up, and the vessel was headed for Wellington, arriving as above. The weather encountered is described as something terrific, and Captain Mundle had a very narrow escape from being washed overboard. At one time all hands, with the exception of the captain (who was at the wheel), were aloft, when a tremendous sea broke aboard, almost burying her. The crew could not see anything beneath them but the foaming sea, and fully expected the skipper had been washed overboard, but on descending found he had with great difficulty held on to the wheel. – Wellington paper.
Since the Rangatira was here great improvements and additions have been made in her, a brief description of which will no doubt be interesting to our readers. She has been fitted with a new boiler and a pair of new compound engines, of 70 horse-power nominal, the whole having been executed at Mr Mill’s Lion Foundry, under the Superintendent of Mr Seagar, foreman. The work reflects great credit upon those engaged in it, and will be another additional proof that any work connected with steam now can be done in the colony without sending home or to Australia. In addition to the above a new three bladed propeller (Griffith’s patent) has been fitted, a foot larger in diameter than the late one, which is expected to give her an additional two knots an hour more. She will also not burn as much fuel by ten tons a day as formerly. This alone is a considerable saving.
The saloon accommodation has been considerably increased and improved, Messrs Coffey and Dixon having been the contractors for the upholstery work. We need not say that everything has been done by the above firms in their usual creditable manner, the cushions on the seats and sides of the dining saloon being of horse hair and covered with green velvet pile. Fourteen enclosed births [berths] for gentlemen have been fitted in her and there is open birth [berth] accommodation for twelve men in the saloon. The ladies saloon has not been interfered with, except with new fittings, and decoration, neither has the sitting room for the ladies on deck, or the smoking room for gentle-men, been altered.
The owners, the N.Z.S.S. Company, deserve great credit for the enterprise shown in fitting the Rangatira as they have. We should imagine it has cost fully £6000 to complete her. Capt Evans is in command, Mr Berriman, chief officer; Mr Greenwood engineer and Mr Dugdale purser.
LOSS OF A FISHING BOAT. – THREE LIVES LOST.
The loss of a fishing boat at Wellington with three men drowned occurred last week. The fishing boat Saucy Lass arrived at the pilot station, partially disabled, with loss of sails, and other damage, having made the station with great difficulty and danger. The crew came ashore, leaving their boat, as she was unable in her state to beat up harbor in the teeth of the N.W. gale then blowing, and walked up to town, when they brought the sad news that another fishing boat, the Bluebell, which had been in company with them, had been capsized in Cook’s Straits on her way from Port Underwood. All hands were lost. It appears that four fishing boats – the Bluebell, Saucy Lass, Florence, and Garibaldi, left this harbor on Sunday morning last, the company bound for the fishing grounds of Port Underwood. They arrived all right; after a couple of days’ fishing the Bluebell and Saucy Lass started together on their return voyage for Wellington; yesterday morning they had strong westerly breeze abeam, and were making good progress, the Saucy Lass drawing ahead of her companion. Both had come about half way across the strait, and the Saucy Lass was leading by about a mile, when her crew, looking back for the Bluebell, found that she had disappeared suddenly. They at once put back at considerable peril, as it was blowing hard at the time. The wind rapidly increasing to a heavy gale, they looked about some time, looking anxiously for some sign of their comrades, but nothing was to be seen. After a long search they were forced to the conclusion that the boat must have capsized and gone down instantly. All hands must have perished. They then shaped their course for the pilot station, and arrived as above. The names of the three men who were lost in the Bluebell were Jeremiah Hay, an Englishman, aged about 30; Giorgio Domenic, an Italian, aged 35; Charles Amile, a Frenchman, aged 24. All unmarried. The Bluebell was a boat of only about four tons’ size, much too small for it to be safe for her to run across the stormy strait, in this rough weather.
POST OFFICE NOTICE.
For the undermentioned places every Monday, and Thursday, at 5.30 a.m. –
Clive, Hastings, Havelock, Te Aute, Kaikora, Waipawa, Waipukurau, Danevirk [ Dannevirke ], Norsewood, Tahoarite [ Tahoraiti ], Woodville, Foxton, Palmerston, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington and Southern Provinces, &c., Wallingford, Porangahau, Wanui [ Wainui ], and Castle Point.
On the other days of the week, mails close as usual, at 6.30 a.m.
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENT.
ENQUIRER. – There is no necessity to publish your letter. You are quite right in saying a run in Hawke’s Bay, that might have been considered in 1867 worth £1000 to £1500 a year, would not have been valued at more than £500 a year in 1870. There was nothing inconsistent in Mr. Ormond saying, in 1867, that the Te Aute estate would let at from £1000 to £1500 a year, and, in 1870, assisting to value the property at £500 a year. In 1870 it cost more to grow wool than what it would fetch in the market. In 1867 wool-growing was not believed to be an unprofitable industry. In 1872 the wool market revived.
BOGGS. – At Napier, on September 20, the wife of Mr. George Boggs, of a son.
NEAL. – At Napier, on September 24, the wife of Mr H. Neal, of a daughter.
GARNER. – At Napier, on September 24, the wife of F.W. Garner, of a son.
UDALL. – At the Napier Hospital, on September 21, of consumption, Thomas Udall, aged 49 years.
MR. R. C. WILSON,
SURGEON AND MECHANICAL DENTIST.
SADDLER & HARNESSMAKER
The Cheapest House in the Trade.
The Weekly Mercury
HAWKE’S BAY ADVERTISER.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1877.
THE long looked-for want of confidence motion has been tabled at last, in the shape of Mr. Larnach’s motion – “That this House disapproves of the action of the Government in continuing to publish the Waka Maori newspaper at the public expense, in defiance of a vote of the House, and in allowing its columns to be used for the publication of libellous matter.” It is stated by our correspondent that this motion took the Government by surprise, but some such expression of disapproval has been expected by the country since the opening of the session. It was impossible for the Ministry to believe that the Opposition would entirely overlook their utter disregard of a resolution of the House, and a motion embodying direct censure, could only be accepted as one of want of confidence. It is probable, however, that the existence of the Waka Maori might have been ignored had it not have made itself so prominent of late, and put the country