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against theorque ; ab septembe
to blame for reckless navigation. Certificate suspended for three months.
411. Lady of the Lake, schooner ; lost at sea, July 30, 1879. Inquiry held at Sydney, August 11, 1879. No evidence on which to found a charge against the master.
412. Emily Mc Laren, barque ; abandoned at sea, August 16, 1879. Naval Court held at Valparaiso, September, 1879. Abandonment justifiable.
413. Ananda, s.s. ; boiler burst, May 28, 1879, off Palo Jerajah. Inquiry held September 4, 1879, at Penang. Master and officers found in default, and were punished as follows :Master's certificate suspended for three months; chief officer's certificate suspended for three months ; chief engineer's certificate suspended for six months; second engineer's certificate cancelled.
414. Windward, schooner; stranded on the Three Hummock island, July 2, 1879. Inquiry held at Stanley, July 24, 1879. Master guilty of want of caution. Certificate suspended for three months.
415. Charlotte Gladstone, ship; abandoned at sea. Inquiry held at Cape Town, September 5, 1879. Abandonment justifiable. Master's certificate returned.
418. Urania, s.s. ; Naval Court held at Gijon, October 11, 1879, to inquire into the alleged unseaworthiness of the vessel. Court held that she was only sufficiently seaworthy to return to England in ballast for repairs. Owner condemned in costs of inquiry.
419. Chefoo, S.s.; grounded off Ochsen island, August 19, 1879. Naval Court held September 1, 1879. Master guilty of an error of judgment, and was reprimanded.
420. Clifford, brigantine; lost on the island of Gracioza, September 23, 1879. Inquiry held at Fayal, October 13, 1879. Chief mate to blame (uncertificated); ordered to pay costs of inquiry.
SOUTH AFRICA, WEST COAST.
[WE publish for the information of mariners navigating the South West Coast of South Africa the following important information which has been officially forwarded to us.] Commodore RICHARDS, R.N., to Governor Sir H. B. E. FRERE,
Bart., G.C.B., G.C.S.I.
Boadicea, in Simon's Bay, 2nd October, 1879. SIR,—I have the honour to forward herewith for your Excellency's information, a copy of a letter with Track Chart from Commander Caffin, R.N., reporting having experienced a strong indraught between Cape Hanglip and Danger Point, on his passage from Simon's Town to Durban in the hired transport Natal, on the 19th ult., which appears to be of sufficient importance to warrant its publication in the Government Gazette for the information of masters of vessels.--I have the honour to be,
Your Excellency's most obedient servant,
(Signed) FRED. W. RICHARDS, To His Excellency
Commodore. The Right Hon. Sir BARTLE FRERE, Bart., G.C.B., &c., &c.
HYDROGRAPHIC INFORMATION REPORTING STRONG INDRAUGHT BETWEEN CAPE HANGLIP AND DANGER POINT, CAPE COLONY,
H.M.'s Hired Transport, Natal,
Durban, 24th September, 1879. Captain Guy 0. Twiss, R.N.,
Principal Transport Officer, Durban. Sir,—I have the honour to report that at 7 a.m. on the morning of the 19th instant, I passed Cape Hanglip, bearing E. by N. N. (mag.) four miles distant and shaped S.S.E. course (mag.) to pass seven miles outside the Birkenhead Rock, off Danger Point, but shortly afterwards it became very thick and raining, and prevented the land being seen until a sudden change at 9.30 enabled our position to be obtained by cross bearings, when we found we had experienced an easterly set of four miles in the two hours and a half, and had we continued in the same course, experiencing the same rate of set, we should have barely cleared the “ Birkenhead” Rock. The wind at the time was west, force 4, with a long S.W., swell, ship steaming with fore-and-aft sails set, at the rate of seven knots. I was quite satisfied that the deviation of compass was correct, and having been on deck very frequently, had satisfied myself that the course was correctly steered. I consider it most important that this should be made known, as in all probability the Birkenhead, Clyde and Celt owe their loss to the same indraught. Again Captain Gilbert, master of this ship, reports to me that on the 11th May he passed Danger Point, distant four miles, in daylight, and a smooth sea, no wind, and shaped a course S.E. by 8. (mag.) to pass the Quoin Point the same distance, and after an hour and a half, ship steaming at the rate of eight knots an hour, he was astonished to find the low land off Quoin Point nearly a-head.
I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant, (Signed) CRAWFORD CAFFIN,
Comm. R.N. and Transport Officer Afloat. Naval Transport Office, Durban, 25th September, 1879.
ROYAL NAVAL RESERVES.—We have to notify the fact that Rear-Admiral H.R.H, the Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., has relieved Vice-Admiral Phillimore as Superintendent of the Royal Naval Reserves, and that Captain Whyte, late Flag-Captain at Plymouth, is appointed as Flag-Captain to His Royal Highness to carry on business at the office in Spring Gardens, while the Superintendent is absent on inspecting duty. The despatch vessel Lively is being fitted for service as the Admiral's tender, in lieu of the Hawk hitherto employed. We do not know whether this appointment has any special significance, but we may anticipate that the Duke will, with that thoroughness which has characterised his naval service, introduce some necessary reforms in regard to the coastguard, and further the development of the Royal Naval Reserve establishment, so as to bring into closer relations the Royal and Mercantile Marine Services. His Royal Highness's important position as Master of the Trinity House would seem to point to this as an appropriate tield for his labours.
INDEX TO VOL. XLVIII.
490, 529, 608
find the ... ... ... 597,
Wind when Sailing ...
522, 856, 941
and Motions of... ... 203,
Causes of ..
Cargoes... ...514, 680, 813, 1017
America, Proposed ...
Yenisei Rivers ... ... ... 218
passes of Iron Ships ... ... 102
Balmoral, Case of the ... 421, 507
Patches ... 959, 1038, 1042
Hudson's Bay ... ... ... 728
bus ... ... ... 457, 934
Collision 44, 700, 803, 888, 1040, 1043
Calcutta, Storm Signals at ... 912
Danish Vessels, Tonnage of ... 108
Ship ... ... ... 780, 1029
Maritime Purposes ... ... 373
680, 843, 1017
Fees for Shipping and Discharge... 54
duced ... ... ... 911
436, 533, 618, 720, 805, 890, 974, 1052
War Parposes ... ...
*.1, 849, 939
tendent ... ... .. .
Methods in ... ... 130, 241
Great Bank ... 959, 1038, 1042
Traversing and Training
Havre, Port of ... ... ... 409
... 597, 958
c. 148, 166
North America... ... ... 728
Panama Canal, The Proposed
Terms 24, 212, 339, 343, 426, 697