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OUR OFFICIAL LOG.

OFFICIAL INQUIRIES AT HOME, 1878. 361. Commissariat, 8.8.; iron; built at Whiteinch in 1870; owned by Mr. A. M. Davidson and others, of Newcastle ; tonnage, 631 ; Shields to Swinemunde ; coals; lost near the Skaw, December 6, 1878. Inquiry held at Newcastle, February 21, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner ; Powell and Nicolas, N.A. Casualty due to an error of judgment on the part of the master. Certificate returned.

368. State of Louisiana, s.s.; iron; built on the Clyde in 1872; owned by the State Ship Company; tonnage, 1,216 ; Glasgow to New York; general cargo, and passengers ; lost on Hunter's Rock at the entrance of Larne Harbour, December 24, 1878. Inquiry held at Glasgow, January 16, 1879, before Baker and McCallum, J.P.; Hight and Forster, N.A. Casualty due to a strong tide setting the vessel on the rock, and the buoy on Hunter's Rock not being in position. Master's certificate returned.

370. Debonair, wood; built at Ardrossan, 1877 ; owned by Mr. L. Molloy and others, of Greenock; tonnage, 82; Bilbao to Glasgow; iron ore; stranded at White Hole, near Carnsore Point, December 29, 1878. Inquiry held at Wexford, January 16, 1879, before Ryan, J.P.; Knox and Wilson, N.A. Accident due to an error of judgment on the part of the master in mistaking Coningbeg light (which had been recently altered from a fixed to a flashing light) for the Tuskar. Certificate returned.

371. King Arthur, ship; built at West Hartlepool, 1861; owned by Mr. T. Harrison and others, of Liverpool; tonnage, 1,211; Charleston to Liverpool ; cotton ; lost in Bandow Bay, December 31, 1878. Inquiry held at Liverpool, January 30, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner; Forster and Wilson, N.A. Master in default for steering in too close proximity to the land from the Old Head of Kinsale. Certificate suspended for six months, and recommended for one as mate during that period.

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missioner; Forster and Wilson, N.A. Master justified in cutting away masts when obliged to anchor, but committed error of judgment in steering the courses he did. Certificate returned with a caution.

378. Schiehallion, barque ; built at Dundee, 1869 ; owned by Mr. W. Savill and others; tonnage, 602 ; Auckland to London; lost near Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight, January 13, 1879. Inquiry held at Westminster, February 5, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner ; Aplin and Curling N.A. Master to blame for not taking steps to verify his position, and for not using the lead. Certificate suspended for six months.

379. Linguist, ship; built at Sunderland, 1874 ; owned by Mr. Thos. Harrison and others, of Liverpool ; tonnage, 1,534 ; Liverpool to a port in the East ; salt; foundered off Cape Clear, January 11, 1879. Inquiry held at Liverpool, before Rafiles, Stip. Mag.; Forster and Wilson, N.A. Casualty caused by certain spars breaking adrift on deck which stove in the coamings of the main hatchway, and from shipping large quantities of water which caused her to heel over on her beam ends and eventually founder.

381. Union, iron ship; built at Whiteinch, 1859; owned by Mr. W. Gunn, of Granton ; tonnage, 188; damaged by an explosion of coal gas, January 12, 1879. Inquiry held at Newcastle, February 20, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner ; Powell and Nicolas, N.A. Explosion caused by an entire want of ventilation through the hatches being battened down, and by the cook striking a match in the lazarette.

382. Norman, 8.8.; built at Sunderland, 1877 ; owned by Mr. H. Clapham and others, of Newcastle ; tonnage, 583; St. Nazaire to Newport ; ballast ; lost on Etoce Rock, off Penmarch, Coast of France, January 13, 1879. Inquiry held at South Shields, January 31, 1879, before Yorke, Stip. Mag. ; Holt and Beasley, N.A. Master exonerated from blame.

383. Loch Sunart; iron; built at Glasgow, 1878; owned by James Aitken and others; tonnage, 1,231 ; Glasgow to Melbourne ; general cargo; lost on Skulmartin Rock, January 11, 1879. Inquiry held at Glasgow, February 10, 1879, before Cowan and Kennedy, J.P.; Powell and Ward, N.A. Master in default in not using the lead, and for leaving the deck without leaving an officer in charge. Certificate suspended for nine months. Mate also to blame for not reporting Skulmartin Perch. Certificate suspended for three months.

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384. General Caulfield, barque ; built on the Tyne in 1859; owned by Smith & Co., North Shields ; tonnage, 646 ; New York to Queenstown ; wheat; lost in Courtmacsherry Bay, January 12, 1879. Inquiry held at South Shields, February 5, 1879, before Yorke, Stip. Mag. ; Holt and Beasley, N.A. Master exonerated from blame.

386. Savannah, barque; built at Bath, State of Maine, 1864 ; tonnage, 786 ; Shields to Marseilles ; coals ; lost near Beauduc, Coast of France, January 4, 1879. Inquiry held at Newcastle, February 17, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner; Powell and Nicolas, N.A. Master to blame for mistaking the fixed light at Faraman for the revolving one at Planier, and for not having supplied himself with reliable charts. Certificate suspended for six months. Mate also blameworthy, but certificate not dealt with.

387. H. A. Brightman, s.s.; iron; built on the Tyne, 1869 ; owned by Mr. Thos. Sutton and another; tonnage, 850 ; Tyne to Alexandria; coals; stranded near Staithes, and afterwards foundered, January 17, 1879. Inquiry held at South Shields, February 11, 1879, before Yorke, Stip. Mag. ; Holt and Beasley, N.A. Master found in default for careless navigation. Certificate suspended for twelve months.

389. Cleopas, barque ; built at Sunderland, 1869 ; owned by Mr. H. Darling and others; tonnage, 345 ; Liverpool to Tyne ; salt; lost on Barnard Sand, North Sea, January 13, 1879. Inquiry beld at Newcastle, February 15, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner; Powell and Nicolas, N.A. Mate and second mate in default for pot reporting the state of the weather to the master, and also for allowing the vessel to run to windward of her course. Neither of these officers held certificates of competency.

390. Hellespont, s.s.; iron ; built at Middlesboro', 1873; owned by Messrs. Young and others, of Cardiff ; tonnage, 859 ; Cardiff to Port Said ; coals ; abandoned off Cape Finisterre, January 9, 1879. Inquiry held at Cardiff, February 14, 1879, before Jones, Stip. Mag. ; Aplin and Castle, N.A. Casualty due to stress of weather, and no blame attached to master or officers.

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391. David Malcolm, barque; built at Moulmein, 1839; owned by Mr. J. S. Rogers and the master ; tonnage, 509; Tyne to Motril ; coals; stranded on Whitby Rock, January 17, 1879. Inquiry held at Newcastle, February 19, 1879, before Rothery, Wreck Commissioner ; Powell and Nicolas, N.A. Casualty caused by the master not setting proper courses, and neglecting to use the lead, also for remaining below under the influence of liquor when the state of the weather should have caused him to attend to the safety of his ship. The mate also to blame for neglecting to remain on deck during his watch, and for being intoxicated. Master's and mate's certificates each suspended for twelve months.

392. Hagar; wood; built at Chester, 1857 ; owned by Mr. D. Daniel ; tonnage, 122 ; London to Brest; guano ; lost on the Porsal Rock, Coast of France, January 20, 1879. Inquiry held at Liverpool, February 13, 1879, before Raffles, Stip. Mag.; Forster and Wilson, N.A. Casualty due to the vessel having been navigated with an insufficient chart. Master's certificate returned.

393. Annie, brigantine ; built at Salcombe, county of Devon, 1867; owned by Mr. R. H. Sladen and others; tonnage, 242; Bahia to Queenstown; sugar; lost on Salcombe Bar, January 16, 1879. Inquiry held at Plymouth, February 14, 1879, before James, Jackson and Moore, Justices ; Pickard and Hight, N.A. Master in default. Certificate suspended for three months.

393. Corcyra, s.s.; iron; built in 1862; owned by Messrs. Murphy and others of Dublin ; tonnage, 494 ; Glasgow to Cardiff ; ballast; stranded on the Horse Rock, Ramsay Sound, January 19, 1879. Inquiry held at Swansea, February 10, 1879, before Fowler, Stip. Mag. ; Pickard and Jones, N.A. Master was held to be to blame and was censured.

394. Helen, barque ; built in the United States, 1857; owned by Messrs. Cookson, of Liverpool; tonnage, 239; Liverpool to West Coast of Africa ; general cargo; stranded off Rosslare, Wexford, January 21, 1879. Inquiry held at Liverpool, February 22, 1879, before Raffles, Stip. Mag.; Forster and Wilson, N.A.

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