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Wreck report for 'Christina Frazer', 1927

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Unique ID:14013
Description:Board of Trade wreck report for 'Christina Frazer', 1927.
Creator:UK Board of Trade
Date:1927
Copyright:Out of copyright
Partner:SCC Libraries
Partner ID:Unknown

Transcription

FOR OFFICIAL USE.

(No. 7845.)

"CHRISTINA ERASER" (S.S.).

NEW SOUTH WALES NAVIGATION ACT, 1901.

IN THE COURT OF MARINE INQUIRY

AT SYDNEY.
No. 3 of 1927

DECISION OF THE COURT.

In the matter of a Formal Inquiry held at Sydney before His Honour Judge Cohen, assisted by Captain Charles Victor Wood and Mr. Marcus Mingay Osborne, Assessors, into the circumstances attending the stranding of the British ship "Christina Fraser," on Jibbon Bumbora, on the 7th March, 1927.

The Court having carefully inquired into the circumstances attending the above-mentioned shipping casualty comes to the decision following:—

1. The British ship "Christina Fraser," official number 152012, stranded on Jibbon Bumbora on the 7th March, 1927, whilst on a voyage from Sydney to Bulli, and serious damage was caused to the vessel.

2. The "Christina Fraser" was well found and provided with the necessary life-saving appliances.

3. There was a strong S.S.E. wind, the sea was rough with a heavy swell, and there were heavy rain squalls. The visibility was poor.

4. The Court finds that there was negligent navi gation both on the part of the master and the mate.

5. The Court considers that the master should have satisfied himself of his position off Macquarie Light before handing the vessel over to the mate, and should under the conditions have kept himself cognisant of the position of the vessel during the voyage.

6. The Court considers that the mate was negligent in not calling the master when he saw the conditions off Botany Heads, and that he himself took no steps to find out the exact position of the ship. The Court also considers that in altering the course he did not make proper allowance for the state of the weather.

The Court orders that the certificates of competency of the said Peter John Petersen as Master of a Coast Trade Ship, No. 629, dated 18th June 1885, issued by the Marine Board of N.S.W., and of the said William Keir, as First Mate of a Foreign-going Steamship, No. 0014310, dated 24th October, 1924, and issued by the Board of Trade, Southampton, be suspended for a period of two months from the date of the stranding, 7th March, 1927.

Dated at Sydney this 29th day of April, 1927.

JOHN J. COHEN, Judge.

(Issued by the Board of Trade in London

on Friday, the 8th day of July, 1927.)


LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY HIS MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.

To be purchased directly from H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE at the following addresses:

Adastral House. Kingsway, London, W.C. 2; 120, George Street, Edinburgh;

York Street. Manchester; 1, St. Andrew's Crescent, Cardiff;

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or through any Bookseller.


1927.

Price 2d. Net.


Printed under the authority of HIS MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE

by Henderson & Spalding Ltd., Camberwell, London, S.E. 15.

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