|Description:||BOT Wreck Report for 'Ditton', 'Port Crawford' and 'Peebleshire', 1902|
|Creator:||Board of Trade|
|Copyright:||Out of copyright|
"DITTON," "PORT CRAWFORD," AND "PEEBLESHIRE."
Department of Navigation,
12th June, 1902.
THE following is the decision of the Court of Marine Inquiry, held at Newcastle, New South Wales, before His Honor Judge ROGERS, assisted by ARTHUR HAY and DAVID BANKS CARVOSSO, Assessors, into the circumstances attending the collision between the British ship "DITTON" (official number 97,883), in tow of the British steamship "CHAMPION," and the British ships "PORT CRAWFORD" (official number 87,396), and "PEEBLESHIRE" (official number 82,276), which occurred at the North Harbour buoy in Newcastle Harbour on 4th April, 1902.
NORMAN C. LOCKHART,
That the British ship "Ditton," in tow of the British steamship "Champion," and the British ships "Port Crawford" and "Peebleshire," were in collision at the North Harbour buoy in Newcastle Harbour on the 4th day of April, 1902.
That by such collision the British ships "Ditton," "Port Crawford," and "Peebleshire," suffered serious damage.
That such collision was apparently caused by the failure to let go either the port or the starboard anchor of the "Ditton" at the time the order to do so was given by the pilot.
Considering that the "Ditton" was a very long ship in ballast, drawing about 13 ft. 6 ins. aft and 13 ft. forward, seeking, in squally southerly weather, to enter a port such as Newcastle, which was at the time considerably crowded with shipping, the omission to have the services of a second tug was a grave error of judgment.
Dated this 1st day of May, 1902.
F. E. ROGERS,
(Issued in London by the Board of Trade on the 5th day of August, 1902.)
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