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HOLYHEAD. THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE SHAMROCK AND HANNAH. An inquiry, directed by the Board of Trade, into the collision between the express boat Shamrock, belongiag to the London and North Western Railway Company, and the schooner Hannah, of Carnarvon, was held on Monday in this town before Mr llothpry (wreck com- missioner), with Rear-Admiral Pritchard, Captain. Parfitt and Harland, as assessors. Mr Muir Mackenzie (barrister) appeared for the Board of Trade; Captain Dent, R. N., and Mr H. M. Preston, for the London and North Western Railway Company; Mr J. W. Hughes (Bangor) for the Bangor Mutual Ship Insurance Society; and Mr C. H. Reea (Carnarvon) for the master and crew of tbe Hannah. Mr Muir Mackenzie said the inquiry related to a collision which occurred between the steamship Sham, rock and the sailing -hip Hannah, 82 tois, the manag. ing owner of which was Mr Robert Newton, Carnarvon. On the 5.h October the Hmnah left Runcorn for Yarmouth with a cargo of 140 toca of salt, her crew being four hands all told, Hugh Jones being the master. On the evening of Octob-r 7th she was (ff the Anglesey coast, the wind beir;g E.N.E., and the night rather dark. About one o'clock in the morning, whilst some of the crew were in tbe act of loosening one of the sails, the master being at the wheel, the mate cried out that a steamer was close upon them, and before they could do anything more than shout the Shamrock raa the schooner down. Of the fnur hands all were drowned except one named Scott. The Shamrock left Dublia for Holyhead with 83 passengers and a crew of 42 hands all told, and all went well until she was about two miles from Holyhead breakwater, her course being S.E. by three-quarters E., there being a lo -koiit on the bridge-one on the port side, one on the starboard side, and another in the middle. Apparently the night was such that lights could be seen-the Holyhead and Stack lights being plainly visible. The lookout on the port side saw a vessel clise undfr her pert bow, and it was also seen by the second officer, who w.o in charge. The position of the two vessels at the time of the collision was about two and "half N.W. hy W. of Holy- head breakwater light. After the collision the Sham- rock stopoed and reversed, the life boat was immedi- ately lowered, and everything done to save life, but only one man was rescued. One of the chiaf questions for consideration would be as to the lights on the Hannah. It would come out ill evidenc-i that she was supplied with lamps, which were trimmed at 6 o'clock in the evening, the port lamp, which afterwards went out, being again trimmed later on. The captain and mate of a tugboat, which was cruising about, would state that when about half a mile from the breakwater light they saw a green light and the masthead light of a steamer, close to which Whs the green light of a sailing ship. Presently they raw the red light of a steamer, and could no longer see the green light of the sailing ship. Bailin9:l spe"tt, the only hand who was sned, said that they were all on Seek at the time of the collision, the master being at the win el. The lookout cried out My God, that steamer is close enough to U8.' They all turned round and shouted, and the mate ran to the boat, which he called Out, WRS smashed, but the s,eaeoer immediatelv ran them down. A heavy sea washed witness away from the deck, and he was eventually picked up by the Shamrock's boat. The Hannah, ten minutes at leac-t before the collision, bad her two side- lights burning, and they had that evening been trimmed by the master. The port lamp bal "ne "IJt tihortly before the collision, and was re-trimmed an 1 put up again by the master. The side- ways in the starboard gangway.—This witness was com plimented by the commissionr r 111'011 the very straight, forward manner in which be hid given hie evidence. Captain Rae, master of the Shamrock, who has been sixteen years in command of t I- Company e vesse ls, said that the night was stormy, the wind blowing freshly from the east. At the time of the collision be and the second efficer were on the lower bridge, there being on the lookout a quartermaster :n the centre and another on the port and starboard side. The steamer, which was shipping too much water to per. mit a lookout on the upper bridge, was going about eleven knots, and the breakwater lights were clearly visible. Upon seeing the Hannah close under the port bow, he telegraphed for the engines to be stopped, and the 8tet::Ier was brought to a dead stand. The collision immediately followed the boat was lowered, and being unable to find anyone came back, but put out again on hearing the cry, and, after half an hour's delay, picked up Scott. No light was visible on the schooner, which was not run down stem end, but had her starboard side knocked out by the paddle wheel. The night was as 'dark as the rav": and he saw no one on board the schooner's deck.—John Green, second officer of the Shamrock, said that bearing shouts followed by a smash, he ran to the telegraph, but found that Captain Rae had besn there before him.—William-