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MARINE BOARD.

Thursday, October 6.

?Present-All the members. The Board met for the purpose of investigating the circumstances connected with damage receive;' by the brig Iserbrook. of Hamburg, which, after

taking in cargo for « ew Zealand, proceeded down the river on the 20:h August, under canvas, in charge of Mr. Pilot Martin. She anchored at Snapper Point the same evening, and remained there until the rooming of the 22nd, when she got under weigh and sailed to the Lightship. It was then found that she had five feet of water in her hold, and was making six inches per hour. In con sequence of this it was deemed advisable to return to the Port, where her cargo was discharged, and on the vessel being taken on the Slip it was found that she had a hole in her bottom, which had the appearance of having been made by the vessel settling on her anchor at low water. The captain, the first and second officers, two of the seamen, Air. G. W. Brown, Marine Surveyor, Mr. H. Quin, Harbour-Master, and Mr. Pilot Martin were severally examined at considerable length, and, after a careful consideration of the evidence, the Board arrived at the following con clusion :— '?The Board are of opinion that the injury sus tained by the brig Iserbrook was caused by her having touched upon an anchor when anchored off Snapper Point, and that from the depth of water where the vessel was anchored, and the draught of water of the vessel, that it appears pro bable that she grounded on her own anchor at low water. 'The Board in this instance give the pilot the benefit of the absence of any direct evidence of the vessel having actually touched on her own anchor, and are therefore unable to impose any punish mont in this case, but at the same time caution Mr. Pilot Alartin, and inform him that he has only escaped that pc.ialty the Board feel he would have merited had the charge been clearly proved.'

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