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Bolger, Edward Vincent (1845–1870)

Former advices from New Zealand brought the news that the steamer Tauranga had come into collision with a ketch, and that, as she was still missing, uneasiness was felt respecting her. The news brought yesterday by the Gothenburg gives a sad account of the fate of the steamer. A telegram from Nelson, dated August 9, states:–"It is now ascertained that the steamer Tauranga, Captain Bolger, was in collision with the coal ketch Enterprise, and foundered with all the passengers and crew on board–in all twenty-one souls. The Enterprise struck her near the engine compartment. It is believed she sank at once. Cries were heard a short distance from the spot where the collision took place. As we have formerly stated, the Enterprise crew got into the boat, and were afterwards picked up. The boat had no rowlocks, and she could not go to windward. The court of inquiry find that blame is attached to Willis, master of the ketch, for carrying no lights. This melancholy event has caused great sensation in Auckland."

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'Bolger, Edward Vincent (1845–1870)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 October 2020.

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Life Summary [details]


2 March 1845
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


August 1870
at sea

Cause of Death


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