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The New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator, Wednesday, December 15, 1841

Boat Accident and loss of Life

Boat Accident, and loss of Life.—

Coglan’s boat, heavily laden with timber, with Mr. Dunn, a gentleman who had occasionally officiated here in the absence of an authorised minister of the Protestant Church, and four hands, left the River Hutt on Saturday afternoon for Wellington. When about half-way across, she encountered a sudden squall from the S.E., and it was supposed, foundered. Every search has been made for the bodies, but up to this time, without avail. Mr. Dunn was highly respected here, and has left a widow and an infant to mourn his untimely death. Coglan, also, has left a widow. We have not heard yet who the other parties were.