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The Oamaru Times first published February 25 1864, a full-sized Weekly. Printed and Published by the Proprietors, Frank Pinkerton & Co. at their Office, Wansbeck Street, Oamaru, in the Colony of New Zealand. Printed on Thursday mornings, in time for the morning's post.
February 25 1864 The schooner, Mary Jane, J. Pearson, Master, piles regularly between Dunedin and Oamaru.
Port of Oamaru Arrivals. Feb, 17. City of Dunedin, 327 tons, Boyd, from Dunedin and intermediate ports, with passengers and cargo.
Feb. 20. Maid of Yarra, s.s., from Dunedin, general cargo.
Feb. 22. William Miskin, s.s. 73 tons, Master F.J. Wilson, from Dunedin, with cargo and passengers.
Spec, from Dunedin, with cargo.
Midlothian, from Dunedin, with cargo.
Port of Dunedin
(no passenger or Captain's names listed)
March 3 1864
Regular steam communication between Dunedin, Oamaru, Lyttelton and other northern ports. The fine powerful paddle steamers.
City of Dunedin, 327 tons register. Captain J.P. Boyd;
Geelong, 137 Tons, Register, Captain T. Turnbull. The Geelong has just undergone a thorough overhaul and had her Cabins enlarged.
A very valuable and well-selected lot of grouse, pheasants, and wild rabbits has just been shipped from the Clyde for Southland, N.Z. by the Grassmere, the grouse being the gift of W.C. Boutine Graham, Esq., of Gartmore; the pheasants presented by Mr McLeod, Mr McLean and Mr McDowall, of Johnstone; the rabbits by Messrs McOuat, Ardmore, and Weir, Cawder House. In addition to the above, an assortment of the songsters of the wood has been sent by the same ship, including goldfinches, linnets, larks, thrushes, and starlings. The greatest care was taken by the home agent in shipment, and Messrs Patrick Henderson, and Co. have made the best arrangements for their safe transport.
March 10 1864
Married. On the 3rd instant, at St. John's Church, Hawkesbury, by the Rev. Alex. Dasent, Pierce Power, Esq., to Miss E. K'Kintry, both of Dunedin.
Died. On the 19th ult., at Hawkesbury, the infant daughter of Dr. H. Williams, aged 3 months.
March 17 1864
Port of Oamaru Arrivals
March 16. Geelong from Dunedin, with passengers and cargo.
Passenger list: Messrs Colburn, Fraser, Shrimski, Shennan, Burkett, Battersby, Granger, Hall, and Miss Chisholm; 6 in the steerage.
Departures - March 10
Geelong, for Dunedin, with cargo: Mr Shennan, passenger.
Died. On the 11th instant, at his residence, York Place, Dunedin, Richard Leslie Jeffreys, Esq., aged 32 years. Home papers please copy.
March 17 1864
Married. On the 18th instant, at the Episcopalian Church, Hawkesbury, by the Rev. Alexander Dasent, Mr George Redman, to Miss Mary Donovan, both of that place.
Inquest. An inquest was held before T.W. Parker, Esq., Coroner, at Moeraki, on the body of a man named John O'Donald, found dead in the bush. The deceased had been drinking heavily all last week. On Monday, while a Maori, named Andrew Tiddiwella, was at work in the bush, his attention was attracted by the barking of a dog. on going to where the dog was he discovered the body of a man and at once inform Mr Hardy. Sergeant O'Brien removed the body to McKinnley's Hotel. Verdict. The deceased died from exposure to the weather.
Let us think of them who sleep,
Full many a fathom deep,
By thy wild and stormy steep
March 24 1864
Births. On the 17th instant, at Otekaike, Waitaki, Mrs W.H. Dansey, of a daughter.
On the 23rd instant, at the Parsonage, Oamaru, the wife of the Rev. Algernon Gifford, of a daughter. (see 12th May 1864)
March 31 1864
Port of Oamaru Arrivals. March 28. Geelong p.s., Turnbull, from Dunedin. Passengers for Oamaru: Mr Howard in the cabin, and 4 in the steerage. Traill, Roxby and Co., agents.
April 14 1864
Arrivals. Geelong, from Dunedin, with cargo. Passengers -Mrs Reeves, Mrs Keller and child, Messrs. Hood, Wade, Stevenson, and Keller.
Departures. April 12. Geelong, for Lyttelton and intermediate ports. Passenger from Oamaru - Mrs Latter, for Akaroa.
Mary Jane, for Dunedin: 2 passengers.
April 14 pages 11, 7 & 8
Electoral Roll for the District of Hampden
Birth. On the 8th instant, at Hampden, the wife of W. T. Kirby, of a son.
Married. On the 25th March at St Paul's. Dunedin, by the Rev. E.G. Wards, Charles Edward, youngest son of the late James Winston Esq., of Upper Wellington Street, Strand, London, to Margaret Jane, youngest daughter of Francis Rashleigh of Geelong, late of Falmouth, Cornwall, England.
May 12 1864
Births. On the 23rd March, at the parsonage, Oamaru the wife of the Rev. Algernon Gilford, of a son.
On the 7th instant, the wife of Mr Joseph Waddell, saddler, Itchen Street, of a daughter.
On the 5th instant, at Oamaru, Mrs Alfred Hesketh, of a son.
Died. On the 11th instant, George Fleming. The funeral will move from the Star and Garter Hotel, this day, at half-past two o'clock.
May 19 1864
Birth. At Oamaru, on the 15th inst., the wife of John Shields, of a son.
September 8 1864
Arrivals. Sep. 6. Geelong, p.s. 137 tons, Turnbull, from Dunedin, and intermediate ports, with cargo and passengers. Saloon: Messrs. Hunter, and Duke, Miss Jamieson; and 12 in steerage.
Departure. Sep 7. Geelong, for Dunedin, in ballast with passengers: Saloon: Messrs McMaster (2) and Williams; and 4 in the steerage.
Wreck at Waikouaiti.
The heavy gale of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was very severely felt here, and two or three vessels riding in the Bay were driven ashore by the strong easterly swell. On Monday evening, about 5 p.m. the Andrew and Maria parted from her anchor, driving broadside on the surf. Shortly afterwards, she was capsized, the master being washed overboard, but was fortunate enough to reach the shore by swimming through the heavy rollers. After a brief period, the boat righted, and was driven up on the beach. On Tuesday morning, at daylight, the cargo was taken out of her, found much damaged by salt water. The succeeding tide washed her up to high-water mark, where she now lies, with holes in her bottom.
Hardly was the cargo out of the Andrew and Maria when it was observed from the spit that the Undine was sheering about very much. She managed to hang on till mid-day, when Captain Taylor, finding that the vessel was dragging, hove up her anchor, and endeavoured to beat out of the Bay. The heavy sea however, prevented her sails from drawing steadily; and every sea throwing her nearer the beach. Three heavy seas now broke over the vessel, carrying away the wheel, and forcing the crew to take to the rigging, where they remained. , only coming on deck occasionally to work the vessel. Captain Taylor lowered all his head sail, keeping only the mainsail set, let go his anchor in the breakers, and so endeavoured to keep her bows on the sea. She now rode over every sea, only a little spray breaking over her now. The mainsail being still set, canted the vessel's head towards the river, and as the tide sets in that direction, she was not long on reaching smoother water, where the crew were saved by means of the whaleboat, the vessels anchors preventing her from driving high up. At low water, the cargo was taken out of her, and she now lies in safety in the river, the chief damage done being that her bulwarks carried away, decks swept, and several bolts started.
The Midlothian succeeded in reaching the river, with loss of both anchors and chains.
September 15 1864
Arrivals. Sep 14. Geelong, from Dunedin with cargo and passengers.
Sep. 14. City of Dunedin, p.s. 327, Boyd, from Dunedin, with cargo and passengers. For Oamaru - Mr Black, and seven in steerage.
Two wrecks of small craft have occurred at Auckland - the cutter Advance, on the West Coast, near Mongonui Bluff; and the schooner Lotus, on the Kaipara bar. The Advance lies on the beach about ten miles to the south of the wreck of the Salcombe Castle, and no hope is entertained of getting her off. The schooner Lotus was quite new, this being her second trip only. She is said to have cost �2,200. The crew suffered greatly from hunger before being rescued from the wreck. The cutter Petrel has run ashore at Mahurangi, and appears likely to stick in her position.
September 29 1864
Arrived. Sep. 27. Geelong, from Dunedin. passengers: Messrs. Tolme, Ross, Eastgate, Harper, and 2 in the steerage.
Departure. Sep 28. Geelong, for Dunedin. Ten passengers.
October 6 1864
Arrivals. Oct. 5 Geelong, from Dunedin. Mr Smith, Miss Smith, Mrs Every, and three in steerage.
October 13 1864
Birth, At Oamaru, on the 6th inst., the wife of James Ashcroft, Esq., of a daughter.
October 20 1864 Arrivals Port of Oamaru.
Oct 12 City of Dunedin, p.s. from Dunedin
Oct. 12 Geelong p.s. 137 tons, Turnbull, from Dunedin
Oct. 14 Fly, 20 tons, Hill from Dunedin
Oct. 14 Matilda Hayes, 20 tons, Walker, from Shag River
Oct. 19 Swan, 37 tons, Tall, from Dunedin
Oct. 19 Annie, 30 tons, Russell, from Dunedin
Oct. 19 Eleanor, s.s. 58 tons, Kirby, from Dunedin
Oct. 12 City of Dunedin Boyd, for Picton, Lyttelton, and intermediate ports
Oct. 14 Geelong for Dunedin
Oct 14 Fly, for Dunedin 50 bags barley
Oct 19 Eleanor for Lyttelton
The steamer Geelong, having been placed on the slip to get her bottom cleansed, did not appear last Tuesday.
Many complaints are made here of the unreasonable hours at which the "City of Dunedin" makes her appearance, or more properly speaking makes herself heard, here, on her way to the North. 8 or 9 p.m. nor is it fair to ask boatmen to turn out for such a service after a hard day's work.
Married. On the 12th instant, at the residence of E. Gibson, Esq., Waitaki, by the Rev. A. Gifford, Reginald Julius, Esq., to Catherine R. Cameron.
Melbourne, Adelaide and New Zealand Steam Shipping Company
Steam to Melbourne. The Steamships
Alhambra 1000 tons
Aldinga 500 tons
Omeo 1000 tons
Gothenburg 800 tons
Sails weekly from Dunedin to Melbourne
Passengers booked through by the Intercolonial Steamers. Royse, Maudie & Co., Dunedin
October 27 1864
Arrivals Port of Oamaru
Oct. 20 Midlothian 25 tons, Bristow, from Dunedin
Oct. 22 Alpha 39 tons, Tear from Waikava
Oct 21 City of Dunedin, p.s., 327 tons, Boyd, from Picton, Lyttelton, and intermediate ports.
Oct. 26 City of Dunedin from Dunedin
The Pilot schooner Caroline, has for some days been engaged here in the Government service repairing the anchorage gear, fixing new chains, fishing up anchors &c. &c.
An unusually severe gale has occurred on the New South Wales coast on the 30th September, great deal of damage was done and many wrecks caused. The lighter Polly Hopkins has gone down, and several ships broke away from the wharf and their moorings. The Gertrude brig, Captain Flack, bound for Sydney, with 140 tons coal was lost on Ninety-mile beach. The schooner James, also bound for Sydney, with coal, was lost on the same beach. The steamer Lowestoft, is a total wreck on the same beach.
The steamship Gothenburg, on her last voyage from Melbourne, struck or grazed on a reef in Foveaux's Straits, Waipapa point bearing E. by W., Slope Point N.E. by E. five or six miles distant. She was drawing about fourteen feet water at the time, and about three and half-miles from shore. - Gazette.
The William Miskin, s.s. Captain Hepburn, has been for some time alongside the Pelichct Bay Jetty, where Captain Godfrey, her owner, has had her thoroughly overhauled, and renovated in the most thorough manner possible. She was stripped so completely, that from the deck downwards the iron plates could be scrapped and coated with red lead; the boilers and engines have been examined and repaired. the cabin touched up, and the fore-cabin has been remolded and much improved. Above deck everything is smart as paint and tar could make it; The cost of the overhaul has exceeded �2000. Daily Times.
November 3 1864
Arrivals Port of Oamaru
Oct 31 Anne, 30, tons Russell, from Dunedin
Nov 1 Iona, 40 tons, R. Smith, from Dunedin
Nov 2 Geelong, from Dunedin. Cabin Mr and Mrs Black, Mrs Heynard, Mr Greenlaw; and 6 in the steerage.
The steamer Geelong resumed her weekly trips greatly renovated by her recent overhaul. She will be making fortnightly trips to and from Akaroa, Timaru, and Lyttelton.
Birth. on the 20th October, at Oamaru, the wife of W.H. Valpy, Esq., of a son.
November 10 1864
Arrivals. Nov. 9 Geelong, Turnbull, from Dunedin. Cabin: Mrs Turnbull, Mrs Williams, Miss Cameron, Mrs Rattray, Mr Armstrong, Mr Kirkwood, and 12 in the steerage.
November 10 1864
Dunedin. The sudden accident which has deprived this Province of the services of Mr John McGlashan. He had apparently been in the enjoyment of his usual health up to Wednesday last, when on his way home from his office, he fell from his horse and was killed. The coroner's verdict "the the deceased died from concussion of the brain". Mr McGlashan was Secretary of the Otago Association.
When Captain Cargill sailed it was considered indispensable to the interests of the new settlement that some one should remain at home to conduct the emigration which was to follow the pioneers and turn this wilderness into a fruitful field. For this purpose Mr McGlashan was chosen, and ably carried out the scheme of the association. Some six years afterwards he himself became an emigrant, and was received with a warm welcome; He was the Provincial Solicitor also held the office of Provincial Treasurer. He lately held the office of Registrar General of Deeds for the Province. Mr McGlashan's funeral is to take place Tuesday. The day will be observed as a holiday.
November 17 1864
Arrivals. Nov. 16. Geelong from Dunedin. cabin - Mr France.; and 4 in steerage.
In addition to the Malay to arrive here to load wool, we observe that the Star of Tasmania is also announced as one of the Oamaru wool ship of the season.
Births. On the 11th inst., at Waiho, Waitangi, Mrs W.K. McColloch, of a son.
At her residence, Eye Street, Invercargill, November 7th, Mrs W.B. Scandrett, of a daughter.
On the 11th inst., at Hawkesbury, Mrs D. Eglin, of a son.
On the 11th inst., at Hawkesbury, Mrs J. McLauchan, of a daughter.
Death. On the 10th inst., at Hawkesbury, May, only daughter of Mr Fell, aged 2� years.
November 24 1864
Aberdeen clipper ship, Malay, 500 tons burthen, David Peters, Commander, will load wool for London, at current rates. To sail in all December. The Malay, in consequence of her light draught of water, will be enabled to lay at the inner moorings, consequently there will be less delay in the shipping of wool than to a vessel moored at the outer bouy, and the charge for shipping will be 1s per bale less . This Ship has excellent accommodation for limited number of passengers.
For freight and passage apply to Cargill and Co., Oamaru and Dunedin.
To load at Oamaru. The first class ship Star of Tasmania. William Culbert, Commander, will be at Oamaru about 25th November, to load for London direct, and to sail in all December. Freight of Wool - Greasy, � of a penny per lb; washed one penny and an eight per do; with the usual primage of 5 per cent. added. Has excellent accommodation for a few Saloon passengers. For particulars apply to Dalgety, Rattray & Co. Oamaru & Dunedin.
To load at Moeraki. The first class ship Commodore. J. Colville, Commander. Will be at Moeraki about 25th November, to load for London. and to sail in all December. Freight of Wool - Greasy, � of a penny per lb; washed one penny and an eight per do; with the usual primage of 5 per cent. added. For particulars apply to Dalgety, Rattray & Co. Moeraki, Oamaru & Dunedin.
November 24 1864
Marriages. On the 22nd November, at Dunedin, by the Rev. Dr. Burns, Mr Henry Newey, of Oamaru, to Jessie, eldest daughter of Mr J. Keendy, Dunedin.
On the 14th September, at the parish church of Bishop's Waltham, Hants, England, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. H.P. Brock, M.A. incumbent of Christchurch, Doncaster, Julius Saunders Jeffreys, Esq., late of Otago, new Zealand, son of Julius Jeffreys, Esq., F.R.S., of Upper Norwood, to Emily, eldest daughter of the Rev. Wm. Brock, M.A., rector of the parish.
Death. At Oamaru, on the 21st inst., the beloved wife of Mr Donald Sutherland.
November 24 1864
Steamer Geelong. Proposal for a Company to buy her. Price �6,500; �500 down, rest on long credit.
December 1 1864
Birth. On the 27th ult., Mrs John Hood, of a son.
Marriage. On the 29th ult., at Cave Valley, by the Rev. A. Gifford, Mr Edward Hassell, to Miss Hannah Huckell.
Death. On the 25th ult., at Otepopo, Hector McKinnon (late of Woodend, Victoria), husband of Ellen Jane McKinnon, in the 32nd year of his age. After four months of speedy decline and one week of great suffering, he breathed his last, resigning his soul to Him from whom it came, with Christian confidence and composure, Melbourne papers please copy.
December 8 1864
Birth. At Cave Valley, on the 5th inst., the wife of James Hassell, Esq., of a daughter.
December 8 1864
Steam to Timaru. The steamship Geelong, leaves Oamaru for Timaru on Tuesday next.
December 22 1864
Dec. 15 Geelong, p.s. from Timaru
Dec. City of Dunedin from Picton, Lyttelton and intermediate ports
Dec. 16 Gannet, 28 tons, Pietersin, from Dunedin
Dec. 21. Geelong, from Dunedin. Cabin, Mr M. Holmes and lady, Mr Ross, Mrs Gamble and child. Mr Pinkerton, Mr Hall, Mr Whitmore, and 4 in the steerage.
December 22 1864
Births. On the 10th December, at Hillside, Dunedin, the wife of Mr E.B. Cargill, of a daughter.
On the 14th December, at Waikouaiti, the wife of W. F. Hull, Esq., agent Bank of N.Z., of a son.
Marriage. On the 15th December, at St. John's Church, Waikouaiti, by the Rev. A. Dasent, M.A. Henry John, second son of the late Sir Thomas Miller, Bart., of Froyle House, Alton, Hants, England, to Jessie, youngest daughter of John Orbell, Esq., of Hawkesbury, Waikouaiti.
December 29 1864
Birth. On the 28th instant, at Oamaru, Mrs Locke, of a son.
Dec. 22. Malay, barque, Peters, from Dunedin
Dec. 22 Anne, 30 tons, from Dunedin
Dec. 22 Caroline, pilot schooner, from Port Chalmers.
Dec. 26 Geelong, Hart, from Timaru, Akaroa and Lyttelton.
Sheep-shearing is now general, and the wool clip continues to arrive in town for shipment. The Star of Tasmania continues to load, and has taken on board, up to this date, 900 bales of wool. The Star of Tasmania has loaded here two seasons.
The ship Malay arrived on the 22nd instant, with 100 tons of coal for this place, which she is discharging, preparatory to taking in a wool cargo for Europe.
Otago Witness February 1866 page 7
Lost of Life at Oamaru
Five men put off in a small boat belonging to the Star of Tasmania with intention of going on board. Hugh Macfie, boatman of this place, Henry Stephens, second mate of the Star of Tasmania, John Grant and Robert Ballantyne, both seamen, belonging to the said vessel .and Peter McKenzie, son of Alex. Mckenzie, subcontractor on the Jetty Road works. The surf was pretty heavy on the beach. Hugh Macfie was a carpenter by trade and was a native of Arbroath, Scotland. He had been employed in the boating service for the last eighteen months. A good swimmer, a powerful man, but he alone was doomed to be lost.
The Timaru Herald Saturday August 3 1867. page 2
The jetty is shaking, the waves breaking over it. Strong wind, rain and hail all week. The rivers swollen.
At 7 o'clock on Thursday the Hope brought here anchor home, and was run ashore nearly opposite the Northern Hotel, and her cargo, which consisted of timber was discharged. The Vistula parted both chain cables. She came ashore opposite the Scotch Church. lying decks towards seaward. Her cargo was discharged.On the beach here, high and dry, there are three vessels: the brigantine Vistula, Paton, master, of Auckland, the schooner Midlothain, and the sloop Hope of Dunedin. The crews and cargos are safe.
Feb. 7 1868. North Otago Times
On Monday last, 3rd Feb 1868, it came to blow heavily from the E.S.E., and the sea rising rapidly. There were at the time lying in the bay the ships Water Nymph, official number, 21,579, 584 tons register, (Captain Edwin Sinel Babot) and the Star of Tasmania (Captain Andrew Culbert), loading wool at this port for London, the former having 244 and the latter 2095 bales aboard. There were also two small craft, viz., the Otago, Captain Campbell and the Emu, Captain Morland. About noon the Blue Peter was hoisted at the flagstaff at the Esplanade, as a signal for the vessels to stand to sea. The Star was dragging, parted anchors and rapidly drove towards ashore. Came ashore about 7 p.m. broadside. The ship began to break up. Attempts were made to get a line ashore. A line from shore carried out by Duncan Young, in the employ of the Boating Company, reached the vessel. Twenty-two souls were on board, of whom eighteen were saved; those lost being Mrs Baker's two children and two sailors, viz., David Petrie, able seaman, aged 21 or 22, of Arbroath, Scotland, and William Brooks, of Blackwall near London, able seaman, about 32 years, married (wife lives lived in the neighbourhood of Blackwall), four children.
About an hour after the Star came ashore the ship Water Nymph dragged her anchor and her fate was doomed. The vessel drove ashore about three hundred yards north of the Star. The vessel, Water Nymph, was 13 years old, built at Painboeuf, classed at French Lloyd's for two years, twenty-two hands. Had anchored at the inner anchorage in 90 fathoms on 10th January. The crew escaped safely, saving there effects.
The Schooner Otago drove ashore about five miles further north, and all her crew (four) were saved.
The s.s. William Miskin is a total wreck at Timaru. Nearly all bridges on the north Road have been destroyed. The Timuka Mill has been washed away.
Otago Provincial Police Gazette
An Inquest was held on February 6th 1868, at the Oamaru Hotel, Oamaru, by T W Parker, Esq., R.M. and Coroner, on the bodies of David Petrie, aged about 25, and William Brooks, aged about 33, seamen on board the British ship, Star of Tasmania, who were drowned on the occasion of the wreck of the vessel off Oamaru, during the great storm on the night of February 3rd 1868, while endeavouring to swim ashore from their ship.- Verdict accordingly.
North Otago Times June 2 1874
Samuel Meddings, seaman, formerly of HMS Basilisk was stabbed during a fight on May 25 may 1874 in Oamaru, New Zealand. Meddings giving
evidence against his attacker said he was discharged from the Basilisk in Sydney in May 1872 after he had fulfilled his ten years service. Another former seaman to give evidence in court was William Ray but there was no indication of the ship or ships he served on. A jury found the man charged with the stabbing not guilty.
Otago Daily Times Tuesday, 29
Sailing ship's Figurehead Returns Home
by David Bruce
A female figurehead from a clipper that was wrecked off the Oamaru coast in 1868 has returned home to Aberdeen. The 1.92m-high pine figure from Star of Tasmania was found in the 1950s blocking a hole in a hedge on an Oamaru farm. Last month, it was sold at an auction by Sotheby's for �14,400 ($NZ42,000) to an undisclosed buyer. Now it has emerged that the figurehead was bought by the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, with a 50% grant from the National Fund for Acquisitions and the remainder from a bequest, and will go on display in the city where Star of Tasmania was built.
The keeper of science and maritime history at the museum, John Edwards, said the figurehead looked truly fantastic and represented a real bit of Aberdeen's famous clipper ship history. "It was found on a farm near Oamaru, so we are absolutely delighted to have been able to purchase the figurehead and finally allow the public in Aberdeen to see it," he said. The figurehead was now on display in the reception area and had greeted more than 2000 visitors since last Friday. "We have had some visitors from New Zealand who were very taken with the fact a joint piece of history was on show in Aberdeen," he said. Star of Tasmania was built in 1856 at the Alexander Hall shipyard. The fully-rigged wool clipper had made previous visits to New Zealand prior to her fateful end.
In February, 1868, the 632 tonne vessel was driven ashore at Oamaru in a violent storm and wrecked, with the loss of two of the 22 crew which included two children. The cream and blue painted pine figurehead was later salvaged by a Captain William Sewell. It remained on the farm near Oamaru until the 1950s when it was purchased by an antiques dealer and sold to a couple in Christchurch, who kept it in their garden. The figurehead was later sold at auction in Auckland, before being sold by Sothebys.
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