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The Otago Witness September 15th 1860

The "Bruce" from Glasgow, chartered by Mesrs Holmes & Co., arrived off the heads on Wednesday. She is a remarkably fine clipper ship, of 2000 tons, and has a large cargo for this port, together with about 100 passengers, chiefly single men sent put as servants to Mr Holmes, who has made extensive purchases of land in Otago. We regret to learn that the Captain, having endeavoured to enter the harbour without a pilot on board, ran his vessel on shore outside the heads near the spot where the "Revival" was wrecked. She was, consequently, in a very dangerous position, and had it come on to blow would, in all probability, have been lost. Fortunately the tides have been low, and were rising. She swung off on Thursday evening, with the flood-tide, and was, yesterday, safely towed up to Port Chalmers by the "Geelong". On Thursday, her passengers were landed at Dunedin. The "Bruce" had no business near the spot where she went ashore, and would never have been there with any one on board at all acquainted with the harbour; but we hear it said that the Captain was misled by a red flag hoisted as a signal to the Custom-house, but which he took to be a signal so come on. This will have to be enquired into.