NAUTILUS, schooner : On January 6, 1869, the schooner stranded on the North Spit of Manawatu River and became a total loss. The Nautilus sailed from Wellington on the morning of January 5, and arrived abreast of the Manawatu bar at 4 p.m. on the 6th. As no signals were to be seen, the schooner stood in, and when one and a half cables’ length from the bar, with a clear view of the flagstaff and bar, the ball was run up on the north yardarm and the red flag hoisted at the masthead, the ball remaining on the yardarm until the Nautilus struck on the end of the North Spit, but after the vessel had considerably hardened on the spit the ball shifted to the south yardarm. A small quantity of the cargo was saved, but the schooner lay firmly embedded in the sand and beÂ¬came a total loss.
The Nautilus, No. 40,370, was a schooner of 32 tons register, built at Riwaka, Nelson Province, in November, 1862, and her dimensions were : length 51.7 ft., beam 17 ft., depth 6.5 ft. She was owned by Captain Robert Thompson, of Nelson, and was commanded by Captain S. Bolt. The Nautilus was wrecked in Palliser Bay on September 16, 1863, and was thought to be a total loss, but was recovered, and experienced the same misfortune at Greymouth on May 4, 1865.