Subraon 1848

Subraon 1848

SUBRAON, barque: On October 26, 1848, the barque was totally wrecked at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, all hands being saved. The Subraon weighed anchor for Sydney in the afternoon, in charge of the pilot, having on board about 40 passengers. The wind was blowing fresh from the south, and on leaving harbour, instead of making the outer passage, the pilot attempted to take the vessel through Chaffers Passage, despite a warning from the master that the barque would not stay. In tacking, the vessel missed stays, and the pilot then attempted to wear her, but there was not sufficient room, and the Subraon struck on the rocks about 8 p.m., within 100 yards of the shore. Although the wind was blowing rather fresh from the south, with a heavy swell setting in, the passengers and crew were landed safely, due to the coolness and presence of mind of the master, who inspired the passengers with confidence. There was not the slightest chance of saving the barque, which was fast on the rocks. Her rudder had been washed away, the vessel was down by the head, and was making considerable water in the hold. With the first strong south-east wind the barque was expected to break up.

The Subraon was a barque of 510 tons register, commanded by Captain Mills. The wreck was sold for £515.

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