Marlborough 1963

Marlborough 1963

MARLBOROUGH, fishing vessel: The crew were lifting crayfish pots off Mokinui Island, off the south-west coast of Stewart Island, on September 21, 1963, when the propellor shifted on the shaft and the reverse gear failed to stop the forward movement of the vessel. The Marlborough struck the shore and sank becoming a total loss. Before taking to the dinghy the crew just had time to send a distress call which was received by Awarua Radio and relayed to Halfmoon Bay. From there the fishing boat Helga was dispatched to the scene and picked up the two crew members, Messrs. Ernest Walker and Clarence Hawkins, from Mokinui Island. The Marlborough, registered at Bluff BF 15, was a 40-foot wooden vessel, built at Picton in 1932.