Elizabeth Price 1900

Elizabeth Price 1900

ELIZABETH PRICE, brigantine : When 42 days out on a voyage from Bundaberg, Queensland, to Dunedin, with a cargo of scrap iron for the Otago Iron Rolling Mills Ltd., the brigantine went ashore on the night of July 3, 1900, at Long Point, Mahia Peninsula, and became a total wreck. The master of the Elizabeth Price stated that after a tempestuous passage from Bundaberg to Cape Maria Van Diemen a course was steered for the East Cape in continuance of her voyage to Dunedin, following her call at Russell. The vessel made a very good run down the coast until Portland Island was reached, when very dirty weather -a strong gale from the SSW. and high seaswas met with. Shelter was taken under Long Point, and on July 3 she dragged her anchor. A second anchor proved useless, and the brigantine gradually drifted on to the rocks and settled down, quickly becoming a total wreck. The crew of seven hands reached the shore safely in the ship’s boat and were well cared for by the station hands at Mahia until they were taken off by the steamer Tangaroa, which landed them at Napier on July 12. The Court of Inquiry was of the opinion that, considering the exposed position of the anchorage, more care might have been taken in keeping the anchor watch by using the lead, otherwise every precaution was taken for the safety of the vessel. No order was made as to the costs of the inquiry, and the master’s and mate’s certificates were returned to them.

The Elizabeth Price, No. 62,468, was a wooden brigantine of 98 tons register, formerly the schooner Glide, built at Yarmouth in 1873, and her dimensions were : length 85 ft., beam 21.4 ft., depth 10.3 ft. She was owned by Messrs. T. Hughes and J. A. S. Murray, and was under the command of Captain Thomas Hughes.

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