OSPREY, schooner : The schooner was wrecked on the rocks at Blind Bay, Great Barrier Island, on September 29, 1864. The Osprey loaded a cargo of timber at Port Fitzroy for Auckland, and on her passage sprung a leak when beating to windward against a strong south-wester. The master decided to run for Whangaparapara Harbour, about 12 miles from Port Fitzroy, but mistook the locality and sailed into Blind Bay. The Osprey struck on the rocks at the entrance and commenced to go to pieces immediately. The anchor was dropped when broken water was discovered ahead, but this was of no avail, as the schooner struck and filled instantly. The crew reached the shore in the boat. The schooner broke up next morning.
The Osprey, No. 40,186, was a schooner of 39 tons register, built at Wahapu, Bay of Islands, in April, 1854, by William Brown, and her dimensions were : length 62.3 ft., beam 17.3 ft., depth 7.6 ft. She was owned by the Great Barrier Mining Company, and commanded by Captain Ross.