OPOTIKI, schooner: On January 9, 1903, the vessel stranded on the Lady Franklin Bank, Kaipara Harbour, and became a total loss. While the schooner was heading towards the sandbank, and in the act of putting the helm down to come into stays, the upper pin of the rudder unshipped, rendering the rudder unworkable. The anchor was immediately dropped and the sails lowered, but the vessel was too close to the shore to pay out sufficient chain to hold her in position. The tide and swell carried her into broken water, where she eventually became badly strained and filled.
The Opotiki, No. 57,808, was a schooner of 38 tons register, built at Devonport, Auckland, in June, 1870, by George Beddoes, and her dimensions were: length 55 ft., beam 17.4 ft., depth 5.9 ft. She was under the command of Captain Julius Barry.