Harriet King 1872
HARRIET KING, brigantine : Stranded near Port Charles, Cape Colville Peninsula, on July 4, 1872, and became a total wreck. A south-west gale prevailed at the time, but no lives were lost. The Court of Inquiry found that the casualty was due to want of judgment on the part of the master in taking his vessel under the lee of high land during a strong wind, and not dropping the anchor when the brigantine became baffled by eddy winds and was drifting ashore.
The Harriet King, No. 49,289, was a brigantine of 185 tons register, built at Williams River in 1860. She was under the command of Captain G. Smith, and was bound from Lyttelton to Auckland.