AWARUA, steamer : Totally wrecked at Kauri Mountain, near Whangarei Heads, on February 6, 1907. The steamer had coaled at Whangarei, and went to Kaiiri Mountain for a raft of logs. When about half a mile off shore she struck an uncharted rock. A heavy surge was on at the time, and the rocks penetrated the bottom of the vessel, which was soon full of water. The tugboat Pelican was despatched by the Devonport Ferry Company, owners of the Awarua, and the vessel was stripped of everything of value. The place where the Awarua struck is known as the Fanny Kelly Reef, the ketch Fanny Kelly having been totally wrecked there on February 3, 1886, with the loss of four lives. The Court of Inquiry found that the A warua was in charge of an A.B., the master being engaged in a mate’s duties, when she struck on an uncharted rock and became a total wreck, one mile from Kauri Mountain. The court considered that the master should have been warned of rocks in the vicinity of his course.
The Awarua, No. 57,650, was an iron, paddle steamer of 159 tons gross and 100 tons net register, built at Blackwall, England, in 1884, and her dimensions were : length 109.8 ft., beam 20.3 ft., depth 10 ft. Her engines were of 32 h.p. Captain L. A. McLean commanded the steamer.