EXCELSIOR, barge: On February 14, 1878, the barge, which was formerly a lighter at Lyttelton, went ashore at Amuri Bluff. The vessel was trading between Amuri and the Heathcote River, and after the crew had landed safely, the master abandoned the vessel to the underwriters as a total wreck.
The Excelsior, No. 32,141, was a barge-rigged vessel of 35 tons register, and was built at Port Cygnet, Tasmania, in 1865, by Alexander Kerr. Her dimensions were length 56.8 ft., beam 18 ft., depth 5.4 ft. She was under the command of Captain William Atkins Payne.