Matilda 1848

Matilda 1848

MATILDA, cutter : The cutter, from Manawatu, with a cargo of wheat, was caught in a south-east gale which arose suddenly on the evening of May 6, 1848, and was driven ashore in Fitzroy Bay, near Wellington Heads. The bodies of the two men comprising the crew were washed ashore near Pencarrow Head and interred there. The vessel lay on the beach, and the hull was too badly damaged to allow of it being repaired.

The Matilda was a cutter of eight tons, owned by Joseph Rhodes, of Porirua. ‘

HOPE, -: The American whaler Hope, in running for the Bay of Islands on April 16, 1848, mistook the entrance, and in passing through the narrow channel between the island of Osfia and several smaller ones, struck on a rock. With the assistance of boats from H.M.S. Calliope the greater part of the cargo was saved, but the vessel became a total wreck. Captain Stanley, of the Calliope, brought a claim for salvage, of the stores and cargo of the Hope before the Resident Magistrate, Bay of Islands, who declined to make an award.

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