Ocean Chief Wreck 1862

Ocean Chief Wreck 1862

OCEAN CHIEF, ship : The ship sailed from Melbourne on January 2, 1862, for Bluff Harbour, with 4,000 sheep, arriving on the evening of January 13. With a pilot in charge, the vessel entered port against an adverse wind and ebb tide, and was driven ashore close to Taenae (Te Wai?) Point, the wind blowing very hard from the westward at the time. At 11 a.m. the next day the Ocean Chief was refloated, having sustained considerable damage. At about midnight on January 22 the ship was set on fire by some members of the crew and burned to the water’s edge. Her moorings were slipped and she was scuttled in order to save the wharf. To make her destruction certain, it was alleged, the recalcitrant members of her crew had bored holes in the pumps and cut the hose to render them useless.

The Ocean Chief, No. 25,971, was a Black Ball clipper ship of 1,026 tons register, and was under the command of Captain T. Brown.