AHURIRI 1871

AHURIRI 1871

AHURIRI, steamer : Sailed from Oamaru, on November 22, 1871, bound for Dunedin with a large cargo, which included four valuable racehorses. Steaming against a strong southerly breeze, the vessel passed inside Fish Reef, but outside of Danger Reef. When between Pleasant River and Jones Head the fore-and-aft sails were set, the captain leaving the bridge to take the helm, to enable the helmsman to assist. The master had left the bridge about five minutes when the steamer struck a submerged rock, not marked on the latest charts. The Ahuriri was then about a mile and a half off shore, Jones Head bearing SW.

The ship quickly filled, and held hard and fast to the rock. The boats were lowered and the passengers sent ashore. Ten minutes after striking, the seas broke right over the vessel, and the lifeboat returned and removed those who still remained on board. A landing was made with great difficulty on a rocky shore. An hour after the mishap the Ahuriri listed to port, and at daylight the following day had disappeared from sight.

The Ahuriri, No. 48,910, was an iron, screw steamer of 183.82 tons gross and 130.92 tons net register, built at Whiteinch, Lanarkshire, in 1864, by J. and C. Laurie. Her dimensions were : length 127.1 ft. beam 20.1 ft., depth 9.6 ft. She had two engines, of 50 h.p. combined. The Ahuriri was commanded by Captain G. McKinnon.

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