Wild Wave 1866

Wild Wave 1866

WILD WAVE, schooner: The schooner was lost in Pelorus Sound, near Opawa Bay, on June 21, 1866. The Wild Wave was caught in a terrific gale about 16 miles from Havelock, and capsized. Five of the crew were drowned, the master and cook only being saved by swimming a distance of over a mile to the shore. The vessel was formerly a centre-board barge, but had been altered to a topsail schooner and the centre-board removed, and it was believed that this was the cause of the vessel capsizing.

The Wild Wave, No. 32,083, was a schooner of 70• tons register, built at Battery Point, Tasmania, in 1859, by Lucas Jeffery, of Hobart, and her dimensions were: length 78.7 ft., beam 20.8 ft., depth 7 ft. She was owned by Mr. Thomas Turner Brownall, merchant, of Christchurch, and commanded by Captain Ifwerson.

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