TAIROA, steamer: When crossing the bar at Port Molyneux on May 27, 1871, the steamer refused to answer her helm took a sheer to port, and struck on the rocks, close to the wreck of the Ada, which came to grief there in 1862. Every effort was made to refloat the Tairoa, the services of the river steamer being requisitioned, but all attempts proved unavailing. The Court of Inquiry was of the opinion that the master committed an error of judgement in entering the river after dark and against the ebb tide.
The Tairoa, No. 52,202, was a screw steamer of 67.12 tons gross and 50.67 tons net register, built of wood at Port Chalmers in 1865. She had two engines of a combined 30 h.p., and her measurements were : length 90.8 ft., beam 16.8 ft., depth 7.4 ft. She was under the command of Captain G. McKinnon.