LYTTELTON, steamer : Struck on a reef close to the Beef Barrels and sank in the Current Basin, French Pass, on September 30, 1886. The steamer was bound from Collingwood to Wellington with a cargo of coal, and struck at 7.30 p.m., and in ten minutes sank completely out of sight in deep water. The master and crew proceeded to French Pass in the ship’s boat, and were rescued by the steamer Murray.
The Lyttelton, No. 27,791, was a screw steamer of 125 tons gross and 85 tons net register, with two engines of 30 h.p., and her dimensions were length 93.4 ft., beam 18.4 ft., depth 7.2 ft. She was built as a paddle steamer at Miliwall, Poplar, County of Middlesex, in August, 1859, by John Scott Runnell. The Lyttelton was owned by Mr. George Ross, of Wellington, and was under the command of Captain George Forbes.