H.M.N.Z.S South Sea 1942
SOUTH SEA, H.M.N.Z.S., minesweeper: Or December 19, 1942, when coming out of Evan! Bay, Wellington Harbour, the South Sea came into collision with the interisland steamer Wahine The impact was so severe that the minesweeper was badly damaged below the waterline am quickly filled and sank. Owing to the securit3 regulations which were in force during World War II no details of the casualty were published Brief details supplied by the Marine Departmeni state that a considerable amount of gear and equipment were salvaged from the South Sec during extensive diving operations, but the hull was not considered worth salvaging, and way subsequently demolished by underwater demo. lition charges.
The South Sea, No. 133,421, was a steel, screw steamer of 322 tons gross and 127 tons net register built at Goole, in 1912, and her dimensions were: length 140 ft., beam 23.8 ft., depth 12.4 ft. Her engines were of 84 h.p. Formerly named Ferriby the South Sea was owned by the South Sea., Fishing Company Ltd., of Christchurch, prior tc being taken over by the Navy Department shortl3 after the outbreak of war. (See plate 115.)