San Bartolo 1965

San Bartolo 1965

SAN BARTOLO, fishing vessel: After escorting a small boat across Cook Strait to Tory Channel, the San Bartolo was just inside Wellington Heads on her return voyage when her owner-skipper, Mr. Arthur Hunter, collapsed at the helm. Out of control, the vessel zigzagged through half-submerged rocks off Point Dorset until, at about 1 p.m. on April 16, 1965, she piled up at the base of the rocks known as The Pinnacles. A passenger on board, Mrs. J. Wilson, was asleep below and was thrown from her bunk by the impact. She rushed to the wheelhouse and found Mr. Hunter lying unconscious. They spent 30 minutes on board the wreck of the San Bartolo before they were rescued by a small dinghy with an outboard motor, which had to negotiate narrow channels between outlying rocks off The Pinnacles. Rising seas threatened to sink the dinghy as it made for open water. The shipwrecked pair were taken on board H.M.N.Z.S. Manga, which had just passed through the Heads, and conveyed to Queens Wharf, from where they were taken to hospital.

After being stripped of all movable gear except the engine the San Bartolo was abandoned as a total wreck. (See plate 123.)

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