WAIROA, steamer : Totally wrecked at Tairua on the morning of February 3, 1919. Her crew of eight landed safely. The Wairoa was bound from Wharekawa to Auckland when it was found that supplies were running short, and the steamer put into Tairua for flour. When leaving port the steamer broke a rudder chain, with the result that she struck heavily on the bar, carrying away her sternpost and rudder trunk, and putting her engines out of action. The Wairoa then drifted on to a sand spit. An attempt to salvage the steamer failed, and she became a total loss. The Court of Inquiry exonerated the master from blame, being of the opinion that he acted with reasonable prudence.
The Wairoa, No. 102,271, was a wooden, screw steamer of 100 tons gross and 49 tons net register, built at Aratapu in 1894, and her dimensions were : length 92.4 ft., beam 16.8 ft., depth 8 ft. Her engines were of 40 h.p. The steamer was owned by Messrs. Cashmore Brothers Ltd., and was under the command of Captain Edward Sellars. She was not insured, and the owners estimated their loss at Â£2,000.