Tasmanian Maid 1868
TASMANIAN MAID, steamer : The steamer stranded on Long Reef, off New Plymouth, on January 16, 1868, and became a total wreck. The casualty occurred in fine weather, and the master believed that the ship struck on an uncharted rock. Ten minutes after the steamer struck, she was entirely broken up and sank. The crew and passengers were rescued by the steamer Storm Bird, which was in company with the Tasmanian Maid.
The Tasmanian Maid, No. 15,683, was an iron paddle steamer of 84 tons gross and 53 tons net register, built at South Stockton, Yorkshire, in February, 1856, and her dimensions were : length 108.9 ft., beam 15.7 ft., depth 7.4 ft. She was under the command of Captain Souter, who was part owner. Towards the end of May, 1862, the Tasmanian Maid was thought to be a total loss when she was wrecked and abandoned at Wairau. In June, 1863, she was purchased by the Government, armed and armoured, and as H.M.S. Sandfly took part in the blockade of the Firth of Thames and the Tauranga campaign in the Maori Wars.