SERFIB, steam trawler: On the afternoon of June 8, 1933, the vessel sprang a leak about three miles off Waipiro Bay, and was abandoned half an hour later in a sinking condition. The captain and crew of nine left the trawler hurriedly in a dinghy, which was damaged in launching, and reached safety after a trying experience. The Serfib was steaming down the East Coast when it was reported to the captain that water was pouring into the engine-room. At first it was intended to head the trawler for land, but by 3.30 p.m. she was making water so fast that it was decided to take to the dinghy. There was a heavy swell, and as the dinghy was being launched the keel was damaged. The leak was stopped as well as possible, and two men were kept constantly bailing. The boat reached Open Bay, between Waipiro and Tokomaru Bays, and the men were taken on board the launch Huia, lying at anchor. The Serfib drifted in the direction of East Cape, and eventually foundered.
The Serfib, No. 139,313, was a steel, screw steamer of 210 tons gross and 82 tons net register, built at Selby, England, in 1917, and her dimensions were : length 112.3 ft., beam 21.5 ft., depth 11.5 ft. She was owned by Messrs. Munro Brothers Ltd., of Auckland, and was under the command of Captain J. A. Flett.
INA, fishing launch : The Wellington fishing launch Ina was driven ashore in Evans Bay, Wellington, during a northerly gale on August 10, 1833, and became a total wreck.