Waitemata 1898

Waitemata 1898

WAITEMATA, barquentine : Early on the morning of February 1, 1898, when bound from Newcastle, N.S.W., to Auckland with a cargo of coal, the barquentine sank between Tiritiri Island and Rangitoto Reef as the result of a collision with the steamer Stella. The Stella left Auckland at midnight for Mangawai, and at about 3 a.m. the master saw the Waitemata close to his ship. No one on board the steamer saw the barquentine’s starboard light. As soon as Captain Kennedy, master of the Stella, saw the Waitemata he gave orders to port the helm, and tried to clear the sailer’s stern, but it was too late. The next moment the Stella struck the barquentine. The steamer did not run stem on-her bow struck the Waitemata at an angle and grazed along her side. The master of the barquentine hailed the Stella, saying that his vessel was sinking and asking him to stand by. The steamer stood by, lowered her boats, and took all hands, numbering ten, from the sinking vessel. In about twenty minutes after the collision the Waitemata sank about four miles S. b W. from the Tiritiri lighthouse. The Court of Inquiry found that the loss of the Waitemata was caused by her being run down by the Stella, the collision being caused by the negligent navigation of the master of the Stella, Captain Robert Kennedy, whose master’s certificate was ordered to be cancelled.

The Waitemata, No. 70,176, was a wooden barquentine of 365 tons register, built at Sunderland in 1875, and her dimensions were : length 146.9 ft., beam 29 ft., depth 12.9 ft. The vessel, which was formerly named Fylde, was owned by Mr. J. J. Craig, of Auckland, and was under the command of Captain Frederick Ferdinand Nelson.

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