Ocean yields piece of maritime history

Date: 27/07/2009

A sizeable part of a coal barque wrecked on the coast north of Napier, New Zealand, 133 years ago has been found by maritime enthusiast Noel Suckling. The structure is thought to be the bowsprit cradle off the barque Coq du Village, wrecked on Petane beach 24 July 1876. Records of the foundering are scarce but the Coq du Village, built in Quebec in 1865, was a three-masted barque, carrying coal and a crew of 10. Her anchor cables parted in a severe storm leaving master Captain Henry Edmonds no option but to drive her through the surf on to the beach.

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