This page is an entry in Shonas Wreck Guide.
Type: Iron Sailing Ship
Waitara at anchor
A Hamilton bottle and green glazed plate on the wreck
The Waitara was sailing up the channel in hazy weather on the 26th June 1883, bound for Wellington when the Hurunui (also owned by the New Zealand Shipping Company), Bound for Dunedin, collided with it off Bill of Portland. The Waitara sank in about four minutes, and twenty- five of her passengers and crew were lost. The Huranui rescued sixteen, including Captain Webster, and the chief officer.
Approaching the first deco stop
In an Era when many sailing ships met with a sorry end, the Waitara was to be The companies only total loss. A direct result of this loss was that passenger embarkation was shifted to Plymouth.
Spidge from Waitara