HERCULES ASHORE Evening Post 28th March 1874 The Brigantine 'Hercules" bound to Sydney with a
full cargo of timber from Aratapu Mills, when ashore at Kaipara Heads. No
probability of getting the vessel off. The cargo will probably be saved.
Evening Post 28th March 1874
The Brigantine 'Hercules" bound to Sydney with a
THE MELAINE Evening Post 26th January 1876 Mr Pearce's three-masted schooner Melaine unfortunately has
been stranded at Kaipara, but it is hoped she will be got off without serious
injury. It appears that she missed stays beating in against a fresh easterly
breeze, although plenty of room was given her to stay. The starboard anchor was
let go, but the cable parted and before the port anchor, which let go as quickly
as possible, could be brought back to bear, she made a stern board, and struck
heavily astern, then coming broadside on, with the chain across her bows,
carrying away her cutwater. As she was bumping very severely, and there
appearing great danger of the stern-post carrying away, more chain was let go
and she was beached. Captain Creagh then finding nothing more could be done for
the time, ordered the crew ashore, everything valuable being taken out of the
schooner, as well as a supply of provisions, and so much cargo as could be got
at. A sail tent was rigged up and the crew camped out on the beach.
The New Zealand Herald, however says - "There is very little chance of her being
saved, as the weather is so very rough and squally, and a westerly wind would
probably cause her to become a wreck. The Captain arrived at the Kopuru in
a small cutter on Sunday afternoon, and announced the disaster. Captain
Bowton of the schooner Marmion, now lying at the Kopuru, returned with him to
hold a survey conjointly with Captain Lowry the Kaipara Pilot. As the vessel
drifted astern out to the Spit, some sheets of copper were displaced at that
part, but the vessel was sound. It seems unlikely she can be got off,
there being no steam tug available at this port; but doubtless all that can be
done will be tried." The Melaine was partly insured in an English office.
Evening Post 26th January 1876
Mr Pearce's three-masted schooner Melaine unfortunately has
The Cutter Telegraph West Coast Times 1st March 1878 Auckland, 28th February 1878 The cutter Telegraph is ashore at Kaipara Heads. The
cargo will probably be saved. The vessel and cargo all uninsured.
The Cutter Telegraph
West Coast Times 1st March 1878
Auckland, 28th February 1878
The cutter Telegraph is ashore at Kaipara Heads. The
THE JAMES. A. STEWART
THE WRECK AT KAIPARA
Evening Post 9th October 1880
A telegram received by Messrs. McKenzie and Ross from Captain Colin McDonald of the Magellan Cloud states that the James A. Stewart had been stranded on the North Spit last night and abandoned by the crew. There were no signs of men on the vessel. The message also stated that the brigantine did not appear to be much damaged. A later telegram from the harbourmaster at Kaipara states that there were no signs of the crew.
The James A Stewart is a brigantine of 170 tons register, and is owned by Messrs McKenzie & Ross of Auckland. She was built at Novia Soctia four years ago, and arrived here from New York two years ago last April. She was insured in the New Zealand Company for £1500. The vessel left Auckland some time ago for Kaipara, where she was to load timber for Adelaide. She was under the command of Captain John McLellan for some considerable time. The pilot crew from the Kaipara Pilot Station went to her this morning, and found her high and dry on the beach abandoned, and none of the crew were to be seen. The vessel did not appear to be injured. She lies about three miles outside the North Head, Kaipara.
The owners have subsequently received the following telegram from Dargaville;-
"Messrs McKenzie and Ross.-James A Stewart got inside North Spit yesterday with masts gone. Hull came on beach last night. No tidings of crew at 8 this morning. Will send particulars from Heads. - J. CHRISTY SMITH, Harbourmaster."
News from Helensville states that the steamer Minnie Casey arrived there, bringing news that the James A Stewrt left Kaipara Heads last night with a fair wind. It is supposed the wind fell light, and the vessel drifted ashore with part of her sails set. A party left the Heads for the vessel, but found no trace of the crew. They boarded the vessel which was high and dry, and found the compass and chronometer intact, one boat smashed on deck, and one boat ahsore uninjured. The deck load was undisturbed.
THIS DAY, No intelligence has been received of the crew wrecked in the brigantine James A Stewart.
West Coast Times 7th January 1880
The brig Prarie Flower is reported ashore at Kaipara Heads. She is believed to be the Hobart Town Prairie, a regular trader to Kaipara.
Wreck of a Barque at Kaipara Evening Post 23rd February 1885 A Kaipara telegram states that the barque Mary
Anne Annison is reported ashore on the North Spit Head. She was bound out for
Sydney, having loaded logs at Tuhua. The steamer Kina sighted her in perilous
position, but it being ebb-tide she could do nothing towards her rescue.
There was no intelligence concerning her at the pilot station when the Kina
passed. The wind is light southerly. The crew will reach the shore safely,
but there is no hope for the vessel. The Mary Anne Annison is owned by
McClutchie & McIntosh Christchurch, and was insured for
£125 in the South British, and also in the New
Zealand. Her cargo consisted of 180,000 feet of baulk and sawmill timber,
the shippers of which were Stone Bros., Auckland, and the consignees Stone &
Co., Sydney. It was insured for £500 in the New Zealand office.
Wreck of a Barque at Kaipara
Evening Post 23rd February 1885
A Kaipara telegram states that the barque Mary
Wreck At Kaipara Evening Post 26th August 1885 The brigantine Western Star with a cargo of timber from
Kaipara for Lyttleton, has gone ashore at South Head. She is expected to
Wreck At Kaipara
Evening Post 26th August 1885
The brigantine Western Star with a cargo of timber from
ANOTHER WRECK AT KAIPARA HEADS Evening Post 28th March 1885 Auckland, this day. A telegram from Kaipara announces that the
barque Matthew, 367 tons, owned by J.C. Ellis of Newcastle, New South Wales, is
wrecked at Kaipara Heads, a mile from the lighthouse, and will soon break up.
All hands are saved. She was bound for Sydney with 18,300 feet of baulk timber,
and 20,000 flitches on owner's account.
ANOTHER WRECK AT KAIPARA HEADS
Evening Post 28th March 1885
Auckland, this day.
A telegram from Kaipara announces that the
WRECK OF THE BARQUE SPLENDID
Evening Post 21st February 1890
Auckland 20th February. News received from Kaipara states that the barque Splendid which went ashore at Port Albert last week is a total wreck, the vessel being hopelessley damaged. The whole starboard side of the barque has given way and caved in.
Unidentified Wreck The Wreck at Kaipara Evening Post 18th March 1893 ANOTHER SUGGESTION AS TO ITS IDENTITY PONTO (Poutu) THIS DAY The brands of the logs which came ashore from the wreck on It is now conjectured that the wreck is that of one of the
the Kaipara Bar are dissimilar to any used on the Wairoa River, and they
correspond with the Hokianga brands.
timber vessels which sailed from Hokianga some time ago and have never been
The Wreck at Kaipara
Evening Post 18th March 1893
ANOTHER SUGGESTION AS TO ITS IDENTITY
PONTO (Poutu) THIS DAY
The brands of the logs which came ashore from the wreck on
It is now conjectured that the wreck is that of one of the
Loss of the Cuthona (By Telegraph - Press Association) Evening Post 8th April 1899 AUCKLAND, This Day, The Nautical Court of Enquiry as to the wreck of the
barquentine Cuthona at Kaipara exonerated Captain Pearson and the officers from
blame and returned their certificates.
Loss of the Cuthona
(By Telegraph - Press Association)
Evening Post 8th April 1899
AUCKLAND, This Day,
The Nautical Court of Enquiry as to the wreck of the
LORD OF THE ISLES
Evening Post 3rd October 1900
WRECK OF A BARQUENTINE
Auckland this day. The barquentine Lord of the Islaes, from Sydney, went ashore north of the North Sandspit end (?at Kaipara) at 11 o'clock last night and became a total wreck. The crew was saved. The vessel had a cargo of bonedust.
PERILS OF THE SEA
Wanganui Herald 27th February 1905
The barque Kinclune, stranded at Kaipara some months ago was floated on Saturday. She was driven ashore today and will become a total wreck
BARQUENTINE ASHORE AT KAIPARA
Taranaki Herald 15th May 1905
Auckland, May 15 - A Kaipara Heads telegram states that the barquentine Neptune, from Wellington, went ashore on the North spit at 6.30 a.m. today. It is feared she will become a total loss. The sea is very heavy, and is driving the vessel up to the beach. The crew of the vessel landed safely in their own boat, and expect to save their effects when the tide ebbs.
A telegram to the Collector of Customs at Auckland states that the Neptune is a total wreck.
Later:- The Neptune broke up during the night. The captain and crew lost all their effects.
Grey River Argus 3rd September 1906
Auckland Sept 1. The Auckland based barque Defiance, went ashore at Kaipara Heads on Tuesday last, has been abandoned as a wreck.
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