Wiltshire Wreck

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Wiltshire Wreck
The above photos ex the NZ Herald heritage images files via Lew Redwood fb show the 1912 steamship, Wiltshire wrecked at Rosalie Bay Great Barrier Island in June 1922. You can read more about the wreck at the link below.
(The ships cat pictured survived)
Today Im keen to ID the small launch alongside the wreck in the first photo above.  Can anyone help? Its a tall ask, a lot very similar small launches were around back then, they were the equivalent of todays Toyota ute 🙂
Harold Kidd Input – My opinion is that she’s YORK built by Bailey & Lowe in 1913 for C R Pease with a 10hp Sterling Kid. She looks very like Capt. H D Heather’s 1914 ROTHESAY built by Bailey & Lowe with the same engine. Capt Tom Ryan bought her in 1921 when he was living on the Barrier so the timing is right.
 

8 thoughts on “Wiltshire Wreck

  1. Adam Blackwell’s OCEAN QUEEN built by Joe Slattery in 1920 had two masts (see WW entry on her at Taupo these days)

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  2. I couldn’t say for sure and don’t remember her name but the launch alongside the Wiltshire wreck is likely Adam Blackwell’s from Tryphena. I seem to recall seeing the photo captioned in one of the Great Barrier History groups publications.

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  3. My parents bought a Paragon china teacup and saucer salvaged from the wreck. We still have them.

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  4. On his return home from war service, my father used his gratuity to buy a 40 ft launch MATATUA and went fishing. He, and many other boat owners, were employed to salvage cargo from the wreck.As a child I remember a bailer from one of the ship’s boats used in our laundry to empty the wood fired copper. It was around this time Father met and later married our mother Ruby Bronlund from Sandy Bay, Port Charles.

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  5. Whatever happened to those clinker lifeboats?
    Have dived what is left of the Wiltshire many times……a clearwater dive of a smashed up ship!

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  6. In one of the other photos, with two launches alongside, it is possible to see the name on the stern, frustratingly hard to decipher! Could it be “Star”? Or perhaps “Astor”?
    We’re these local fishermen “browsing” over the wreck?
    Ross

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  7. My opinion is that she’s YORK built by Bailey & Lowe in 1913 for C R Pease with a 10hp Sterling Kid. She looks very like Capt. H D Heather’s 1914 ROTHESAY built by Bailey & Lowe with the same engine. Capt Tom Ryan bought her in 1921 when he was living on the Barrier so the timing is right.

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