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Jenny Louise - I found your note about the shipwreck of the 'Richmond'
very interesting, especially because I previously lived near Kawhia and went
to school there and now I live in Richmond (the one in Nelson prov). But
that was a bit of history I had never heard. Thank you.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jenny-Louise Coster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 19 January, 2000 11:14 AM
> To anyone interested but especially Laurel,
> I have been reading a book called New Zealand Shipwrecks 1795 - 1975. By
> C.W.N Ingram
> You might recall that Captain Francis Sinclair built one of the first
> in New Zealand's history well the following I thought was quite
> " Richmond, schooner: When entering Kawhia Harbour on the morning of June
> 30, 1845, the schooner was totally wrecked, and her complement of six,
> including two passangers,drowned. Under charter to load a cargo for
> Wellington, the Richmond left Taranaki with the cutter Ann and Sarah on
> 26 for Kawhia. On the evening of the 29th, both vessels were in company
> Albatross Point, and at 9 a.m. the following day , the wind blowing strong
> from the north-west, the cutter entered Kawhia harbour safely. At 11a.m.
> Richmond, in crossing the bar, was struck by heavy sea which threw her on
> her beam ends, and she then turned keel upper-most. Shortly afterwards the
> schooner went to pieces. It was believed she must have grounded on the
> spit and then capsized. Only one body was recovered, that of a seaman,
> was washed ashore, lashed to the main boom.
> The Richmond, registered No. 3 of 1843, Port of Wellington, was a schooner
> of 22 tons register, built at the Hutt River in 1842 by Captain Francis
> Sinclair, and her dimensions were: length 41.5 ft., beam 12.5ft., depth
> 6.3ft. She was launched on August 11, Having been built on the site of the
> proposed village of Richmond. The schooner was owned by William Mc
> of Chatham Islands, whaler , and under the command of Captain Brown. "
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