Name plate of "Wimmera"s lifeboat; RM118


Name plate of "Wimmera"s lifeboat

About this object

51x7cm wooden with gold letters "ss Wimmera". At 5.15am on 26th June 1918, the Huddart Parker Co's ship "Wimmera" (Captain Kell) struck a mine and sank 18 miles north of Cape Maria van Dieman. The minefield had been laid by the German raider "Wolf". Of the 151 people on board, 26 including the captain were lost. The survivors reached the NZ coast, the majority of them landing at Tom Bowling's Bay near North Cape. At the time of the disaster the donor was living at Te Paki Station, north of Houhora, where his father was the manager. NB. See "Shipwrecks and New Zealand Disasters".

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Presented by Mr Stuart Hill, Whangarei

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