Round Wooden Mast Head Cap; 1997-8


Round Wooden Mast Head Cap

About this object

A rounded top wooden(elm) mast head cap with a flat base. There are two holes drilled all the way through and a third larger hole 2.3 cm across, is drilled from the base to a death of 2.5 cm. The cap is painted green.

This cap was picked up off the Mokau beach by R.J. Scott in c1930. It is believed to have come from the Auxiliary vessel Kapui, a ketch rig, 60 foot long, built in 1902. The Kapui left the Mokau River 21st of August 1934 on a full tide crossing the bar at 6.30 am. As she crossed the bar a wave hit the vessel and water poured through the vessel's skylight flooding the engine room. This stopped the oil engine and the vessel was washed onto the beach, 300 yards north of the river mouth leaving her high and dry. The next day the crew salvaged 2/3 her cargo of 30 ton of coal before bad weather set in again. For two days, heavy seas pounded the vessel. On Friday, 24th of August, 1934, the Kapui was unable to be re-floated. Her upper workings, engine and the rest of the coal were salvage.



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Inscription and Marks

There looks to be lettering between the 2 holes on the rounded part of the cap but is unreadable.


6.5 H x 16.5 cm dia

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This object is from
river boat
ship- wreck

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