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Jade River: A History of the Mahurangi

Ronald H Locker
First published 2001. Published online 2014–. This online edition is a work in progress…

Contents Calendarise Saturday 17 April Mahurangi land restoration launch

Pages 373–378in printed edition

Vessels built beside the Mahurangi Harbour, listed by year built, by builder

Following are listed vessels known to have been built in Mahurangi Harbour from circa 1832 to 1880, by Pākehā builders many of whose stories are told in Part 5 – A Maritime Community. Sadly, neither the name of the boat built at Spar Station Cove, nor its builder there, is known:
Built
1832–6
1849
1849
1849
1849
1851
1851
1852
1852
1852
1853
1853
1853
1854
1854
1855
1855
1855
1857
1857
1858
1858
1859
1860
1861
1861
1862
1862
1862
1863
1864
1864
1864
1864
1865
1865
1865
1865
1866
1867
1867
1867
1868
1868
1869
1870
1870
1871
1871
1873
1873
1873
1873
1874
1874
1874
1874
1874
1874
1875
1875
1875
1876
1876
1876
1876
1876
1877
1877
1878
1878
1880
Post Boy
Julia
John
William
Eagle
Mary
Hori Tepara
Robert
Naumai
Alexander
James
North Shore
Exert
Duke of Wellington
James & Julia
Maggie
Mary Ann
Gem
Hotearoa
Industry
Three Sisters
Maraniwi
Lark
William & Julia
Eclipse
Antelope
Bee
Australian Maid
Volunteer
Sea Belle
Betsy
General Cameron
Rosella
Bittern
Mahurangi
America
Hercules
Stately
Cleopatra
Whangārei
Wild Duck
Golden Isle
Fiery Cross
Flirt
Laetitia
Maud
Coronet
Julia Pryce
Arthur
Bonita
Rover
Start
Agnes
Energy
Helena
Eleanor
Warkworth
Elizabeth
Ethel
Gypsy
Lake St Clair
Nellie
Saxon
Maud Graham
Lady of the Lake
Ada C Owen
Linda Weber
Ōamaru
Rose
Borealis
Type
workboat
schooner
schooner
schooner
cutter
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
cutter
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
cutter
schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
cutter
schooner
cutter
cutter
cutter
cutter
schooner
schooner
cutter
cutter
cutter
cutter
schooner
schooner
cutter
ketch
schooner
schooner
brigantine
schooner
cutter
schooner
topsail schooner
schooner
schooner
schooner
cutter
topsail schooner
schooner
brigantine
topsail schooner
cutter
cutter
schooner
brigantine
cutter
scow
schooner
schooner
schooner
scow
brigantine
brigantine
brigantine
cutter
brigantine
30
36
25
15
14
46
15
15
14
16
18
19
40
18
17
15
20
25
24
24
27
16
24
33
24
17
31
20
23
27
35
41
36
41
21
40
35
86
92
32
43
72
72
100
44
40
95
41
45
22
33
27
128
79
120
92
22
25
47
180
27
58
66
58
80
22
183
114
156
37
131
Feet
~25
45
48
44
35
36
49
36
37
39
37
40
40
43
37
41
42
46
50
49
55
50
43
46
53
50
39
51
39
45
46
30
62
66
53
44
52
52
81
82
52
57
75
77
81
63
47
83
61
60
46
85
54
84
74
84
75
48
45
62
98
51
71
65
76
53
99
86
92
53
87
Fate
Length surmised, likewise the workboat’s dipping-lug rig
Sold foreign, 1851
Wrecked Fox River, 1866
Lost Gull Point off Wade, 1862
Wrecked Auckland Harbour, gale 1863
Lost Maketu, 1851 on delivery voyage
Sold to Honolulu, 1852
Owned Himona Timati, Tauranga. Wrecked there 1854
Māori owners, Tauranga. Wrecked there 1860
Wrecked Hokianga between 1867 and 1871
Lost Bay of Plenty, 1860
Lost off Waiheke, 1861
Lost Whangaparāoa circa 1856
Broken up Maketu, 1860
Te Hemara and Te Kingi, Pūhoi. Lost off Mahurangi circa 1863
Māori owners, Bay of Plenty. Register closed 1867
Māori owners Maketu. Lost there 1858
Wrecked Tauranga, 1857
Lost Tūranganui River, 1865
Two chiefs North Shore. Register closed 1867. Not heard of several years
Chief Te Kiri, Mahurangi and Pākiri. Lost Waikato bar, 1871
Lost Whangapoua, Great Barrier, 1872, Great Barrier
Captured and burned by East Coast Māori July 1865. 1 crew killed
Register closed 1867. Not heard of for several years
Māori owners Kaipara, then Mahurangi. Sold to Noumea, 1878
Lost Rangitoto Channel, 1864
Converted fishing boat, Invercargill, 1912, Invercargill
Lost off Kaikōura, all hands. Lyttleton–Havelock 1881
Lost Fiji, 1867
Lost off New Hebrides or New Caledonia after 1868
Lost Whangapoua, 1868
Lost, all hands. Napier–Auckland 1870
Service to Matakana, 1864. Sold to Tahiti, 1867, 1864. Sold to Tahiti
Lost Hokitika Bar, 1865
Wrecked Norfolk Island, 1868
Wrecked Great Barrier 1892. All saved
Cost £1000. Wrecked Fiji, 1870
Wrecked Pacific, Mitiera Island, 1867
Driven ashore Ōamaru, 1867
Lost off Mahia. Timber, Thames–Lyttleton, 1886
Wrecked Great Barrier 1887. All saved
Lost Queensland, pearling
Wrecked Queensland, 1888
Left Ōamaru–Onehunga 1878, vanished
Wrecked Suva, Samoa, 1883, Samoa
Sold to Samoa, 1879
Lost Fiji, 1878
Lost Fiji, 1882
Wrecked Aitutaki, 1888
Filled and sank off Ōpunake, Lyttleton–New Plymouth, 1879, crew saved
Lost North Head, Coromandel Harbour, 1876, Coromandel Harbour
Sold to Haapai, Tonga, 1880, Tonga
Driven ashore, Kennedys Bay, 1893, Kennedys Bay
Lost Waitangi Harbour, Chatham Islands
Sold to Tahiti, 1873
Wrecked Hook Point, Waiheke, 1899, Waiheke
Lost Napier–Tairau, all hands, 1889, all hands
Lost Māori Rock, Kawau Island, 1907, Kawau Island
Lost South of Kaipara Entrance, 1908
Sold to Samoa, 1877
Cost £1670. Sold to Sydney, 1882
Leaked and sank off Whangārei Heads
Broken up 1919
Lost Astrolabe Reef, Bay of Plenty, 1878
Engined 1912 as Waro. Lost Waipu beach, 1916
Driven ashore Port Robinson, North Canterbury, 1899
Converted to barge, 1926
Lost Tahiti, 1889
Lost off East Cape, all hands, 1901, all hands
Sold to Singapore, 1893
Sold to Fiji, 1880
Non-chattel-slave trader. 7 of crew massacred Malaita, Solomon Islands 1880. Vessel saved
Vessel
Ada C Owen
Builder
Built
1877
Type
brigantine
Tons
183
Feet
99
Fate
Lost Tahiti, 1889
Vessel
Agnes
Builder
Built
1874
Type
topsail schooner
Tons
128
Feet
84
Fate
Lost Waitangi Harbour, Chatham Islands
Vessel
Alexander
Builder
Built
1853
Type
schooner
Tons
16
Feet
37
Fate
Lost Bay of Plenty, 1860
Vessel
America
Builder
Built
1865
Type
cutter
Tons
40
Feet
52
Fate
Cost £1000. Wrecked Fiji, 1870
Vessel
Antelope
Builder
Built
1862
Type
cutter
Tons
17
Feet
39
Fate
Converted fishing boat, Invercargill, 1912, Invercargill
Vessel
Arthur
Builder
Built
1873
Type
schooner
Tons
45
Feet
60
Fate
Filled and sank off Ōpunake, Lyttleton–New Plymouth, 1879, crew saved
Vessel
Australian Maid
Builder
Built
1862
Type
cutter
Tons
20
Feet
39
Fate
Lost Fiji, 1867
Vessel
Bee
Builder
Built
1862
Type
schooner
Tons
31
Feet
51
Fate
Lost off Kaikoura, all hands. Lyttleton–Havelock 1881
Vessel
Betsy
Builder
Built
1864
Type
cutter
Tons
35
Feet
30
Fate
Lost, all hands. Napier–Auckland 1870
Vessel
Bittern
Builder
Built
1865
Type
cutter
Tons
41
Feet
53
Fate
Wrecked Norfolk Island, 1868
Vessel
Bonita
Builder
Built
1873
Type
schooner
Tons
22
Feet
46
Fate
Lost North Head, Coromandel Harbour, 1876, Coromandel Harbour
Vessel
Borealis
Builder
Built
1880
Type
brigantine
Tons
131
Feet
87
Fate
Non-chattel-slave trader. 7 of crew massacred Malaita, Solomon Islands 1880. Vessel saved
Vessel
Cleopatra
Builder
Built
1867
Type
schooner
Tons
92
Feet
82
Fate
Lost off Mahia. Timber, Thames–Lyttleton, 1886
Vessel
Coronet
Builder
Built
1871
Type
schooner
Tons
95
Feet
83
Fate
Lost Fiji, 1882
Vessel
Duke of Wellington
Builder
Built
1854
Type
cutter
Tons
18
Feet
37
Fate
Te Hemara and Te Kingi, Pūhoi. Lost off Mahurangi circa 1863
Vessel
Eagle
Builder
Built
1851
Type
schooner
Tons
14
Feet
36
Fate
Lost Maketu, 1851 on delivery voyage
Vessel
Eclipse
Builder
Built
1861
Type
schooner
Tons
24
Feet
50
Fate
Lost Rangitoto Channel, 1864
Vessel
Eleanor
Builder
Built
1874
Type
cutter
Tons
22
Feet
48
Fate
Lost Māori Rock, Kawau Island, 1907, Kawau Island
Vessel
Elizabeth
Builder
Built
1875
Type
schooner
Tons
47
Feet
62
Fate
Sold to Samoa, 1877
Vessel
Energy
Builder
Built
1874
Type
schooner
Tons
79
Feet
74
Fate
Sold to Tahiti, 1873
Vessel
Ethel
Builder
Built
1875
Type
brigantine
Tons
180
Feet
98
Fate
Cost £1670. Sold to Sydney, 1882
Vessel
Exert
Builder
Built
1854
Type
schooner
Tons
40
Feet
43
Fate
Broken up Maketu, 1860
Vessel
Fiery Cross
Builder
Built
1868
Type
schooner
Tons
72
Feet
77
Fate
Left Ōamaru–Onehunga 1878, vanished
Vessel
Flirt
Builder
Built
1869
Type
brigantine
Tons
100
Feet
81
Fate
Wrecked Suva, Samoa, 1883, Samoa
Vessel
Gem
Builder
G Duke, W R McKay
Built
1857
Type
schooner
Tons
25
Feet
50
Fate
Lost Turanganui River, 1865
Vessel
General Cameron
Builder
Built
1864
Type
schooner
Tons
41
Feet
62
Fate
Service to Matakana, 1864. Sold to Tahiti, 1867, 1864. Sold to Tahiti
Vessel
Golden Isle
Builder
Built
1868
Type
schooner
Tons
72
Feet
75
Fate
Wrecked Queensland, 1888
Vessel
Gypsy
Builder
Built
1875
Type
cutter
Tons
27
Feet
51
Fate
Leaked and sank off Whangārei Heads
Vessel
Helena
Builder
Built
1874
Type
brigantine
Tons
120
Feet
84
Fate
Wrecked Hook Point, Waiheke, 1899, Waiheke
Vessel
Hercules
Builder
Built
1865
Type
cutter
Tons
35
Feet
52
Fate
Wrecked Pacific, Mitiera Island, 1867, Mitiera Island
Vessel
Hori Tepara
Builder
Built
1852
Type
schooner
Tons
15
Feet
36
Fate
Owned Himona Timati, Tauranga. Wrecked there 1854
Vessel
Hotearoa
Builder
Built
1857
Type
schooner
Tons
24
Feet
49
Fate
Two chiefs North Shore. Register closed 1867. Not heard of several years
Vessel
Industry
Builder
Built
1858
Type
schooner
Tons
24
Feet
55
Fate
Chief Te Kiri, Mahurangi and Pākiri. Lost Waikato bar, 1871
Vessel
James
Builder
Built
1853
Type
schooner
Tons
18
Feet
40
Fate
Lost off Waiheke, 1861
Vessel
James & Julia
Builder
Built
1855
Type
schooner
Tons
17
Feet
41
Fate
Māori owners, Bay of Plenty. Register closed 1867
Vessel
John
Builder
William McDougall
Built
1849
Type
schooner
Tons
25
Feet
44
Fate
Lost Gull Point off Wade, 1862
Vessel
Julia
Builder
Robert McDougall
Built
1849
Type
schooner
Tons
36
Feet
48
Fate
Wrecked Fox River, 1866
Vessel
Julia Pryce
Builder
Built
1871
Type
topsail schooner
Tons
41
Feet
61
Fate
Wrecked Aitutaki, 1888
Vessel
Lady of the Lake
Builder
Built
1876
Type
scow
Tons
22
Feet
53
Fate
Converted to barge, 1926
Vessel
Laetitia
Builder
Built
1870
Type
schooner
Tons
44
Feet
63
Fate
Sold to Samoa, 1879
Vessel
Lake St Clair
Builder
Built
1876
Type
scow
Tons
58
Feet

46

Fate
Broken up 1919
Vessel
Lark
Builder
Built
1860
Type
schooner
Tons
24
Feet
86
Fate
Register closed 1867. Not heard of for several years
Vessel
Linda Weber
Builder
Built
1877
Type
brigantine
Tons
114
Feet
42
Fate
Lost off East Cape, all hands, 1901, all hands
Vessel
Maggie
Builder
Built
1855
Type
schooner
Tons
15
Feet
44
Fate
Māori owners Maketu. Lost there 1858
Vessel
Mahurangi
Builder
Built
1865
Type
cutter
Tons
21
Feet
43
Fate
Wrecked Great Barrier 1892. All saved
Vessel
Maraniwi
Builder
Built
1859
Type
schooner
Tons
16
Feet
75
Fate
Captured and burned by East Coast Māori Jul 1865. 1 crew killed
Vessel
Builder
Built
1874
Type
topsail schooner
Tons
92
Feet
49
Fate
Lost Napier–Tairau, all hands, 1889, all hands
Vessel
Mary
Builder
John Parker
Built
1851
Type
schooner
Tons
46
Feet
46
Fate
Sold to Honolulu, 1852
Vessel
Mary Ann
Builder
Built
1855
Type
schooner
Tons
20
Feet
47
Fate
Wrecked Tauranga, 1857
Vessel
Maud
Builder
Built
1870
Type
cutter
Tons
40
Feet
76
Fate
Lost Fiji, 1878
Vessel
Maud Graham
Builder
Built
1876
Type
schooner
Tons
80
Feet
39
Fate
Driven ashore Port Robinson, North Canterbury, 1899
Vessel
Naumai
Builder
Built
1852
Type
schooner
Tons
14
Feet
71
Fate
Wrecked Hokianga between 1867 and 1871
Vessel
Nellie
Builder
Built
1876
Type
schooner
Tons
66
Feet
40
Fate
Lost Astrolabe Reef, Bay of Plenty, 1878
Vessel
North Shore
Builder
Built
1853
Type
schooner
Tons
19
Feet
92
Fate
Lost Whangaparāoa circa 1856
Vessel
Ōamaru
Builder
Built
1878
Type
brigantine
Tons
156
Feet
45
Fate
Sold to Singapore, 1893
Vessel
Post Boy
Builder
W Bradley, W Brown, C Dyer, G Jackson
Built
1849
Type
schooner
Tons
30
Feet
37
Fate
Sold foreign, 1851
Vessel
Robert
Builder
Built
1852
Type
schooner
Tons
15
Feet
53
Fate
Māori owners, Tauranga. Wrecked there 1860
Vessel
Rose
Builder
Built
1878
Type
cutter
Tons
37
Feet
66
Fate
Sold to Fiji, 1880
Vessel
Rosella
Builder
Built
1864
Type
schooner
Tons
36
Feet
85
Fate
Lost Hokitika Bar, 1865
Vessel
Rover
Builder
Built
1873
Type
schooner
Tons
33
Feet
65
Fate
Sold to Haapai, Tonga, 1880, Tonga
Vessel
Saxon
Builder
Built
1876
Type
schooner
Tons
58
Feet
46
Fate
Engined 1912 as Waro. Lost Waipu beach, 1916
Vessel
Sea Belle
Builder
Built
1864
Type
cutter
Tons
27
Feet
54
Fate
Lost Whangapoua, 1868
Vessel
Start
Builder
Built
1873
Type
cutter
Tons
27
Feet
81
Fate
Driven ashore, Kennedys Bay, 1893, Kennedys Bay
Vessel
Stately
Builder
Built
1866
Type
schooner
Tons
86
Feet
50
Fate
Driven ashore Ōamaru, 1867
Vessel
Three Sisters
Builder
Built
1858
Type
cutter
Tons
27
Feet
45
Fate
Lost Whangapoua, Great Barrier, 1872, Great Barrier
Vessel
Volunteer
Builder
Built
1863
Type
cutter
Tons
23
Feet
45
Fate
Lost off New Hebrides or New Caledonia after 1868
Vessel
Warkworth
Builder
Built
1874
Type
cutter
Tons
25
Feet
52
Fate
Lost South of Kaipara Entrance, 1908
Vessel
Whangarei
Builder
Built
1867
Type
cutter
Tons
32
Feet
57
Fate
Wrecked Great Barrier 1887. All saved
Vessel
Wild Duck
Builder
John P Oxley (Sharp?)
Built
1867
Type
ketch
Tons
43
Feet
35
Fate
Lost Queensland, pearling
Vessel
William
Builder
Built
1849
Type
cutter
Tons
15
Feet
53
Fate
Wrecked Auckland Harbour, gale 1863
Vessel
William & Julia
Builder
Built
1861
Type
schooner
Tons
33
Feet
~25
Fate
Māori owners Kaipara, then Mahurangi. Sold to Noumea, 1878
Vessel
Builder
spar station shipwright
Built
183?
Type
workboat
Tons

Feet
Fate
Length surmised, likewise the workboat’s dipping-lug rig
Vessel
Builder
Built
Type
Tons
Feet
Fate
Seventy-one vessels ranging from 14 to 183 tons burdenestimated tonnage of a vessel based on length and maximum beam, totalling 3406 tons, give or take the spar-station’s workboat, were built in the Mahurangi Harbour, with the latter exception, in the three decades ending 1880.

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