Story: Shipwrecks

The Hawea on the Grey River bar

The Hawea on the Grey River bar

Another West Coast harbour with a dangerous river bar was Greymouth. This shows the Hawea soon after she ran aground at the entrance to the Grey River at 1.30 p.m. on 30 October 1908. There was a heavy swell, and the crew was in imminent danger of being swept overboard. A line was cast on board by rocket and, as shown in this photo, the crew were brought ashore one at a time. The last man landed at 4.15 p.m., and soon after the Hawea broke up.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, West Coast Historical and Mechanical Society Collection
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Gerard Hutching, 'Shipwrecks - Graveyard harbours', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006