Story: Shipwrecks

The Wahine on its side

In the early afternoon, as this television clip shows, the Wahine dramatically turned on its side. Lifeboats on one side could not be launched. A number of passengers were unable to find a space in those lifeboats, nor were they picked up by other boats. They were washed eastwards towards Eastbourne. 51 people died that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shipwrecks - 20th-century shipwrecks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006