HMS Orpheus

Brian Twyman
25th January 2007, 07:07
HMS Orpheus, a transport ship heading for the Waikato land wars, was wrecked on the Manukau Bar on 7 February 1863 with the loss of 189 lives, the worst shipwreck in NZ history.

140 years later it will be remembered this year by unveiling a permanent memorial at Mangere Bridge on the Manukau Harbour. The civic ceremony will include a parade followed by the unveiling and blessing of a half size replica of one of the ship's cannons.

We shall not forget them.


Ngaio 62
3rd April 2007, 12:46
There is an excellent display in the National Maritime Museum.
I was able to see this when I was up in Auckland to see the QM2.
Brian, if you can get your hands on it,
I must recommend Thayer Fairburn's book The Orpheus Disaster.
This book is out of print but it will be in the central library in Auckland
or a good second hand bookseller may have a copy.
In my photo gallery is a postcard of the disaster which was published in the late 1960's
as part of a Sanitarium series called Ships That Served New Zealand.



Brian Twyman
3rd April 2007, 12:53
Hi Martin
Thanks for that, I will see if I can get a copy.

3rd April 2007, 20:01
There is also a small museum on the North Shore of Manukau Harbour along with some graves. Not sure what the place name is but will find out. Have been meaning to take a trip and see for myself.

Ngaio 62
3rd April 2007, 22:48
Huia I think, Raybnz.


4th April 2007, 08:03
Thankyou Ngaio. All going well I might get up there over Easter.

Brian Twyman
4th April 2007, 14:25
HMS Orpheus sinking: Richard Brydges Beechey's 1863 painting of the disaster.


roy allan
16th June 2007, 06:17
hi guys, i believe there were a few graves at cornwallace which are difficult to find now and a lot of the crew were buried at onehunga.
hope i was of some help

3rd September 2007, 00:36
The names of the casualties and survivors of the loss of HMS Orpheus are listed here:

3rd September 2007, 10:11
Several of the crew are also buried along side St Peters Church on the corner of Queen and Church St, Onehunga.
Bob Wolfenden

Brian Twyman
3rd September 2007, 10:14
The names of the casualties and survivors of the loss of HMS Orpheus are listed here:

Thanks for that info, I will add it to to the post.