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Old 25th January 2007, 07:07
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Exclamation HMS Orpheus

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.

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Old 3rd April 2007, 12:46
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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.

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Old 3rd April 2007, 12:53
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Hi Martin
Thanks for that, I will see if I can get a copy.
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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.
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Huia I think, Raybnz.


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Thankyou Ngaio. All going well I might get up there over Easter.
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HMS Orpheus sinking: Richard Brydges Beechey's 1863 painting of the disaster.


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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.
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The names of the casualties and survivors of the loss of HMS Orpheus are listed here:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb....y/orpheus.html
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HMS Orpheus

Several of the crew are also buried along side St Peters Church on the corner of Queen and Church St, Onehunga.
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Old 3rd September 2007, 10:14
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The names of the casualties and survivors of the loss of HMS Orpheus are listed here:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb....y/orpheus.html
Thanks for that info, I will add it to to the post.

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