For many New Zealanders 10 April 1968 will always be remembered for the tragic loss of the WAHINE with the loss of 51 lives. Though 39 years have passed since that terrible day for those involved onboard or ashore the events have had a lasting effect.
She really was imposing wasn't she. For what she was I don't believe any other ferry possessed such a powerful looking hull. I'm sure there will be some visitors to the memorial at Seatoun today - our thoughts are with you.
Amen to that dedication Emmanuel.
I suppose that includes us too as our lives have been touched by it.
If only that we remember it today but that some of us travelled on her, albeit at avery young age [in mycase]
Yes indeed it is hard to believe 39 years have gone by since that day. I remember as an Apprentice on 'WAITAKI', anchored at Port Swettenham Capt. Andy Keyworth advising us along with the Mates, Engineers & Bosun of the tragedy just prior to us sailing for Singapore and I still have the Newspaper cuttings of the sinking from the Straits Times . I sailed on 'WAIKARE', in June of that year with the R/O & a few others from 'WAHINE'.