Date: 10 April 1968
Place: Wellington Harbour entrance near Barrett Reef light bouy.
While attempting to regain the open sea. The bridge watch of the TEV Wahine sight the light bouy off the southern end of the reef. Acting on instinct the captain orders "Full astern both" to
This is how QM Ken McLeod descibed the sea that nearly capsized the Wahine at 6:14am...
before the ship hit Barrett Reef.
"Eternal Father strong to save,
whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
located at Palmer Head this side thruster was originally salvaged from the wreck of the Wahine.
Manufactured by Plueger the thruster was used on 10 April to help move the ship away from the Pencarrow coast which can be seen throught the trees.
WAHINE this picture taken from KAWERAU as we entered Wellington from Lyttelton! This was about 4 months after the WAHINE sinking in April 10th 1968. The capt of Kawerau at this time was H.G. Robertson who was Wahine's Captain when she sank. This voyage must have been a "nightmare" for him
I did this trip yesterday which was the anniversary of the Wahine disaster.
I was very mindful of what happend here and what really got and shocked me
was how close we were to shore yet no one was able to swim over there on the day.
Wahine laying on side Wellington Harbour not long after her sinking. I was on Holmdale en route to Chatham Islands..very quiet on board ..every body knew some one on it etc.Not a great photo ..but there it is.