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The HYDRABAD was an iron-hulled full-rigged ship of 1,350 tons, built in 1865 at Port Glasgow. Length: 229.5', Beam: 37.2', Depth: 23.2'
On passage from Lyttelton to Adelaide, she was driven ashore on 24 June 1878 on Waiterere Beach between Foxton and Otaki on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
Despite at least two attempts to get her off, she stuck fast and was driven further up the beach.
She is still visible today and is now quite some distance from the sea. For many years she towered over those who visited her, but as the photos show, she is now full of sand. The photos were taken in 1997 and by now, she may have disappeared completely.


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She is still visible as far as I know
Mr Peter dunne of Wellington had a brother living at Waitarere beach,they are from a well known Hutt Valley sporting family, boxing mainly. However a matter of interest they owned a very good racing dog a few tears ago, the name Mr Hydrabad!
My great grandfather sailed to Adelaide Australia on the Hydrabad in 1877 landing on sunday the 16th of January 1878.
He kept a diary of the journey and I beleive he sailed there with his brother.
He returned to England and his brother remained in Australia.
I am trying to search for the existing family.
His diary is several pages and describes the sailing in detail
The first time I saw the wreck would have been around 1950 when the family was on holiday there.

The wreck then was still below the high tide mark and I can remember the pools of water left by the tide was full of crabs and small fish.

My older brothers climbed onto the wreck via a mast that was laying over the side.

Certainly moved a long way since then taking into consideration the effect of global warming.
Some photos from a couple of months ago - deteriated a lot since 1997 but still there...

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