[WANGANELLA ON BARRETTS REEF / HORSE RACING]
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The trans-Tasman passenger liner TSMV Wanganella stuck fast to Barrett Reef at the Entrance to Wellington Harbour.
Mid range shots of the ship resting in calm water. Tug attempts to drag the vessel from the rocks. The bow of the ship against the rocks. tugs. Extensive aerial views of the liner.
Horses paraded before races at Trentham Race Course, crowd watching on. Racing.
“At 11.30 p.m. on 19 January 1947 the captain of the Wanganella mistook the flashing buoy in front of Barrett Reef for the light to guide ships into Wellington harbour. The ship, with 400 passengers on a voyage from Sydney, struck the reef and remained fast on the rocks. The passengers were taken off the next day. For 18 days the ship was stuck, saved by fine weather, which became known as ‘Wanganella weather’. During that time there were a number of attempts to free the boat. Finally on 6 February tugs did succeed in hauling the boat free, and they towed it into Wellington Harbour. The ship was not repaired until October 1948.” www.teara.govt.nz
Reference number F602
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA