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Forecasting Begins01/01/1868, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Changes in the weather were a hazard to ships in New Zealand waters, particularly ships loading or unloading in exposed anchorages. On 3 February 1868 the ships Star of Tasmania, and Water Nymph and the ketch Otago were all...
Kopuawhara Flash Flood14/02/1938, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The deadliest flash flood in New Zealand history occurred in the Kopuawhara stream between Gisborne and Wairoa in February 1938. In the middle of a Saturday night, the stream rose rapidly by five metres after thunderstorms in the coastal hills. Carrying...
1947 Wanganella Weather 19/01/1947, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Possibly the best weather ever to attend a shipwreck in New Zealand occurred in January 1947. The passenger ship Wanganella, which had been a hospital ship during the Second World War, was returning to the trans-Tasman run. En route from Sydney...
Good Weather for Sinking26/06/1918, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
Adverse weather is not responsible for all maritime tragedies . In fact, benign conditions lessened the scale of the tragedy when the steamer Wimmera, bound for Sydney, struck a mine 18 miles north of Cape Maria Van Dieman before dawn on 26 June...
Rimutaka Rail Tragedy11/09/1880, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
High winds caused a tragic accident on the railway line over the Rimutaka Range between Wellington and Wairarapa on 11 September 1880. The track over the mountains had been open less than two years. It was so steep that the trains were driven...
Cyclone Gisele and the sinking of the Wahine10/04/1968, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
The storm that grew out of tropical cyclone Gisele caused the strongest wind ever recorded in New Zealand - 181 km/h (98 knots) gusting 269 km/h (145 knots) at Oteranga Bay west of Wellington. Although it wrought havoc to thousands of properties in...
A Hazardous Passage24/11/2014, Written by: Erick Brenstrum | 0 comments
“Had a ver ruf day the sea running mountains high, the ship reeling to and frow like a drunkin man, chists upsetting, watter cans pots & pans tumbeling in all directions.”So wrote an immigrant named Mathieson travelling to Dunedin...
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