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Wahine Disaster – 50 Years On

Wahine sinking – New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster

The date of 10 April 1968 has a permanent place in New Zealand’s history. On that day, the most profound tragedy struck when the Lyttelton to Wellington ferry Wahine sank at the entrance to Wellington harbour. Fifty-three people lost their lives as a result.

The storm made its mark on Scots College too – the Aitken roof had to be replaced, holes were torn in the roof of Gibb House, many pines from the plantation were lost and there were large gaps in the trees along Broadway with almost the entire line of Macrocarpas lining Monorgan Road gone. On a more personal level students and staff lost family members, suffered damage to properties and were involved in the recovery.

The Wahine 50 Trust have planned a number of official events to take place throughout the Wellington region including Seatoun on 10 April to mark this event. For more information go to http://www.wahine50.org.nz/

Wahine sinking. Image courtesy of Michael Ashdown

 

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