White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 TO 1900
the Waitara, a ship of 833 tons, built by Reed, of Glasgow, in 1863, and flying the New Zealand Shipping Co.'s flag, did not enjoy a long career in the New Zealand trade, as she was sunk in the English Channel by the Hurunui in 1883. Details of this disaster were supplied in the article on the Hurunui. Twenty of the passengers and crew were drowned, including a few old colonists who were returning to Wellington.
the Waitara Anchored At Gravesend.
the Waitara had a prolonged passage to Lyttelton in 1879 for this smart little ship. She left Gravesend on September 7, but, owing to westerly gales, did not leave Start Point until twelve days later. The passage to the Cape was made in the good time of sixty days, notwithstanding the delay in the channel. The vessel experienced continued easterly weather until September 19, and after passing the Leuwin she again met with easterly gales and calms, sighting Stewart Island on December 19, and arriving at Lyttelton on the 24th.
the Waitara, on her arrival at Wellington in 1882, was placed in quarantine, owing to an outbreak of fever on board.
the Waitara's records were:—
|—||Nov. 21, '77||Caborne||89|
|—||Dec. 21 '76||Caborne||92|
|Sep. 29, '81||Jan. 2, '82||Brown||95|
|Sep. 30||Dec. 29, '82||Brown||90|
|Aug. 19||Nov. 18, '74||Peek||91|
|Sep. 7||Dec. 24, '79||Cowell||109|
|Aug. 26||Dec. 12, '80||Cowell||108|
|Nov. 21, '77||Caborne||89|