The Airedale shipwreck

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Feb 1871
The steamer Airedale left Manukau on 13 February 1871 and struck a reef near Taniwha Point, just north of the mouth of the Waitara River.
All passengers and crew made it safely to shore and the mail on board was also saved. Much of the machinery and fittings from the ship were salvaged and little remains of the wreck.
The reports, dated February 1871, are from the Collector of Customs inquiring into the loss of the Airedale.

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Feb 1871
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Inquiry into wrecks. Application of Richard Chilman, Principal Officer, Customs to the Resident Magistrate and a Justice of the Peace for an enquiry. 17 February 1871.

Letter to The Resident Magistrate, New Plymouth, requesting a formal investigation into the loss of the S.S. Airedale from Richard Chilman. 17 February 1871.

Statement of Henry Worsp, Master of the S.S. Phoebe. (copy) 14 February 1871.

Appointment of William Smith Atkinson to act as Nautical Assesor in the enquiry. 17 February 1871.

Casualty return for the S.S. Airedale. Gives the particulars of the ship, crew, cargo and voyage and details of her voyage prior to the shipwreck. 27 February 1871.

Inquiry into wrecks. Report on the wreck of the S.S. Airedale sSigned by H. Eyre Kenny, Resident Magistrate, Richard Chilman, Collector of Customs and W.S. Atkinson, Nautical Assessor. 27 February 1871.

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