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Name Official number Flag IMO
AVON  52444  NZL   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1859  shipped   
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo   Iron Paddle Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Stobcross Yard  72 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
42 grt / 27 nrt / 58.2 ft  15.4 ft  6.5 ft   
Engine builder Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Glasgow
Engine detail
30nhp

1872 re-engined 20nhp 1-screw 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Canterbury Local Steam Navigation Co, Lyttleton.      
Other names
FAIRY KING (intended?) - 1868 CLYDE 
Subsequent owner and registration history
1862 New Zealand Government
1868 J & E Ellis, Auckland - reg Auckland (ON 52444)
1869 Joseph Banks, Shortland NZ
1871 Frederick Banks, Christchurch - reg Lyttelton
1878 John Duthie & John P Watts, Wanganui
1882 Edward Broughton, Wanganui
1883 H Lewis & E Broughton - reg Nelson
1883 Edward A Robinson, Nelson
188x F Trask, Nelson
9/1886 agreed sale to Mr Forman, Wellington not completed due to her looss.  
Vessel history
Shipped "in frame" and reassembled at Lyttelton.
8/2/1860 launched
Intended for service on River Avon at Chistchurch, but too large. Transferred to Lyttelton-Heathcote-Kaipoi service, but not registered
11/1862 taken up as a naval gunboat HMS AVON for the Waikato War. Towed to Onehunga for refit and arming
18/2/1864 snagged in Waipa River.
c1865 converted to coal hulk at Port Waikoto
1868 rebuilt by Robert Gibbons at Manukau
1872 re-engined and converted to screw propulsion, 41grt 34nrt, 58.3 x 15.6 x 6.4ft
c1883 engine removed as rigged as a ketch, 41nrt 
Remarks
The is vessel is referred to as FAIRY KING in "The Artizan" in May 1860 (no other reference found) 
End year Fate / Status
1886  Wrecked 30/09/1886 
Disposal Detail
Wrecked on Pinnacle Island at entrance to Croizelles Harbour, Blind Bay (ie Tasman Bay), New Zealand 
 

 



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