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Name Official number Flag IMO
Year built Date launched Date completed
1863  16/06/1863   
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo   Iron Paddle Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
Archibald Denny, Dumbarton Church Yard  28 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
463 grt / 327 nrt / 167.3 ft  22.1 ft  15.8 ft  7.5 ft 
Engine builder Denny & Company, Dumbarton
Engine detail
2cyl diagonal 100nhp
Engine No.90 

First owner First port of register Registration date
James Galbraith, Glasgow  Glasgow   
Other names
Subsequent owner and registration history
1863 Edward B Cargill, Dundedin (for resale)
1864 John Jones & John Cargill (Otago Steam Navigation Co), Dunedin NZ - reg Dunedin 
Vessel history
Replacement for CITY OF DUNEDIN, sold before completion as blockade runner GRANITE CITY (Yd 26) 
End year Fate / Status
1865  Missing 20/05/1865 
Disposal Detail
Missing, presumed foundered in Cook Strait, as some wreckage later found.
20/5/1865 sailed Wellington for Nelson and Hokitika and then disappeared. 25 crew and at least 22 passengers lost.

"The 'City of Dunedin' left Wellington about five o’clock on Saturday evening, May 20, 1865 bound for Nelson and Hokitika. (Nelson Examiner June 1, 1865). Aboard were Captain James Parker Boyd 24 crew, and at least 22 passengers . Weather was variously reported as calm or running a strong swell from the SE. Miss McNamarama of Terawhiti , near where the steamer is commonly thought to have sunk, may have been the last person to see the steamer. She reported that later on the same day, "when she was a mile from home at Terawhiti and just before dark, she saw a steamer close in on the rocks and looking as if it was going round and round and would not steer. The sailors were pulling the sails up and down and appeared to be in confusion. On reaching the station she asked her mother to come and see but her mother was busy and did not go" (source: Otago Witness pg. 9, Sept 9, 1865). Wreckage was first found on May 21 at the Pilot's Station. The first search conducted was on May 27th from Wellington. All of the wreckage reported in the weeks immediately following the sinking was found east of Sinclair Head to Island Bay and Pencarrow, and in Palliser Bay. The ship’s figurehead was found on the beach in Palliser Bay which provided the final proof that the 'City of Dunedin' had met her fate. No survivors were located and no bodies were ever recovered. While it is commonly speculated that the 'City of Dunedin' was lost near Karori or Tom's Rock off Terawhiti, the wreck has, to this day, never been located. The pattern of wreckage could suggest that the steamer sank much closer to Wellington harbour - perhaps she ran into problems and was returning to Wellington when disaster struck." 


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