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La Plata

Wooden barque
Displacement: 393 tons
Length: 41 metres

1863         Built at Grimstad, on the South-west coast of Norway and first registered to the Donaldson Line at the port of Glasgow.  She served on the service between the Clyde, Brazil and the River Plate trade route for a number of years before appearing in New Zealand.

1872         Sold to A. Cross and W. Kennedy of Chile.

1903         Purchased by the Union Steam Ship Company.

Undated         Burnt out in the Cook Islands while loaded with Copra, she was towed to Auckland and thence to Lyttelton and converted to a hulk.

1927     July     Dismantled at Lyttelton.

1927     October 13     Beached at Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour, she must have been confronted with a rapidly receeding tide when meeting her final destiny in the graveyard, as she's much further out from the shore than any of the other vessels.  At high tide the ribs of her hull pose a real threat to speed boats.

James Turner says she had a reputation for being very unlucky!


Circa 1980
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