1973: Stina sinks

At 0938 on 20 May 1973, Awarua Radio received a call on 2182 kHz from the fishing vessel Stina ZMVS indicating the 50-foot wooden boat had struck a rock near the entrance to Caswell Sound on the southern west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Awarua Radio broadcast a PAN message at 0943 asking vessels in the area to assist and, a few minutes later, relayed a MAYDAY call from Stina.

Attempts to take the vessel into the sound and beach her failed. At 9.49am the engineroom was under water and the two-man crew, Messrs BM Latta, owner-skipper, and PR Chaplin, were forced to abandon ship. They launched a dinghy and were rowing to the north side of the sound when they were picked up by the fishing vessel Seaway. The Stina later sank.1

Telegram from Awarua Radio superintendent Jack Ryan, pasted into the station logbook, recording the sinking of the fishing vessel Stina on 20 May 1973

Telegram from Awarua Radio superintendent Jack Ryan, pasted into the station logbook, recording the sinking of the fishing vessel Stina on 20 May 1973

Stina was built in 1933 at Port Chalmers.


Notes

1. Ingram, C.W.N. (1977). New Zealand shipwrecks, 1795-1975. Wellington, NZ: A.H. & A.W. Reed. p 444.