Wahine ZMGW

Inter-island ferry Wahine
Inter-island ferry Wahine

TEV Wahine was a twin screw turbo-electric vessel owned by the Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand, and operating on the Lytellton-Wellington run. She sailed nightly except Sundays, with another Union company vessel, Maori, operating in the opposite direction.

Launching of Wahine in 1966 at Fairfields (Glasgow) Ltd
Launching of Wahine in 1966 at Fairfields (Glasgow) Ltd. Colin Munro photo, Alexander Turnbull Library
Cafeteria of Wahine, 1967
Cafeteria of Wahine, 1967. Photo: KE Niven & Co, Wellington. Alexander Turnbull Library

Gross tonnage: 8948
Net tonnage: 3930
Builder: Fairfields (Glasgow) Ltd
Length: 488ft 9in
Beam: 72ft 7in
Entered service: 1966
Wrecked: 1968

Wahine capsized and sank in 1968 after hitting Barrett’s Reef in the approaches to Wellington Harbour during a severe storm. Fifty-one people died.