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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.

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.

» Read the story of radio communications during the Wahine disaster