Underwater Heritage Group New Zealand
Great Barrier Island Shipwrecks
‘Shipwrecks of Great Barrier Island’ was published September, 2010, and is A4, 56 pages, includes many illustrations, some in colour.
The book brings together all that is currently known about the island’s shipwrecks as well as articles on the centennial in 1994 of the sinking of the S.S. Wairarapa, and the survivors of the Rose-Noelle coming ashore on the island in 1989 after 119 days adrift - one of the great survival stories.
Available online at Comm Media Ltd website.
A World War II minefield believed to have been laid off the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour on Banks Peninsula, has eluded navy searchers as port authorities plan to dredge a deeper channel.
The 10 mines, thought to weigh up to 1000kg each, were apparently laid by the German minelayer, Adjutant, in June, 1941.
They were not moored but lay on the seabed and were detonated by the acoustic or magnetic activity of ships passing overhead.
None of the mines exploded and no ships were sunk and the navy believes over the years the mines sank into the "glutinous ooze" of the seabed.
The story of a motor ship saved from the scrapper by Colin Amodeo
128 pages, B & W photographs, maps, and sketches plus colour insert published by the MV Tuhoe Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust
Available from Kaiapoi and Rangiora bookshops, Kaiapoi i-SITE or contact Kaiapoi Promotion Association directly.
There are two parts to Tuhoe Tales – the first based on tape-recorded interviews made in 1985-86 with her wartime master, Edwin Couldrey of Auckland, as well as from his 1987 memoirs; together with extracts from wartime USN Chief Officer Philip Walker’s diary and the recollections of several former wartime Tuhoe crew members.