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NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
SINKING OF MV KAITAWA
NEAR PANDORA BANK, CAPE REINGA, NORTHLAND, NORTH ISLAND
MONDAY 23 MAY 1966

The MV Kaitawa, was a coal collier on its way from Westport to Portland, Whangarei with 2,957 tons of coal.

During the night of the 23 May 1966 the ship ran into heavy seas approaching the Pandora Bar and the crew sent a MAYDAY request for help. However contact was lost and no more was heard of the ship until wreckage began floating ashore. As no one survived it is assumed that the ship was overcome by heavy seas and sank.

For further information see New Zealand Shipwrecks - 1795 - 1975 by C W N Ingram ISBN 0589 010476 REED Books.

Dedicated to the 29 men who losts their lives with the sinking of the MV Kaitawa.

BYRNE T W Crew Orderley
CASEY G G AB
CLARKSON V AB
COLLETT D Assistant Cook
COLLINS M G Second Officer
EMMERSON G Second Engineer
FLETCHER C Motorman
FOX J W Third Engineer
HAYWARD I A Deck Boy
HILL R I Bosun
HORROBIN O P Chief Engineer
JONES G Assistant Steward
McEWEN R C C Chief Officer
McLEAN J Motorman
McLEARY J Motorman
MEEKIN A AB
MOWAT P D Radio Officer
O'CONNELL J Assistant Steward
OLIVER B AB
PICKLES J Chief Steward
PULEKULA C OS
SHELDON K Acting AB
SHERLOCK G R Captain
SMITH B W E Chief Cook
UNDERWOOD W Electrician
WALKER T F AB
WILLIAMS R Fourth Engineer
WILSON J AB
WRIGHT J E Motorman

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