NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
THE COLLISION OF THE DORIS AND TE ATU
NAPIER
WEDNESDAY 28 DECEMBER 1932

Ten waterside workers were drowned as the result of a collision between two vessels at the entrance of the inner harbour, Napier, at 11.30 p.m on the 28 December 1932.

The launch Doris was returning from the roadstead, where an overseas vessel had been worked, and had a party of thirty-one watersiders on board. At the entrance to the inner harbour the launch collided with the Richardson Company's vessel Te Atu, and sank. Twenty men reached the shore alive. The sea was calm, but a light rain was falling, and visibility was poor at the time of the disaster.

See
DISASTER AT NAPIER
Evening Post, Volume CXIV, Issue 155, 29 December 1932, Page 8
for further details.

Those who were killed were:

ANDREWS Walter 39 Battery Road. Married with three children
APLIN Robert Kantore 58 Charles Street, Westshore. Married with seven children
BOYD Alexander Moncrieff 51 Meanee Quay, Westshore. Married with two children
BROWN-COOPER Eddie Cecil 28 Carlyle Street, Napier. Married with four children
JOHNSON Harold 40 West Shore. Married
KITT Thomas Ridley 39 Campbell Street, Port Ahuriri. Married with one child
LOW Norman Walles 38 Nelson Crescent. Married with four children
METCALFE [MEDCALF] Jethro Henry Emson 48 66 Battery Road. Married with one child
WILSON John Hopper 67 124 Waghorne Street, Port Ahuriri,. Married with three grown up children
WOODS James 60 Shakespeare Road. Married with one daughter

Those rescued were:

BOYD J
DUNN F
EDDY B
FORNE J
HARRISON H L
JONES P
JONES R
JOSEPH J
LE GEYT C
MANNING H
McKINNEY D
MENTZER E
NIHEMIA P
NIMMO R
OEMCKE F
PLUNKET B
PRATT R
WILMOT W
WILSON P S
WITHINGTON A


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