NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
THE SINKING OF THE SCHOONER RONA
OFF KAIPARA HEADS
08 AUGUST 1881
A VESSEL ASHORE AT KAIPARA.
Auckland Star, Volume XII, Issue 3443, 17 August 1881, Page 2
[BY TELEGRAPH.OWN CORRESPONDENT.]
HELENSVILLE, this day. The natives report that a vessel came on shore on Friday, opposite Helensville. She is bottom upwards, and part of her name was washed away. Four letters remain - "Rona" on the bow, and "Rod" on the stern.
LOSS OF THE SCHOONER RONA AND HER CREW.
Star , Issue 4158, 18 August 1881, Page 3
AUCKLAND, August 18,
There is little doubt but that the vessel reported by Natives as wrecked on the coast a few miles south of Kaipara Heads, is the schooner Rona, which usually traded to Lyttelton.
She left Auckland in ballast, on August 1, and was due at Kaipara quite a week ago. Further particulars received today state that the Maoris say that yards, blocks, and one anchor are upon the beach, the vessel being buried in sand, all but her copper.
The Rona was commanded by Captain Kenneth McKENZIE, half owner, who has had charge of her since she was built, two and a half years ago. He has a wife and four children, residing at Oamaru.
The names of the crew are Robert SMITH, Neil CARMICHAEL, Charles JOHNSON, and William EAGLE.
The vessel was insured for £400, only about half her value. D. H. McKenzie owns a half interest.
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