Wahine disaster – 50 years on

On the 10 April 1968, the Wahine sank in Wellington Harbour with 735 people on board. 53 lost their lives.

via RNZ

On 10 April 1968, the ‘Wahine’ sunk in Wellington Harbour, becoming New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. As nzhistory.net.nz notes, “fifty-one people lost their lives that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck.” More information on the Wahine Disaster, including an interactive timeline and other media, can be found at http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/w…

This video was created by Archives New Zealand in 2013 for the 45th anniversary of the disaster. It shows a number of images and documents on the ‘Wahine’ from our holdings, including onboard photographs, images of the rescue effort, and underwater shots.

Archives Reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEM-lE…

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