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Hinemoa (1876 - 1944)

Date: [between 1876-1925]

CGS Hinemoa at Port Chalmers. Ref: 1/1-003337-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Date: 1894

The New Zealand Government ship `Hinemoa' moored at a wharf. Pollock album. Ref: PA1-f-049-1-2. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


Registered Ship number 69016  330

The Hinemoa was of a similar design to the Stella and was built the same year by Robert Scott and Company, Cartsyke, on the River Clyde.  330

Her original specifications were:

542 tons gross and 282 tons net register.  19  330

207 feet long, with a beam of 25 feet and draught of 15 feet.  330

Two compound-surface condensing engines of 150 b.h.p.  330

Speed: 12 knots.  330

The Hinemoa cost 23,500 to build and a further amount of 1,833 18s.  2d.  was paid out for extras.  330

On July 8, 1876 she left Greenock en-route to New Zealand under the command of Captain Watson. She arrived in Wellington on October 2, 1876.  330

In 1877, Captain John Fairchild was appointed the master of the Hinemoa, however he was also to continue to command the lighthouse tender Stella. Previously Captain Fairchild was master of the paddle-wheel steamer Sturt on the Waikato River and on the coast during the New Zealand wars. He was then appointed master of the government paddle wheel steamer Luna, and then appointed master of the Stella 330

In 1878, the Hinemoa was handed over to Marine Department.  330

In 1881, the Hinemoa was used to move the tower from Mana Island to Cape Egmont 330

In 1888, the Hinemoa was overhauled at a cost of 7,585 and upon re-commission took over the lighthouse duties from the Stella 330  At the same time, Captain John Fairchild transferred to the Hinemoa permanently.  330

In 1895, Captain J. Neale was appointed master. The Hinemoa was sent to the Auckland and Campbell Islands to prevent sealing during the off season, and the Terranora was chartered from the Post and Telegraph Department to assist with servicing lighthouses. Captain Fairchild went to Britain to bring out the Tutanekai330

In December of 1896 the Hinemoa was withdrawn from service with the intention that the Tutanekai take over. She was offered up for sale, however there were no offers. She continued in service mainly used by the Railways Department to move equipment from port to port.  330

In 1897, Captain C. F. Post was appointed master.  330

In 1898, Captain Fairchild was fatally injured on board the Tutanekai while supervising the loading of an engine.  330  Captain C. F. Post was appointed master of Tutanekai, while John Peter Bollons who had served under both Fairchild and Post was appointed master of the Hinemoa 330

In 1911, the Hinemoa was again withdrawn from service and offered for sale. And once again there were no buyers so she was returned to service.  330

In 1922, she was laid up and replaced by the Tutanekai. After a major refit of the Tutanekai , Captain Bollins was appointed master.  330

She was then purchased by David W. McKay, who was to later sell her in 1941, to the Department of Industries and Commerce for scrapping. In 1942 it is reported the Royal New Zealand Navy purchased the Hinemoa and towed to Bluff. In 1943, she was towed to Lyttleton and stripped of her boilers, engines, etc.  330

On August 5, 1944 the minesweepers Hautapu, Waima, Awatere, Maimai and Pahau, used the Hinemoa as a target for their 12-pounder guns but they only achieved two hits out of the 89 shells fired.  Later the same day she was sunk by explosive charges in 120 fathoms in Pegasus Bay, 60 miles North-East of Lyttelton, at 43 17" S, 173 50" E.  330




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