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Tutanekai (1896 - 1931)

 

     

Photo Date: ca 1930's                                                                                   Photo Date: 16 Feb 1923

Tutanekai. Edwards, Gerald Harry, 1910- :Negatives. Ref: 1/4-018391-G.              Crew from the ship Tutanekai landing stores at Pencarrow lighthouse, Pencarrow Head.

Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.                                          Hart, Roger :Photographs of Somes Island and other subjects. Ref: 1/2-112298-F.

http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23038669                                                                Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22719526

  

Photo date: ca 1900

Ship Tutanekai. Post and telegraph collection :Mainly mail coach photographs ca. 1880's.. Ref: 1/4-019632-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22400100

Photo Date: 1896-1925

SS Tutanekai. De Maus, David Alexander, 1847-1925 :Shipping negatives. Ref: 1/1-003439-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23048014

Photo Date: ca 1920s

The ship Tutanekai, Harrison Cove, Milford Sound. Edwards, Gerald Harry, 1910- :Negatives. Ref: 1/4-018390-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23111807

Photo Date: ca 1910

Foredeck of the ship Tutanekai, with sailors alongside the cable winch. Post and telegraph collection :Mainly mail coach photographs ca. 1880's.. Ref: 1/4-019631-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22851422

 

The New Zealand Lighthouse Tender Tutanekai begun service in 1896.  254

Built in 1896 by D J Dunlop and Co, In the port of Glasgow.  254

Her original specifications were:

Weight: Gross tonnage 811.  254

Dimensions: Length 205.6 ft. Breadth 30.1 ft. Depth 14.8 ft.  254

Propulsion: 2 x T3cy 2scr 12 kn.  256

 

Captain Fairchild was master of the paddle-wheel steamer Sturt on the Waikato River and on the coast during the New Zealand wars. Then he was appointed Captain of the government paddle wheel steamer Luna, he then moved to the Stella. In 1877, Captain Fairchild was appointed master of the Hinemoa, he then was appointed Skipper of Tutanekai in 1896. Two years later Captain Fairchild was fatally injured on board the Tutanekai while supervising the loading of an engine.  14

Captain John Peter Bollons was appointed master of the Tutanekai.  14

In addition to her lighthouse duties she was used for cable laying. The cable machinery was supplied by Johnson and Phillips and was designed and built so it could be lifted out in one piece. It consisted of two 3 ft 2 in. diameter bow sheaves and the picking up-paying out machine was a double system driven by a twin cylinder steam engine capable of a lift of 20 tons at 1 knot.  254

In her capacity of Government yacht she has carried practically every Governor of New Zealand for the last 30 years, and has also been in attendance on the occasions of the visits to New Zealand by the present King and Queen as the Duke and Duchess of York, in 1901, the Prince of Wales in 1920, and the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927.  255

In 1900 she took a Government Party on a tour of the Pacific islands.  254

Later in her life she served duty as a passenger steamer between the South Island and Stewart Island.  254

She was scuttled off the Wellington Heads on February 2nd, 1931.  256

 

Sources

Additional Sources:

254http://www.atlantic-cable.com/CableCos/NewZealand/

255. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

256http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=15608

 

 

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