On 5 September 1883, went ashore on Great Barrier Island, and became a total wreck. At the time the vessel was taking in a cargo of timber for Auckland, when the wind suddenly rose and blew with great violence, forcing the Rangitira to drag her anchors and drift ashore. Every effort was made to save the cutter, but in vain, and in a very short time she became a complete wreck, heavy seas making clean breaches over her.
The loss of the cutter deprived Auckland of one of, if not the smartest cutter belonging to that port. Owned and commanded by Captain Tenetahi, with a native crew. The Rangitira was the 'terror' of all her class of cutters at the Auckland annual regatta, and whenever she entered the list of competitors the other entrants did not aspire higher than second honours.
The Rangitira, No. 75,114, 27 tons, built at Little Omaha in October 1876, by Angus Matheson. Length 52.4ft., beam 16ft., and depth 6.2ft.
Source: "New Zealand Shipwrecks 200 Years of Disasters at Sea" by Lynton Diggle, Edith Diggle and Keith Gordon. 2007.
Tenetahi also used the cutter Rangatira (sic) and with his wife Rahui traded in it. It was wrecked somewhere near Flat Island during a storm.
"The Maori were very active and successful fishermen. One in particular was Tenetahi, a member of the Ngati-Wai sub-tribe, who once owned Little Barrier Island. Tenetahi
was a ship owner as well as a fisherman, owning the scow 'Ida' which had a characteristic permanent list to starboard, which was counteracted by her owner carrying a kauri log slung outboard on the port side. Every summer Tenetahi and his crew would sail 'Ida' to the Mokohinau Islands to fish for hapuka. They would sail back to the Auckland markets with the huge fish cut up and hanging in the rigging to dry. It is understood if one passed to leeward of the Ida at this time it was unlikely for many a day to forget the powerful fragrance of sun-drying hapuka."
Source: From a tape of Graeme Murdoch in 'Tales From Great Barrier Island' by Helen Jordan Luff. page 53
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