Friday, April 10, 2009

Kaipara Shipwrecks - 1841 Sophia Pate - A rough time line

Time Line for the Sophia Pate disaster

  • 1829 Built Yarmouth. Registered London. Owners Filby & Co – NZ Shipwrecks
  • 1838 Dr Richard Day on behalf of James Salter of Cork Ireland negotiates the purchase of 1000 acres of land in the Kaihu Valley from Parore for the Kaihu Settlement Scheme
  • 1840 – Families including Salter, Wilkinson, Stannard & Stewart embark on the Neptune from Plymouth
  • 1841
  • – April 4th The Neptune arrives in Sydney Harbour from Port Phillip
  • - Mrs Susannah Stuart Wilkinson dies on board ship from a burst blood vessel
  • - Mrs Stannard remains behind in Sydney
  • - James Salter Junior remains in Sydney
  • July 4th Sophia Pate leaves Sydney for New Zealand
  • July 16th Arrived in Auckland
  • August 12th Departed Auckland for Bay of Islands
  • August 18/19 Arrived Bay of Islands
  • August 18th – 22nd (?) Captain Harrison attempts to procure a pilot for the Kaipara Harbour. Offers passengers compensation if they walked overland to Kaihu but was refused. Three opted to disembark. Stannard & Stewart walk overland to Hokianga
  • August 22nd/23rd The Sophia Pate leaves the Bay of Islands
  • August 27th/28th Sophia Pate arrives at Kaipara Heads
  • August 28th/29th Stood off 24 hours waiting for the weather to clear
  • August 29th *Stannards account on date
  • 1 pm entered the Kaipara Harbour
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Vessel strikes the South Bank
  • 10 pm vessel broken up by heavy seas. Passengers washed overboard. Captain and crew enter jolly boat with John Stuart Wilkinson (aged 10 years) and Robert Harrison (aged 12 months)
  • 3 a.m. at low water survivors row away from the vessel to shore