Ranui wreckage 02-155

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Ranui was a kauri passenger launch of 45ft. It capsized returning to Tauranga with a party of campers and fishermen from Mayor Island and was wrecked in tempestuous seas at North Rock, Mount Maunganui on 28 December 1950. Nineteen holiday makers and three crew drowned. The sole survivor was nineteen-year-old Phillip H. G. Smith of Tauranga. The launch had been in service only a few weeks. Court found the disaster was the result of an exceptionally high wave which capsized the Ranui when well into the channel at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour.

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Ranui wreckage 02-155

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