Topic: Remains of the Ranui (2015)

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Sixty-five years after the Ranui Disaster in 1950, Lee Switzer took the following photographs of the site. The photographs were taken on a calm day at low tide.

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Ranui was a kauri passenger launch. On 28 December 1950 the Ranui was wrecked in tempestuous seas at North Rock, Mount Maunganui. She was carrying a party of campers and fishermen from Tuhua (Mayor Island). A total of nineteen holiday makers and three crew were drowned. 

Ranui Shipwreck (1950) by Lee Switzer 1

 

Ranui Shipwreck (1950) by Lee Switzer 2

 Diesel engine. Sixty-three horse power.

Ranui Shipwreck (1950) by Lee Switzer 3

SEAWARD OF THIS ROCK LIE THE REMAINS OF A LOCALLY OWNED LAUNCH
THE RANUI
WRECKED IN HEAVY SEAS ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE ON THE 28TH DECEMBER 1950
WITH THE LOSS OF 22 LIVES

Ranui Shipwreck (1950) by Lee Switzer

A memory from Ellen McCormack: I was working on the manual telephone exchange in Katikati on the day that the boat sank. When news came through from Tauranga about the accident, the phone lines went crazy and the telephone board ran out of connections, so it was certainly a day etched in my memory. There were people in Katikati with friends on board the boat.

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