The Airedale shipwreck
The steamer Airedale left Manaukau on the 13th Feb 1871 and struck a reef near Taniwha Point, not far from the mouth of the Waitara River, North Taranaki.
All passengers and crew landed safely. Much of the machinery and fittings from the ship were salvaged and little remains of the wreck.
The reports, dated February 1871 are from the Collector of Customs inquiring into the loss of the Airedale.
Inquiry into wrecks. Application of Richard Chilman, Principal Officer, Customs to the Resident Magistrate and a Justice of the Peace for an enquiry. 17 Feb. 1871.
Letter to The Resident Magistrate, New Plymouth requesting a formal investigation into the loss of the S.S. Airedale from Richard Chilman. 17 Feb. 1871
Statement of Henry Worsp, Master of the S.S. Phoebe. (copy) 14 Feb. 1871
Appointment of William Smith Atkinson to act as Nautical Assesor in the enquiry. 17 Feb. 1871
Casualty return for the S. S. Airedale. Gives the particulars of the ship, crew, cargo and voyage and details of her voyage prior to the shipwreck. 27 Feb. 1871
Inquiry into wrecks. Report on the wreck of the S.S. Airedale. 27Feb. 1871. Signed by H. Eyre Kenny, Resident Magistrate, Richard Chilman, Collector of Customs and W. S. Atkinson, Nautical Assesor.