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From: "Murray Reid" <>
Subject: Re: [nz] Records of vessels lost on home journey
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 11:11:31 +1200
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"NZ Shipwrecks" P211
"Kilmeny" May 1883. Lost at sea. Sailed 5May, Wellington to Newcastle. Crew
of 16.

The Kilmeny was an iron barque (reg.# 76756) built in Glasgow 1877. 792 ton
and 194 ft long.

Pretty big for only 16 crew?

Murray Reid.
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From: "carogene" <>
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Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 10:03 AM
Subject: [nz] Records of vessels lost on home journey

> For those with knowledge of seamen and vessel records I have a slightly
> different angle to persue:
> Where would I find a list of vessels that went down with all hands,
> probably on the return voyage to the UK ?
> My g grandfather arrived in Wellington as a seaman sometime pre March
> 1884,
> he was born in London. The earliest record in NZ I have of him, is from
> Paperspast as a member of the Petone Navals on 24 March 1884.
> He told his family here that he decided to desert and hid in the hills
> above
> the city for the night. There was a terrible earthquake during the night,
> so
> he changed his mind about staying here and raced back down to the docks at
> first light. Only to see his vessel leaving the harbour! It was lost with
> all hands some time later.
> Another member of the family had done a lot of research to find the name
> of
> the vessel, we thought it was the KILMENY.
> Although I could not find any record of an earthquake in Wellington that
> night, (some part of the story may not be true!) I have kept an open mind
> as we could never get a crew list.
> Two days ago the g grand daughter of the captain of the Kilmeny emailed
> me,
> in response to a message I had posted in 2004. She has the crew list,
> there
> is no sign of the name I am seeking.
> Thanks for any help you are able to offer.
> Carolyn
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