NEW ZEALAND's FAR NORTH .....
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                      SHIPWRECKS of the FAR NORTH ...        


 



 





                    
              The early years were difficult times for the first settlers to
  the Far North. The rugged topography meant many settlements were
  unapproachable, roads were non existent, communications poor and the
  ability to deliver goods to main centres extremely difficult. The coast
  and harbours were the only viable option as commerce routes and gave
  rise to a proliferation of coastal shipping, traders and scows.
         Whilst a godsend to the remote settlements, the coastline
  of the Far North had its own hazards. Many of the harbours were
  exposed to the full force of the elements, none more so than those
  along the West Coast, others with treacherous bars that had to be
  navigated. It is not surprising then that the Far North is no stranger
  to maritime loss with over 70 recorded wrecks along 200 miles of
  coastline the first recorded being that of the "Betsy" in 1815.
  One could be forgiven for laying blame on the lack of maritime
  technology in those years, however, near 200 years later vessels are
  still claimed by the uncontrollable elements. Many are a complete loss,
  others salvaged, all a reminder of an unpredictable environment.
  Early or modern they hold varying degrees of fascination and history,
  each a tale unto themselves. 









 
                                                                

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