THE NEW ZEALAND MARITIME RECORD
0fficial number: 129043
1909 Built by Van Vliet and Company of Hardinxveld, the Netherlands for Shipping Investments Ltd, London, (Pile and Company managers).
1909 September Towed to the United Kingdom and engined by Grey of South Shields.
1909 October Purchased by Canterbury Steam Shipping Company.
1910 February 3 Arrived at Dunedin.
1910 Returned a gross profit of £3,033
1913 Returned a gross profit of £3,385
1914 August 7 In the morning a harbour defence gun at Fort Jervois on Ripa island fired on the Breeze. The shot fell astern and Captain W. Gordon assumed that a mistake had been made and went on his way.
1914 Returned a gross profit of £2,727
1921 February 9 Collided with s.s. Waverley (157 tons) at Wanganui.
1922 May 27 Stranded in Otago Harbour.
1922 November 11 Broke tail shaft off Moeraki while on a voyage from Lyttelton to Dunedin. Temporarily disabled but reached Oamaru under her own power.
1922 November 12 Towed from Oamaru to Port Chalmers for permanent repairs.
1910 Major refit, during which a freezing plant was fitted and the after hold insulated for carrying N.Z. Refrigerating Company's products from Wanganui and Picton to Wellington for transhipment to overseas vessels.
1927 December 1 Collided with lighter Thistle (97 g.r.t.) at Wanganui.
1928 May 4 Caught fire while on a voyage from Picton to Wanganui.
1928 Went ashore in Little Pigeon Bay on Banks Peninsula. The vessel got away, but her master, Captain Robertson was dismissed for trying to conceal the mishap from the owners.
1928 November 10 Collided with H.M.S. Dunedin at Wellington.
1928 December 5 Collided with the Florence in Queen Charlotte Sound.
1929 July 8 Sprang a leak at Wanganui.
1931 May 5 Stranded at Wanganui.
1931 December 18 Grounded in thick fog on a rock off Port Robinson jetty.
1931 December 19 Re-floated and subsequently declared a constructive total loss and abandoned to the underwriters. Her hull was then stripped and offered to Navy for use as a target.
1932 February 11 Whilst being towed from the inner harbour at Lyttelton by H.M.S.Wakakura, assisted by H.M.S. Laburnum and tug Lyttelton, she broke adrift, going aground in Breeze Bay (formerly Northwest Bay), Lyttelton Heads, where parts of her wreck are still visible.
Below: oil painting of the wreck in the Lyttelton Museum
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