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Northern Steam Ship Company

KOPU     1897 - c1935/1936

KOPU  1897 - c1935/1936 Photograph: Historical Maritime Park, Paeroa
KOPU with a barge in tow, heading up the Piako River near Tahuna.
Photograph: Historical Maritime Park, Paeroa

 

Built:

1897

Builder:

John Young at Thames.

Tonnage:

18 net

Type:

Paddle steamer

Entered Fleet:

1897

Left Fleet:

c1935/1936

Career:

1897 built for R. Gibbons of Kopu but bought by Northern Steam Ship Company while building. Used for towing up to two barges on the Waihou and Piako rivers.
1935 or 1936 was sunk at her mooring on the Waihou River near the Ngahina Wharf, a mile and a half from Paeroa. Vandals or children are thought to have interfered with a valve, which caused the vessel to fill with water.
1980 raised and moved to a mud berth at Paeroa. Hull in poor condition. Restoration is planned, but has not taken place.
1999 owned by Paeroa Historical Maritime Park.

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