Tasmanian Maid[edit | edit source]
Land wars[edit | edit source]
In 1863 she was converted for naval use as a gunboat during the New Zealand land wars. In 1863 she was principally used to blockade the Waihou River (Thames River).
In 1865 charges of mutiny were laid against Captain Hannibal Marks for disobeying the orders of Francis Cadell. Cadell had ordered the ship to leave port without its captain due to him being delayed. The ship hit the bar while leaving port, and Marks reboarded the ship in a rowing boat. Marks was suspended and replaced with Captain Fox. When his crew refused to follow the new captain they were also suspended by Cadell. The ship was sold and the services of Marks dispensed with before any of the charges came to trial.
Wreck[edit | edit source]
In 1865 she reverted to civilian use as a passenger steamship and regained her name Tasmanian Maid. She was wrecked on Kawarau Reef, New Plymouth in 1868.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Shipbuilding on the River Tees". http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/richardsonduck/tasmanianmaid1856.htm. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "The British Forces in New Zealand". 25 January 1864. p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13084929. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "CORRESPONDENCE RELATIVE TO THE SUSPENSION OF CAPTAIN MARKS, LATE OF THE S S. 'SANDFLY.'". 13 September 1865. p. 5. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=DSC18650913.2.20.
- "PS Tasmanian Maid Wreck Site". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. http://www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/RegisterSearch/RegisterResults.aspx?RID=9521.
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