|Farm Implement Shed at Wallaceville
|Windfall at Wallaceville Picnic Area
A day or so later (I was part of a mountain search and rescue group) I was asked to help search the coast for any of the 51 bodies. We didn't find any but I did manage to get a photo of the Lady Elizabeth, the harbour police launch rescuing another boat from some rocks - my photo made the Dominion newspaper and I made a few pounds - as money was referred to in those days. And there was much debris along the coast.
|Lady Elizabeth Rescuing Boat
|Wahine Lifeboat Beached
Forty years later my printmaking tutor, Joan Travaglia, told me that she had been on the Wahine that day when it foundered in Wellington Harbour. She died just over a year ago. Since that time in Wellington I've done some boating and yachting and find it hard to imagine the Captain of the Waihine doing anything to have saved the situation, such was the sudden onslaught of the storm at the entrance to Port Nicholson.