Object of the week: anchor


This anchor may be from the S.S Kiripaka. The anchor is made of iron and is 1975mm long and 1018mm wide. It was recovered from the Patea River bank. The S.S Kiripaka was a wooden, single screw steamer built at Auckland by W.H Brown in 1894. She was owned by the Patea Shipping Company 1904-12, then the South Taranaki Shipping Company 1912-17 and used to carry cheese, butter, wool, meat, hides and tallow from Patea to Wellington.

If you know more about this anchor contact the Museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 1977.224.1.


  1. S.S. Kiripaka was a collier purpose built in 1894 for the Ngunguru Coal Company. She was built to draw as little water as possible when fully loaded in order to navigate the shallow Ngunguru bar. In August 1895 she became stranded at the mouth of the Ngunguru River with a rock through her bottom. A favourable tide enabled her cargo to be discharged. Initially it was thought she was a total wreck but she was able to be re-floated and was back in service by October. For many years she plied the NZ coast, but I don’t know what happened to her then – presumably on-sold when the coal was depleted.

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