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Ships and Shipwrecks: Maritime History 1912 – 2006

Ships and Shipwrecks: Maritime History 1912 – 2006


The Wreck of the Star of Canada (1912)


The dangers and pleasures of shipboard life will be illustrated in this New Zealand Film Archive compilation screening on our country’s maritime history. The lms date from 1912 through 2006 and feature maritime life, onboard adventures and shipwrecks.

The evening’s screening will include stirring live piano accordion accompaniment by Jonathan Berkahn (visiting lecturer to the New Zealand School of Music) for the silent lms on the programme.

Ships and Shipwrecks: Maritime History 1912 - 2006 includes the earliest maritime lm held by The Film Archive, The Wreck of the Star of Canada (1912). Southerly gales led to the ship striking rocks o Kaiti beach, Gisborne - and despite valiant eorts to unload her cargo (of frozen lamb), pump the water out and reoat her, the ship was doomed. The lm records these desperate attempts and a diver’s unsuccessful attempt to try and rectify the damage.

Other ships met similar fates. The S.S.Tyrone o Otago heads, the Wahine on 10 April 1968 (New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster) and the passenger liner Mikhail Lermontov. The weather was the cause of many a wreck; but not always - the Mikhail Lermontov in 1986 grounded because the New Zealand harbourmaster made a inexplicable change of course in the Marlborough Sounds,
causing the ship to strike rocks. An excerpt from the dramatised documentary Back from the Dead - The Saga of the Rose Noelle (1997) recounts the story of the crew who, following a storm in 1989, survived for months in their upturned trimaran, before they were literally hurled onto the rocks of Great Barrier Island.

These later shipwreck stories use news footage of the time and interviews with survivors after the event to tell tales of endurance in the face of terrible danger.

Watching some of these lms is like being on the ocean, you experience the same sensation as the cameraman. One such lm was taken aboard a shing trawler in 1913. The shermen coal the trawler and haul in the nets, and interestingly after the catch is landed the sailors release homing pigeons to alert those on dry land of their success. The National Film Unit classic, The Coaster (1948), with Denis Glover’s commentary follows the MV Breeze from Wellington to Lyttleton and back up to Whanganui.

Other lms show the shipboard travel of tourists and immigrants. In From England to New Zealand (1920) men and women board a boat in Liverpool bound for a new life in New Zealand. Another lm, Around the World in 80 Minutes (1923), shows some of the rituals of shipboard life, including boxing matches on a deck thronged with spectators - not only boys vs boys, but also woman vs woman.

One lm, Wreck of Port Bowen (1939), is newly preserved by The Film Archive. The 8mm colour, fully intertitled lm was made by W.J. McKee, a Hawera Cine Club member. Now converted to digital le - it reports the grounding of the ship, the eorts to save it, and the excitement of spectators gathered on Castlecli beach.

Other ships or wrecks in the programme are: Battle Cruiser, HMS New Zealand, Ionic, Orvieto, Hydrabad, Paloona, S.S. Kaponga.


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