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SS Wairarapa shipwreck

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The wreck some days after the accident.

The SS Wairarapa was a New Zealand ship of the late 19th century plying the route between the Auckland, New Zealand and Australia. It came to tragic fame when it hit a reef at the northern edge of Great Barrier Island, about 100 km out from Auckland, and sunk. The death toll of around 140 people remains one of the largest such losses in the country's history. The ship was named for the Wairarapa region.


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