Kotuku Diaries; 1881-2; 45


Kotuku Diaries

About this object

Copies of the daily logbook of Firth's boat the S.S. Kotuku kept by Captain William Sullivan 1881-2. Fascinating insight into the comings and goings of the Kotuku in her travels up and down the Thames Estuary, to Auckland and the Bay of Plenty. These are copies of the originals that were rescued from fire and belonged to Captain Williams' daughter

Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Card and paper

Subject and Association Description

The steamship Kotuku was built for J.C. Firth in 1878 by Staffordshire Iron Works. It was designed to carry cargo between Auckland and Stanley Landing on the Waihou River in Matamata. She could carry 50 tons of cargo & 10 tons of coal for the boilers. She was 83 feet long by 20 feet wide with a very shallow draught so that she could navigate the shoals of the Waihou River. Her hull is buried in the reclaimation works under the Chelsea Sugar Factory in Auckland

Credit Line

Gift of Alan Brimblecombe, 1996

Object Type

Copies of Logbook

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