Port Bowen was not sunk striking a mine laid by the German Raider Orion
Mon, 31 Aug 2009
With regard to Macs Web log.
Since the publication of 'The Black Raider' and it's mention that prisoners reported the Port Bowen to have sunk from striking a mine laid by the Orion it seems no-one has ever verified that and so it is still on the list
The Port Bowen stranded on a sandbar a mile north of the port of Wanganui early on the 20th of July 1939 - before the Orion began it's adventure and well before the mining of NZ waters.
The port at Wanganui was too shallow for the Port Bowen and it was normally unloaded from an offshore roadstead. It overshot it's anchorage and struck the sandbank whilst trying to turn about.
I'm sure there are many such assumptions of accuracy that become part of historical fact. In the back of the book Weyher alludes to possible errors.
I read The Black Raider recently, part of my deceased fathers' estate and he had annotated the mistake.
I grew up in Wanganui and the boiler of the Port Bowen was still on the beach in the seventies. The bulk of the vessel was demolished during the second world war to contribute to the war effort.
The prisoners were telling porkies or just mistaken.
Thanks for your time.
I accept that, at our
Here is a relevant piece about the stranding of the Port Bowen.
Thanks for a wonderful reply.
To balance the Hauraki mining by the Orion, the minesweeper Puriri was actually on the scene not long after the sinking of the Rangitane, before it was a minesweeper, but, ironically was sunk by an Orion mine six