The New Zealand Herald

Captains told: Sail or be fired


Martin Johnston

The storm that swallowed the Wahine was a monster, but in the 1960s skippers were expected to sail in weather that keeps captains in port today.

Fifty years ago today, the Union Line ferry Wahine suffered the full force of ex-tropical cyclone Giselle, one of the worst storms to hit New Zealand last century. Fifty-three lives were lost.

In 1936, in the storm that some consider as bad as Giselle, the Union Line ferry Rangatira ran aground on

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