Story: Freight and warehousing

Carrying dangerous goods

Carrying dangerous goods

The burning wreck of the Tainui is seen here from a cliff overlooking Gore Bay, in September 1919. All but one of the crew died attempting to escape the inferno. Wartime shipping constraints had resulted in the Tainui, a wooden, refrigerated, coastal ship, carrying a variety of cargoes. Benzine had been loaded despite the concerns of watersiders that many of the tins were leaking. The captain decided to leave damaged tins behind – but then, because checking the cargo slowed loading, put them into the forehold instead. A pair of metal ploughs were put on top of the tins, even though metal striking metal was known to produce sparks.

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Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , 'Freight and warehousing - International freight and warehousing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24074/carrying-dangerous-goods (accessed 27 September 2020)

Story by Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , published 11 Mar 2010