Sunday, November 12, 2006
Divers and historians have joined forces to find the sunken wreck of the first ship to go down in New Zealand waters in World War I. The Wairuna was sunk by a German ship on June 17, 1917 and was one of only four ships lost to the enemy in New Zealand waters during the war. The leader of the expedition, Rodney Russ, says the team will travel to the Kermadec Islands, a thousand kilometres north-east of New Zealand, in March to try to find the wreck. He says there is no great cargo or wealth on board, but if they find the ship, it could become a diving site.