Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.
The Prince of Wales (600 tons) was built in 1850 for the Hudson Bay Company. Her hull was 3ft. thick at, and below, the waterline. In 1856 she was employed in an unsuccessful search for Sir John Franklin, the missing Arctic explorer. She was then used by Nelson Bros, as a cold store on the Thames. In 1889 she was brought out to New Zealand in 124 days by Captain W. Cumming, who remained as her master for 12 years, and then for 11 years was harbourmaster at Gisborne. She had four chambers—two in which the meat was frozen and two in which it was stored. Two hundred carcases could be frozen per day, and her storage capacity was 10,000 carcases. When Nelson Bros, established a freezing chamber at Taruheru works she was transferred to Picton, but was brought back in 1890 whilst the Taruheru works was being enlarged. She completed her interesting career in the role of a coal hulk at Wellington.