Janie Seddon Shipwreck

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The Janie Seddon shipwreck is located on the Motueka foreshore, but despite its weathered ruins the ship has a rich and diverse history.

Janie began her career as a submarine mining vessel and was the last surviving military ship to have served in both world wars - rumour has it she even fired the first shot in WW2.

When her military days came to an end, Janie was purchased by the local Talley’s fishing group as the first in their fleet. As a coal-powered ship, she proved unsuitable as a fishing vessel and her size prevented her from operating in the coastal waters of Tasman Bay. In 1950, the Janie Seddon was laid up on the Motueka Wharf, and after sinking at her moorings a few years later she was stripped of anything of use and left to the elements.

To this day, Janie’s rusting hull rests on the coast of Motueka and a short stroll along the foreshore will take you to her unofficial burial site. Photographers travel from near and far to capture this iconic shipwreck on camera, but for your own safety we advise to appreciate her beauty without climbing inside or ontop of the hull.

How to get there: From the Motueka High Street, travel down Old Wharf Road and onto the Motueka Quay. You won’t miss her!

Photo credits: (1) Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi, (2-3) Virginia Woolf Photography, (4) Nelson Cycle Hire.


Janie Seddon Shipwreck

Motueka Quay
7120 Motueka

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