Mystery around wreck find off Wellington coast
Rob Wilson, of Ghost Fishing, and two others were diving off Owhiro Bay on Sunday when they discovered the wreck – a long distance from known wrecks in the area – and in an area few ever dove due to a treacherous rip and the long swim.
While less likely, it could also be previously undiscovered parts of the area's known wrecks, he said.
"It's a very exciting find - we are not 100 per cent what wreck it is yet - but I took a lot of images of the hull ribs which are on the sea floor.
"We have dived this coast extensively for many years but have never seen this wreck."
ROB WILSON/GHOST FISHING
Maritime archaeologist Andy Dodd, who surveyed the coast, believed the find was more likely from a boat, Progress, already known about in the area.
"Wreckage can be strewn across reasonably large areas, and the remains that I have seen from the Progress are not dissimilar to these, and are fairly well dispersed.
"I think it would be prudent to get more definitive diagnostic evidence before attributing it to a different shipwreck."
Greater Wellington Regional Council confirmed it had four wrecks listed in Owhiro Bay. Between them they claimed 13 lives.