SS Ventnor – Ghost Ship of the Hokianga by Keith Gordon
SS Ventnor – Ghost Ship of the Hokianga by Keith Gordon

SS Ventnor – Ghost Ship of the Hokianga by Keith Gordon

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See Keith Gordon's previous book Deep Water Gold.

The 2013 discovery of the 1902 shipwreck SS Ventnor off the New Zealand North Island coast created major international media interest and controversy. The ship had been transporting the exhumed remains of 499 Chinese miners from New Zealand to China for reburial.

In 2021, the bones of the lost miners were found entombed in the deep shipwreck. What is to become of these hungry ghosts of the deep is a question involving conflicting cultural beliefs and sensitivities. Artefacts recovered from the shipwreck created bureaucratic indecision and are cause for unprecedented Government legislation of a vessel lost in New Zealand seas.

SS Ventnor – Ghost Ship of the Hokianga is the full story of the author’s personal involvement with the search, discovery and exploration of a shipwreck of New Zealand national importance. The history of the lost ship, her discovery together with the story of the early New Zealand Chinese gold miners, is a tale involving New Zealand cultural and maritime heritage, daring record-breaking shipwreck exploration, and controversy involving Maori, Chinese and European cultures.

About the author Keith Gordon

Keith, a retired aircraft engineer now living in Auckland, is a pioneer underwater explorer with extensive underwater and shipwreck exploration experience. He is an International Fellow of The Explorers Club and a past President of the New Zealand Underwater Heritage Group.

With a keen interest in maritime heritage, underwater exploration expeditions have taken Keith to remote areas of the Pacific and South East Asia to search for and explore historical shipwrecks.

In addition to publishing Deep Water Gold – the story of RMS Niagara and co-authoring New Zealand Shipwrecks (8th edition), he has published numerous magazine articles on maritime historical and heritage topics.

PUBLICATION: September 2022
Searov Publications
RRP: $39.99
SOFTCOVER: Large Trade 153 x 234mm, 344 pages
ISBN: 978-0-473-64156-6 Q061507


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