A very interesting story all about the Holmburn in the March and April 2018 issues of Sea Breezes.
The ship that I was working on at the time was in Lyttleton Harbour at the same time of the fire. The crew on our ship helped to put out the fire because our ship was on the opposite side of the quay. My ship at this time was the MV Tyrone of the Avenue shipping company.
It states in the article that the ship opposite was the Port Chalmers. I believe this to be wrong and that it was the Tyrone. Our ship arrived in Lyttleton on 1 May and left on 8 May. I know this to be true because I was there. Thank you for a superb magazine.
MIKE HALL, Kent, England
Following, is a reply to the above letter from the late Murray Robinson;
Both the Tyrone and the Port Chalmers were berthed at Lyttelton on the night of the Holmburn fire. Crew members from both ships responded to the alarm. The story I told in parts one and two was built up from sworn witness statements and a host of old newspaper clippings.
The part about the Port Chalmers’ accident boat came from a witness deposition. After much searching, regrettably, I cannot locate the document that states MV Port Chalmers was berthed on the opposite side of the jetty to the Holmburn.
MURRAY ROBINSON, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand