Cheques received from Colonial Bank by Captain RILEY, Westport
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Cheques received from Colonial Bank by Captain RILEY, Westport. The Colonial Bank was situated where the Bank of New Zealand was later, on the corner of Palmerston St and Wakefield St, property later owned by the Westport News. Captain RILEY originally owned a small schooner of 14 tons named The Three Friends, in 1872 he built the 14 ton steamer Result in Auckland to run between Westport and Karamea, she steamed down from Auckland to Westport and was the first vessel to cross the Westport bar after the great flood of 1872, he then used her to run regular trips up and down the coast, in 1880 he sent home to England for a small vessel which was shipped out to Westport in parts and he rebuilt it here and called it The Nile.