Bluff, at the southern end of South Island N.Z. was sometimes the last port of discharge for Bank Line ships arriving from the U.S. Gulf. Famous for Oysters, and with a rugged terrain, it was a welcoming port for mariners.
The 1930 built IRISBANK discharged in Bluff in 1956. Shortly afterwards a seaman was sadly lost overboard south of Stewart Island and in rough weather. He was a young man who was nudged by a sling of dunnage that was being dumped overside with the railings unshipped. ( as in those days). His body was recovered in very rough seas which smashed the boat on return.
See the book, ” Voyaging with Icons” about life in the Bank Line, travelling the world.