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TED maritime disasters ASHBY operates cruises maritime disasters as part of the museum's Education programmes and public excursion sailings depending upon the season. She is available for private charter and has been used in film and TV work.
We believe NZNMM history was made in February 2001 when the skipper of the Ted Ashby (an authorised NZ wedding celebrant) conducted a wedding service aboard the vessel for two French friends.
Built by the late Ralph Sewell using traditional methods at Tiki Landing, Coromandel in 1981, BREEZE is a brigantine.
Surveyed to SSM standard for 12 passengers and 7 crew, BREEZE will operate specialist cruises as part of the museum's public and education programmes. She is available for private charterand TV and film work (pictured below during filming for a Japanese TV commercial).
BREEZE lead the protest fleet to Mururoa following the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French secret agents in Auckland in 1985.
RAPAKI is moored at the northern end of Hobson Wharf as a static display vessel and also acts as a breakwater for the museum's marina.
Built in Scotland by Fleming and Ferguson Ltd (Paisley) in 1925/26 (Lloyds registers states 'built 1926'), she spent most of her working life in Lyttelton until retired in 1988. She saw war service in Wellington, Auckland, and the Pacific Islands. She is a coal-fired twin screw vessel once capable of 7 knots. The crane was built by Sir William Arroll & Co., Parkhead.
RAPAKI voyaged to NZ under her own power in 1926, taking 109 days for the maritime disasters voyage and almost running out of coal on NZ's East Coast
RAPAKI is being prepared for public inspection as she is an excellent example of Scottish shipbuilding.
RAPAKI's sister vessel, HIKITIA is maintained in an operational status in Wellington NZ
PUKE (pronounced 'pook-ee'), was built by C E Thompson about 1872. Her earlier names (if any) are not known for certain. She was named PUKE after Puke Landing at Paeroa (now the site of the Maritime Park) where she was restored by Alan Brimblecombe in 1977.
PUKE is the maori name for a small hill or mount.
She is of twin-skin wooden (KAURI) construction. PUKE is steam powered. Her engine dates from the early part of the 20th century and originally powered a mechanical saw in a sawmill.
PUKE is maintained to NZ SSM standards. She takes occasional part in the museum's programmes, operating most Saturdays during the summer taking museum patrons for free rides.
KZ1, the 'Big Boat' is on display outside the NZNMM.
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The New Zealand National Maritime Museum collects and exhibits a diverse range of nautical and historical artefacts that represent New Zealand maritime history from the earliest Polynesian arrivals to modern day seafaring.
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