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on display inside (and, in the case of new zealand maritime records KZ1, outside) the museum, we operate a fleet of waterborne vessels as part of our various programmes.
Named for a famous scowman, and author of 'The Phantom Fleet', TED ASHBY was built by, and for, the NZNMM in 1993.
TED ASHBY is representative of the scows built in NZ between 1873 and 1925. She is built mainly of blackbutt grown in Northland, the deck planking is matai and the hull is sheathed in worm-resistant totara.
TED ASHBY is 57.08 feet in length and 18.5 feet in the beam. She is maintained underthe SSM system and is surveyed to carry 48 passengers and a crew of 3.
TED ASHBY operates cruises 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 charter and 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 new zealand maritime records 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 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