WAIRANGI – Heads North
photos ex Owen Foster via Ken Ricketts
As previous noted on ww Wairangi has been sold & is relocating to Auckland, Waiheke Island I believe. Owen supplied this collection of photos from the passage from Picton to Auckland. Wairangi was designed by Wren Carey & built by Andy Miller of Miller & Tunnage fame. For a 1934 vessel of her design she is unusual in that she was launched as a pleasure vessel, which goes against her looks that scream ‘work boat’ converted to pleasure use. Wairangi was the opposite as she became a Lyttelton pilot boat c1948.
To view / read more details of her past click here https://waitematawoodys.com/2013/05/28/wairangi/
05-03-2016 Arrives safely at Waiheke Island
07-04-2016 – Wairangi getting a little love at Pier 21. Photo ex Rod Marler
11-04-2016 Update & photos below from CYA member Neil Williamson (owner of MV Safari & the mullet boat Arawa)
Currently doing some work on Wairangi at the moment and thought I would share some pics now the hull has been stripped back showing the planks in fantastic condition
She’s so well made and still in great nick. Great to work on ones like this.
26-10-2016 – photo below of Wairangi in Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island 28/03/2016. ex owner via Ken Ricketts.