photo ex Historic NZ Photos, ex A Turnball Library. details ex Russell Ward
Aorangi was built by Shipbuilders at St Marys Bay. Powered by two Kelvins which was unusual for a side trawler. The above photo of her slipped is reportedly dated 9th September 1949.
So a question for the work boat woodys out there – what became of her?
Input from Keith Munro – She is owned by Colin Silby and is on the hard stand at West Park at the moment. It belonged to Ginger Gibbs as well years ago. Washed ashore at Te Atatu a couple of year ago in a big easterly and was a major to re-float.
Input from Russell Ward – photo below of her ashore for some TLC and a chat with friends -(photo ex Carol Forsythe- Marine Compliance website).
Russell is rather fond of ‘St Kathryn’ that is alongside Aorangi. In his words “A damn good looker that I’d give houseroom any time”