MV Takitimu

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MV TAKITIMU

The above photo of Takitimu were taken by Adam Leyden while on-route from Picton to Marsden Point during the Manaia’s delivery trip. Manaia was featured yesterday on WW so scroll down to view.

Takitimu was built in 1921 by Bailey & Lowe, Auckland. Commissioned by the Gisborne Harbour Board as both a tug & pilot vessel. She measures 45’ in length, with a 11’ beam & a draft of 5’.

Originally powered by a 40hp Twigg petrol engine, this was replaced after 1 year by a 70hp Twigg. In 1945 this was replaced by a 100hp Vivian & then in 1970 with a Gardner 6LX, which continues to power her today.

The vessel these days is ‘owned’ by a charitable trust (The Gisborne MV Takitimu Charitable Trust) & is available for excursions, tourism & conservation work. You can find the trust on facebook. Check them out, maybe even make a donation 😉

09-05-2018 Update photo ex Tim Anderson – nice to see the bow 🙂

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2 thoughts on “MV Takitimu

  1. SHE IS A GREAT VESSEL AND A CREDIT TO THE tRUST WHO RUN HER,SPOILT A LITTLE BY THE REAR CANOPY.wONDER IF THEY INSTALLED THE VINTAGE HAND WROUGHT COPPER VENTILATOR ON THE FORDECK TO VENT THE ENG.,WHICH IS UNDER FORDECK AHEAD OF WHEEL HOUSE,THEY WERE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH HEAT BUILD UP AT THE TIME,AND WERE LOOKING FOR SUCH AN ITEM,THEY ALSO KINDLY LENT US THEIR SPARE BERTH ,WE WERE ENROUTE FROM BO. TO HAVELOCK STH. ISLAND IN EX TAURANGA PILOT “TAURANGA” AT THE TIME,SO ALL QUITE PRECIPITOUS.
    JOHN ELLIOTT

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