Balaena – 110 Year Old Ex Whale Chaser

Balaena – 110 Year Old Ex Whale Chaser

Last Sundays Country Calendar programme on TV1 featured an amazing Marlborough family that have owned the 1912 built – Balaena for 62 years. These days Balaena has two lives – family cruiser and work boat servicing the families mussel farm. It is a great story going back to when they farmed Forsyth Island and then almost by default became mussel farmers. 

Enjoy the programme, amazing scenery and inspirational people – thanks to John Burland for sending in the video.

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2 thoughts on “Balaena – 110 Year Old Ex Whale Chaser

  1. Yes it was a great Country Calendar episode!
    I googled the boat after but could find nothing on her.
    What really got me was the speed she was getting along at!
    Definitely showing her whale chasing pedigree!

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  2. I well remember Balaena tied up at the Forsyth Island jetty. To misuse an old Scottish punch-line; “Och, I knew ye’re faither” – Chris’s father Pym back then. Oh dear, Ithink I’m getting old 🙂

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