The above photo dated 1939 and tagged – Russell, comes to us from Lew Redwoods fb.
Can we ID any of the vessels ?
Short story today, as the message below needs some air time – the dullards driving this project appear to have tunnel vision and be deaf. Maybe the mainstream media need to know what is happening down at OUR waterfront.
Auckland Is So Close To Having a World Class Working Traditional Boatyard – But We Are Also So Close To Stuffing It Up
The hottest topic around the waterfront & has been for way too long is – what’s happening with the Percy Vos yard. Everyone has a different story & reckons their version is fact.
All I can tell you is that we are dangerously close to mucking it up. It is almost a joke, the issue has been around for over 15+ years, I have reproduced below a submission that was produced back in Feb 2005……… thats exactly 14 years ago. It shows what the yard could look like & examples of successful working wooden boat yards.
So woodys the question today is – whats wrong with Auckland Council and its many public facing departments? They do some wonderful work across the city & at times move fast e.g. they decided what the America’s Cup bases will look like & approved them in a few years – so why is this project dragging on?
Shame On You – Auckland Council and Auckland Maritime Museum
The management vandals at the Maritime Museum and Auckland Council are scrapping the 1926 Steam Crane Ship Rapaki. Chris McMullen advises that she will be towed to Titan Slipway today. This is very sad as John Street and Chris arranged to procure her from the Lyttleton Port Company.
She has been neglected for years. Rodney Wilson had great plans for her then sadly left.
It’s been commented to me in the past that most museums are run by academics often as a career not an interest. They don’t encourage volunteers fearing their ignorance and lack of experience will be exposed.
You have to ask the question – has this been brought ahead by the Americas cup fever?
Whats next? boat registration before the next Cup? Boating is the last Bastion of freedom. We have lived through the best times.
Rapaki’s demise has been kept from the press. But this was posted on the Net in November.