Photographer's Note


Pre-1800 this sight would have been quite rare in Auckland, New Zealand. It was mostly Maori canoes sailing in these waters then. Just imagine you are back in time to around the year 1840. New Zealand was just being colonised and this blue plastic canoe is a Maori canoe paddling out to see the new monster of a sailing ship that had taken about 3-5 months to sail to NZ from England.

It is sailing in the Hauraki Gulf to the new town of Auckland in the Waitemata Harbour. Nothing much has changed in the distance, only the island on the left, Motutapu, would have been covered in more trees than grass. And the island on the right is Rangitoto Island, the largest and youngest of about 60 volcanic cones and craters in the Auckland volcanic field. It erupted from the sea in a series of dramatic explosions around 600 years ago, and is now extinct. It dominates the local seascape and a visit there is like stepping into another world.

“The "Spirit Of New Zealand" is a steel built barquentine, 45.2m (148ft) in length overall including the bowsprit, square rigged on the foremast. She is operated by the Spirit of Adventure Trust Board and operates as a Sail training vessel for Secondary School students (aged 15-19 years) and handicapped people from throughout New Zealand. Adult voyages are also held. The Spirit of Adventure Trust is dedicated to the Youth of New Zealand. Each year it brings together 1200 young people throughout the country.

Rangitoto's name is derived from the phrase "Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua" (please don’t ask me to pronounce that!)- “the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed.”

I posted a similar (scanned) picture of the same ship a few months back, and as soon as I saw it moored way off the coast I rushed to photograph it. It is still too far away for my camera, but I thought I would post it again.

Photo cropped, sharpened, and contrasted.

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