I Simple Boatbuilding by Geoffrey Prout
Written 1931 still relevant today.
Reposted by MOBYS in 2001, 05, 10, 15. 20
[Work in progress].
The Queens Message 1953. From the Royal Yacht Gothic in Auckland by radio to Irirangi who rebroadcast to the world.
Minnie Moltok goes around the island a father and daughter make a voyage around Denmark in a Mirror dinghy.
Begin after five taps learning touch typing was mandatory for communicators,,,,,,,,,,teaching thar skill Navy style. Non PC references to wacks on the knuckles with rulers have been omitted.
A Ship in the Desert when you join the navy you do not expect to be serving high in the mountains of the central North Island. This us about the former naval radio at Waiouru [Tussock City]. The Queens Message and Tangiwai Disaster stories are related to this.
Pakawai started her life in a boat-builders shop in Glasgow built for the steam tug Awarua bound for Bluff. This is about the conversion of the cutter into Pakawai a little motor sailer.
Tangiwai Disaster in 1953 the Wellington to Auckland passenger express train plunged off the broken Tangiwai Bridge and into the raging Whangaehu River with the loss of 151 lives. The story how the naval personnel at nearby Irirangi were involved.
HMNZS Neptune a Royal Navy light cruiser transferring to the NZ Navy. She was bringing home NZers who had gone to WWII early. The ship was sunk off Tripoli with only one survivor.
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