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FOUNTAIN PEN THAT WENT TO WAR

When my mother crossed the bar a box of my fathers treasures became mine. As a fountain pen nut I was overjoyed to find the Conway Stewart he received for his 21st.
That served him for the rest of his life, away at war, and at home with Cyclone Fence and Gate.

Conway Stewart

CHRISTMAS IN A 17 FOOT BOAT

Christmas 2002 Joan I took a cruise in a 17ft Navigator yawl I built in my garage.

WAIRUA hauled us and our gear on quite a long journey amongst the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

Christmas 2002

life in the navy

It could be tough and you stuck to the routine or you paid for it.
The culture and the system that evolved as large groups of men lived in confined spaces for long periods of time.

In the Navy Grandad

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MINNIE MOLTOK DENMARK

Tony tells a wonderful story about a Danish sailing circumnavigation with his daughter in her Mirror dinghy.
Sadly Tony has crossed the bar and his story is a great legacy for an intelligent and fun loving guy.

MINNIE MOLTOK

NAVY IN TUSSOCK COUNTRY

You joined the navy to see the sea and the world so how did you end up here on the Desert Plateau. That is as far from the sea as you can get in the North Island.

Cast Ashore in Tussock City

the loss of hmnzs neptune

A sad story about the loss of many New Zealand sailors in WWII

Almost HMNZS Neptune

 

The Navigators

The star chart used by the Polynesian during their great voyages in the voyaging double canoes.

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BUDGET WHITEBAIT FRITTERS

They cost you a Kings Ransom and the supply is very seasonal and intermittent.
Here is a way you can enjoy this Kiwi Rite of Passage whenever you feel the need.

Whitebait Fritter

WHATS WITH THE WHALES

That is not a poke at the Royal Family.
Few whale images on this site and you might wonder why.
Because I can is a good start……

Why all the whales

 

RAIL DISASTER NEAR IRIRANGI

On Christmas Eve 1953 the northbound train plunged into a river with great loss of life. The Officers and Crew of HMNZS Irirangi were among the first to arrive and lend assistance.
This is my summary of the tragic event.

The Tangiwai Disaster