"Akarana", Pilot boat, New Zealand. by Roy  Massicks

"Akarana", Pilot boat, New Zealand. by 

The “Akarana” was the second lady in my life.

The word Akarana is Maori for the area around Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand.
No overseas ship entered or left Auckland without a Pilot on board and the “Akarana” was the main pilot boat from 1961, the year she was built untill 1994 when she retired to become privately owned.
During her years of service she averaged in mileage the equivalent of twice round the world in a years service and would quite often clock up nineteen and a half hours running in the enginroom log book for a days work.
The “Akarana” was a wooden vessel of sixty three feet in length and had a service speed of eleven and a half knots with a single motor. Over the years she had a V6 Paxsman followed by two Catepillers 360 hp detuned to 280 hp.

My service aboard the “Akarana” as Skipper covered over twenty years. The crew consisted of Skipper, Engineer and a Deckhand.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous boat, & fascinating slice of history – yours & the boat’s. Very fine indeed, Roy.

  • Thanks Sheila, I can’t remember a day I did not want to go to work.

    – Roy Massicks

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 4 years ago

    Great shot, Roy

  • They don’t build them like that any more Alex.

    – Roy Massicks

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful boat.

  • Yes, she was Val – very predictable with no vices and by the way,

    thank you for the favourites.

    – Roy Massicks

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderful memory for you. Lovely

  • Thank you very much Kalaryder – she has retired not too far distant from where I live.

    – Roy Massicks

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 2 years ago

    love your nautical series Roy:))

  • Thank you so much Tereza – spent most of my working life floating around one place or another !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarkson10 months ago

    Twenty years is a long time to spend with one lady Roy, you must have built up quite a relationship with her! Lovely capture!

  • Another favourite – I am honoured Maree ! She certainly was a lady, so predictable ( now that doesn’t sound right….ha ha ! ) It didn’t matter what the weather was like, you knew she could do the job. Auckland port had never closed due to weather, even during our big one Cyclone Bola in 1988. We did three ships that day.

    – Roy Massicks

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