The old William C Daldy was named after the first chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board in New Zealand. She was built at a cost of £40,000 by Lobnitz & Co. at Renfrew, on the Clyde in Scotland
and sailed to New Zealand in 1935. This journey took her eighty two days and she remained in service until 1977.
With loving care she has been restored and is now run by the William C Daldy preservation society and undertakes trips within the harbour and out into the Hauraki Gulf.
Her service was long and distinguished punctuated by a few incidents of note – one being, a collision with the cargo ship Fremantle Star in 1975 when the W.C.’s bridge to engine room telegraph failed and she hit the above mentioned ship as she was coming alongside to take a line in preparation for the ship berthing. The boiler on the tug was thrown out of alignment. She actually finished her service days with the boiler remaining in this position. Another incident was in 1970 at night when she ran over the top of a 24ft Harbour Board work boat, rolling her right underneath. This incident sticks in my memory as I was the skipper of that work launch ! See more here – http://ih1.redbubble.net/image.47523554.8378/fl...
The Auckland skyline seen in this photograph from Devonport wharf shows the casino sky tower which is a landmark and can be seen just about all over Auckland.
Camera – Fuji HS10.