Pirates in the Bay. by Roy  Massicks

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This is the R Tucker Thompson, a gaff rigged schooner built in New Zealand in 1985 in the exact method of the original schooners.
She does regular day trips with passengers as well as sail training for groups around the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.
This photograph was taken at Motuarohia (Roberton) Island in the Bay of Islands.
That is a ’ scull and crossbones ’ flying at the masthead. In my days at sea it was an offence to fly that flag but it seems to be quite common these days, especially if you live around Somalia !
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pirates, schooner, roberton island, bay of islands, new zealand


  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Argh Jim Lad, they be searching for the peices of eight! Nice shot Roy!! Like the quip about Somalia LOL.

  • Comment appreciated Colin. I was going to apply for a job on the RTT but then I found out they wanted me to climb the mast as well !

    – Roy Massicks

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot Roy

  • Many thanks Alex- she just looked the part, sitting in the Bay but didn’t see any plank walking !

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Next time I see Blackbeard I’ll be sure to tell him he can’t fly the skull and crossbones! LOL

  • Don’t bother commenting to Blackbeard David as we use the same barber …Lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Deborah.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Great capture Roy and lovely write up, I am learning so much about NZ.

  • Likewise Andrea – we are learning things about the South Island we didn’t know. Thank you for your kind comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangerover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot Roy,I could quite fancy a sail on that.

  • OK Jamie, we’ll book you an open ticket – bring your own plank ! Thank you for the remarks.

    – Roy Massicks

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thank you Sarnia.

    – Roy Massicks

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! December 19, 2010

  • Thank you Dana – I appreciate it.

    – Roy Massicks

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