On Thursday the 7th of January Heather and myself were out on a friends yacht in the Bay of Islands,New Zealand. Just as we rounded the point into Te Hue Bay (Assassination Cove) I glimpsed a once familiar yellow funnel amongst the many other boats in the bay. It was the ‘Akarana’ the old Pilot boat I was skipper of for over 20 years in Auckland, This was the first time I had seen her in 17 years and had often wondered what had become of her.
We worked our way in till we were close enough to hail those on board – she was in exceptional condition, not a mark on her gleaming white hull.
As a working Pilot boat she did manage to acquire rather a few scars.
The owner had changed certain facets to suit her role as a pleasure launch and retired lady.
It was fantastic to see her again after all these years.
Picture below: ’ Akarana ’ as a working Pilot vessel. She is a wooden vessel of 63 feet in length built in Auckland NZ in 1961.
Assassination cove was named after the French explorer, Joseph Marion Du Fresne who upset the local Maoris in 1772. The local chief invited him along with twenty six of his men to dinner – failing to mention that he and his men were the main course !