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Another in the series on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. This unfortunate yacht was of Russian nationality on a round the world cruise. This was the first Russian yacht I had seen as it was not long after the raising of the Iron Curtain. She had been anchored across the other side of the bay at Tryphena but a strong westerly gale had caused her to drag her anchor and run aground just in front of the shop we owned on the Island.
This is where a small community comes together and many hands were there to assist. Just to the left of this picture are the sands of Pa Beach so that when the tide came in it was possible to move the yacht from its rocky resting place and park it on the sand to avoid further damage. It didn’t help that although the yacht had been built to take an engine, none was fitted.
More to come on the salvaging of this yacht.
Pentax – 30n 35mm film SLR. Scanned and digitised.