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The final part of the grounding of this Russian yacht at Pa Beach, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.
This yacht spent a total of three months at the Island – it certainly left in a far better condition than when it arrived ! To move the yacht to the sandy part of the beach, a carpet of tyres was laid down to save further damage to the hull. A bulldozer dragged the yacht to her next resting place on the sand and then dug a channel that would lead into deeper water at full tide. While this was being done, a gang of locals patched the hull. This photo was taken the next morning at near full tide. A local fishing boat attached a tow line – the tow line can be seen to the far right – and also showing is a heavy weight hanging off the yachts boom. This was done to keep her keeled over to port
to facilitate the moving into the dug channel. Finally, when she was afloat she was towed to the other side of the bay where she could be hauled out.
During the three months she was at the Island the hull was repaired permantly and a local resident offered a suitable motor which was duly fitted by a local engineer with more assistance from locals. I think it was a happy crew that finally left the Island as they had been fed, watered and entertained by locals the whole time they were there.
It sounds like in the good old days when mariners were made welcome by natives in the South Pacific !
PENTAX 35mm film SLR, Scanned and digitised.