'Esmeralda' leaves Auckland under sail........! by Roy  Massicks

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I managed to take this photo while waiting to take the Pilot off the Chilean sail training ship ‘Esmeralda’ onto the pilot boat ‘Akarana’. way back in the 1980’s.
This lovely fully rigged sailing ship made a number of visits to Auckland, New Zealand over the years.

Pentax 30n 35mm film SLR. Print scanned and digitised.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    Lovely picture, Roy! It kept well.

  • Thank you kindly David – lucky with this one, the album the print was in has quite a few rust spots around the edges of the pages.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    I would love to see ships like this xx

  • Thank you Lynn – grab Susie and shoot off to Charlestown in Cornwall. There’s usually three or four old timers there – I don’t mean old sailors, I mean old ships……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 2 years ago

    I particularly love the feeling of movement in this photo caused by the rippling of the water. It’s really alive! So glad it wasn’t taken by a modern day photographer who has to use slow shutter speeds on moving water – that would have completely spoilt the effect you have got.
    Great piece of work, well preserved, scanned and presented.

  • Thank you very much Peter – your kind words are always appreciated. Yes, I was pleased with the effect also.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    What a magnificent scene dear Roy.This is a winner.I would love to get shots of Tall Ships under full sail,but don’t see it happening.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine – apart from loving my sea days, seeing sights like this always made my day !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Also thank you for the favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful ship … love the reflected lines ~ great capture and tones Roy :)

  • Thank you kindly Susie – I love the rippled water effect too ! The scanner kept wanting to mute the water so I had a battle with it and I won…….lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 2 years ago

    Great capture, well processed

  • Thank you very much David – re processing – the scanner kept wanting to mute the water so had to de-tune, but I won the battle !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    Quite a sight, Roy. A great shot from the archives… looks spectacular!

  • Thank you so much Sheila – so pleased you like it. Some of the archives are starting to suffer from rust so must digitise some more or lose them !

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 2 years ago

    Great shot of this magnificent ship Roy.

  • Many thanks Gary – I loved seeing them, come and go when I was at sea. I even put the Pilot on and off the replica of the ’ Bounty.’

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajover 2 years ago

    Beautifully presented Roy. This one goes back a bit.

  • Thank you so much Myra for your kind comments and favourite. She is still around and was mentioned in the press a while back – the Chileans were keeping political prisoners tucked away on her !

    – Roy Massicks

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