The ship that never was..........! by Roy  Massicks

The ship that never was..........! by 


This was actully a Museum created by a well know New Zealand diver, Kelly Tarlton to house his many artefacts discovered from years of diving on wrecks around the New Zealand coast. it is now a restaurant.

Location – Sunset, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Panasonic – LUMIX, GH2 at 25mm, 14×140 lens, 1/160, f/ 5.6, iso 160, Manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Great shot Roy :)

  • Thank you very much Julie – I’ve taken quite a few sunsets from this spot !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 2 years ago

    Great capture Roy … a great idea for a museum ~ I’d have loved to see it .. wonder why it became a restaurant? Money I suppose!

  • Thank you for your comment Susie – yes, he had some marvellous artefacts and exhibits but unfortunately someone who was working for him stole a lot of valuable coins then it seemed to go downhill from there, such a shame ! Those coins were never found.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago

    I did Wreck Diving for 6 years all around the Victorian Coastline, as well as lots of Deep Hole Diving around Mt.Gambier in South Australia, so I can relate to this quite easily…
    I still have a lot of artefacts that I have scrounged…. ( but no Gold Doubloons. Grrrrr )

  • You have led an interesting life Larry. Kelly Tarlton made his name diving on the wreck of the
    ’ Elingamite ’ that was wrecked at the Three Kings Islands just north of New Zealand. This was in 1902 with 52 boxes of coins for banks and 6000 gold half sovereigns on board. Twenty eight passengers and seventeen crew were lost.

    – Roy Massicks

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

    You have really captured this pefectly dear Roy.A fave for me.x

  • Many thanks Catherine for your kind comments and favourite. Lovely spot for sunrises and sunsets.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    what a great place to eat Roy, great shot xx

  • Thank you kindly Lynn for your lovely comments and favourite. To be honest, we have never actually eaten there !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Roy. You certainly live in a lovely area.

  • Many thanks Colin for favourite and kind comments. This is where I go for most of my sunrise and sunset pics.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajover 2 years ago

    Great shot and interesting reading Roy.

  • Thank you so much Myra for the lovely comments and favourite. Re story, see my answer to Larry above.

    – Roy Massicks

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful setting Roy – love this xx

  • Cheers and thanks Gail – both for your kind comments and favourite. It is a great place for sunrises and sunsets in the heart of Paihia’s tourist area.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    Unique shot, interesting place. How’s the food? What happened to Kelly’s collection??

  • Thank you so much Sheila – to be quite honest we have never eaten there, it’s a bit touristy ! We have a little place we take visitors to that does terrific seafood dishes. Re what happened to Kelly Tarlton’s collection – see my reply to Larry and Susie above.

    – Roy Massicks

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