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Photographer:bob leask [View profile]Title:Tapuhi IIAdded:Jun 03, 2007
Photo Category: Tugs
10-03-06 - her present location - a floating restaurant called "Tugboat on the Bay" - sorry the pool building obscured the bow - but this is the best elevated view.. a bit of history - this tug was originally the "Aucklander" Aucklanders should have realized that the name "Aucklander" would be removed just as fast as possible on arrival in Wellington but to give her some
obscure maori name and butcher her to the extent that nobody could recognize her......just not on. All her bridge gear telegraphs etc were stolen not
long after her arrival in the "capital" and were recovered at a later date - the wheel was made into a table and can be seen in the bar...
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immen on Mar 11, 2006 12:23 (15 years ago)
Former name: AUCKLANDER
Registered: LR60-61:52856 /LR66-67:503037
IMO 5030373 /(GBR)ON 199091
454 GRT,
Loa:39,55m(35,97), B:10,85m(10,37, D:4,045m(4,58) (129'9"(118'0")x35'7"(34'0")x13'3.1/4"(15'0"))
Machinery: 2 scr, 2x T3cyl by shipbuilder, oil fired, 1762ihp total
Speed: 10kn

1958: Built by "Fleming & Ferguson Ltd" at Paisley (GBR) (YN 784)
1958 -xx/03: delivered to "Auckland Harbour Board" at Auckland (NZL)(GBR flag, regd Auckland, ON 199091)
1961 -xx/11: L.R. class withdrawn
196x: (NZL flag, regd Auckland, ON 199091)
1986:To a NZL businessman Clem Griffiths, to be converted to restaurant at Wellington (NZL) and renaming TAPUHI II(intended to bring tug TAPUHI to NZL from Fiji, but abandoned in a backwater because not seaworthy)
1992 -xx/02: convertion completed, restaurant opened at Oriental Bay in Wellington (NZL)
2006: still in existence
Former Tug Aucklander -
Proud tug in Duty -

David Ford on Mar 11, 2006 06:51 (15 years ago)

Isn't her 'name' actually 'Tapuhi II'?

In my opinion, she is only a pale caricature of her former self - the Auckland Harbour Board tug 'Aucklander', which in service was a really magnificent-looking vessel that always looked as though it meant Business !!

David Ford
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