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It’s freezing in the sixth boro, so let’s go somewhere warm.


With temperatures comfortable for summer,

I’ll bet the engine room of the 1907 steamer Lyttleton would feel great.  Book your tickets here, but first book your air tickets wherever you get the best deal.

Slightly newer, the 1960 Pacific Way continues to be active.  Previously she was known as Southern Alpha and Mount Mounganui.  Since it’s the valentines’ day today, read the heartbreak story of Mount Mounganui here.

Kurutai , like Pacific Way above, is a New Zealand built tug, from 1991.  Lyttleton, on the other hand, was built on the river Clyde in Scotland.

Kurutai is the Maori way for “salty,” which it is. 

Monowai dates from 1970, and it has a certain European boat of the era, though also built in New Zealand.  From my limited sample, it appears that a lot of NZ boats carry Maori names,  like this one meaning “channel full of water.”  On the other hand, someone from New Zealand might remark  something similar after seeing North American boat names like Cheyenne, Cree, Chi-Cheemaun, and Nukumi.

Kupe, a VSP vessel from 1971, has very similar dimensions to Monowai.    Kupe the person is believed to have established an Oceania culture on New Zealand. 

Otago is a 2003 product of NZ shipyards.    Otago refers to a region on the south island of NZ.

Ngahue was launched in 1977, and Toia, 1970.  Ngahue was a contemporary canoe navigator of Kupe,and Toia means “pull” in Maori.     These two VSP boats have been sold to Dubai interests and are replaced by Tapuhi “to nurse” and Tiaki  “to protect” , newer and more than twice as powerful. Ngahue (Delta 300?) is now working the Iranian port of Bandar Bushehr.

Many thanks to Trevor Powell for these photos that come via Jan van der Doe.

More Oceania tugboats to come.

And since it is Ballantine’s day, you have to read this advice blog from my friend Lou.

And if you’re in a reading mood, check this one out by a Bayonne guy.

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