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These photos by Trevor Powell were forwarded with his permission by Jan van der Doe.

ASD Aquilon on 12-2021 departing from port of Adelaide for Whyalla after refit.

Riverwijs Grace on New Year’s Day 2022 in port of Adelaide.  She dates from 2000.


This SL Endeavour photo was taken on a summery January morning in 2022 at Outer Harbour, Port of Adelaide.  She dates from 2010.

Here in a December 2021 SL Endeavour assisted new patrol vessel HMAS Arafura from the builders yard in Adelaide.  It is named for its intended area, the Arafura Sea.  Could you identify where in the Pacific or Indian Oceans that sea is located?

The 1998 Sea Pelican photo was taken in the  Outer Harbor, Adelaide in December 2021.

Svitzer Albatross assisted MSC Tokyo into the port of Perth back in December 2021.

Svitzer Eureka in December 2021 was departing from Port of Adelaide to Melbourne, after docking at Osborne

Walan on January 1, 2022 down from Port Pine for dry docking at Adelaide.  Walan dates from 1986.

And finally, we go back to New Zealand for this photo of Hinewai in Admiralty Bay (on northern tip of the southern island) in mid-January 2022

Many thanks to Jan and Trevor for sending along these photos from the areas currently enjoying summer.  See more of Trevor’s photos on FB here.

Here’s a place name I stumbled onto today, Null Island. Any idea where it is?  Check here. The Soul Buoy is located there.


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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