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Hokianga at Auckland

Hokianga at Auckland

Taken at Auckland, c.1964. That is not a comet about to take out the large building in the background.
Built 1929 G.T. Niccol, Auckland
Tonnage: 170grt
Owners: A.G.Frankham and Co, Auckland
Spent early part of career trading from Auckland to Hokianga and later Auckland to Awanui and Mangonui, until transferred to Frankham's weekly cargo service from Auckland to Gisborne in 1960.
When later chartered to the Lightering Company at Gisborne, the engines were removed and the Hokianga was used as a dumb barge for export cargo transfers.
On sale to Storm Pty Ltd of Port Moresby, the Hokianga was fitted with new engines, refitted for island trading, and departed NZ shores on August 20, 1968. The last owner was Captain J.C. McCormick.
She developed a serious leak and sank in the Gulf of Papua on September 6 1971, while on a voyage from Daru to Port Moresby. (Info taken from 'The Era of Coastal Shipping in New Zealand', by the late Murray Jennings.)

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Nice pic and info on the old Hokianga Brent.The Port building in background now well gone.There were several old coasters that berthed in that basin and around at Marsden and King's wharf basin.Bryan.

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Thanks Bryan. Auckland wharves were a treat back in the '60's. My Kodak films only had 8 exposures on each, so with limited pocket-money, I had to choose my shots. Got the 'Kapuni', 'Onehunga', 'Maunganui' and 'Poranui' on the same film--you didn't have to walk very far.
Regards, Brent

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