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Tiri ('Radio Hauraki')

Tiri ('Radio Hauraki')

A small coaster that had her moment of fame in New Zealand history when she became 'Radio Hauraki', NZ's first non state-controlled (pirate) radio station, in 1966.
Built 1931 G.T.Niccol, Auckland
Tonnage: 164grt
Owners: A.G.Frankham and Co, Auckland
Traded mainly between Auckland and Northland ports until December 1963. Chartered to Tiri Shipping Co, Auckland, for a new service to Whangarei and Great Barrier Island. When this venture failed in September 1965, Tiri was laid up until sold to Radio Hauraki and used as a pirate radio station from 1966-68. Went aground on January 27, 1968. When refloated, damage exceeded the value of the vessel.
Laid up on Limestone Is, Whangarei Harbour, for many years. Almost totally destroyed by fire on April 8, 1979.
Story is told in the book: 'The Shoestring Pirates',by Adrian Blackburn.
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