Tug tours take in city’s colour­ful his­tory

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

His­tory buffs can get their her­itage fix with a dose of ocean air while sail­ing around on an old­fash­ioned tug­boat.

Ports of Auck­land is run­ning free her­itage tours on the his­toric William C Daldy, which fa­mously saved a sec­tion of the har­bour bridge from float­ing away while it was be­ing built.

The tours are part of the Auck­land Her­itage Fes­ti­val which runs from Satur­day to Oc­to­ber 4.

The tug is main­tained by the William C Daldy Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, which marine su­per­in­ten­dent Be­van Tin­ker got in­volved with in 1995.

He says the so­ci­ety bought the tug for $1 from the for­mer Auck­land Har­bour Board af­ter leas­ing it for sev­eral years for $10 a year.

The tug was in ser­vice from 1936 to 1977 and was only out of work for two years be­fore the so­ci­ety got it up to stan­dard to carry pas­sen­gers and put it into ser­vice as a char­ter ves­sel.

“It’s still fully ca­pa­ble of do­ing the job,” says Mr Tin­ker.

It’s the first year the free tours will be run on the Daldy. They will take in the com­mer­cial wharves with a com­men­tary on the his­tory of the area.

“We are very ex­cited to of­fer the Auck­land pub­lic a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a part of their city’s his­tory first-hand,” says manag­ing di­rec­tor Jens Mad­sen.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the city and port over the past 160 year­splus is a fas­ci­nat­ing story.”

The tours will be held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on the next three Satur­days dur­ing the Auck­land Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial. Call 0800-257-678 or go to www.poal. co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

The tours are free but a gold coin do­na­tion to the William C Daldy Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety is ap­pre­ci­ated.

For those who don’t have their sea legs Ports of Auck­land is also run­ning Red Fence Her­itage Walks through­out the fes­ti­val.

The walks will be guided from the meet­ing point out­side the Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24 and 27, and Oc­to­ber 4 at 3pm.

Book­ings for the walks are not re­quired.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Float­ing his­tory: William C Daldy Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety marine su­per­in­ten­dent Be­van Tin­ker with the his­tor­i­cal tug boat, which will be used for her­itage tours.

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