Tug tours take in city’s colourful history
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.
Floating history: William C Daldy Preservation Society marine superintendent Bevan Tinker with the historical tug boat, which will be used for heritage tours.