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Nov 18, 2019, 09:37 PM
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The TIKA – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug


Tika is another small (16.7m) tug from the WECO yard in Whangarei. They produced some pretty good vessels in the 70s-80s.

Built for Ports of Auckland in 1971 she served in the main Auckland port (Waitemata) until moving across to light duties on the Manakau in 2001. She had a relatively stress free working life other than one really bad afternoon in 1982. She was assisting the 1433 ton freighter Shereen from her berth to the mid-harbour position, and was about to release the line when the Shereen started to pick up speed. The Tika’s emergency tow release failed to function and the tug was pulled over and capsized. The deckhand made it but Tika’s skipper, since she had been launched in 1971, was trapped in the wheelhouse, and drowned.

A couple of years ago the cement company got a bigger boat that couldn’t use the Manakau facilities and Tika was put out to pasture. Last year while it was waiting for sale I was able to get onboard and take lots of photos. POA were very helpful and also gave me hull lines and GAs. Much more friendly and helpful than some of the much smaller provincial port companies.

The model construction was fairly straightforward. For more info on the Tika, and a full build log, visit: www.modeltugforum.com
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