Photo Gallery - December 2001
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On December 3rd the Queen Jane was struck at sea by the freighter "Southern Cross II". The collision occured at about 6:15pm (sunset was 8:30pm so it was broad daylight). The damage was severe but the tough Shannon 50 shrugged it off and motored to port under her own power. This is the ship involved. The photo was taken about an hour after the accident.
The Queen Jane limping home with wreckage strewn across the bow (including the furling job which could not be rolled up or lowered). This photo was also taken about an hour after the accident. As you can see, the sea was very calm and visibility good though cloudy and overcast.
Only 2 or 3 hours way, Nagle Cove on Great Barrier Island was to be our refuge. We could not have asked for a more serene and peaceful place to recover our sanity after this incredibly scary incident.
This photo shows the smashed nose of the Shannon. Its hard to believe still that this is all the damage sustained. The integrity of the hull was complete and so far we have found no evidence of structual damage aside from this.
The process of clearing away the debris, stripping salvagable hardware, and preparing the boat for the remainder of the trip to Tauranga began with small steps. The first day at Nagle Cove the crew made little apparent progress due to a general feeling of shock.
Another shot showing the condition of the bow and genoa sail/furler. The first job was to get the sail lashed down as the wind never went below 10k and the sail could not be furled with the broken furler. We had to haul a man aloft (Paul, a local bulldozer driver was on hand to assist one day while working our host's property) to wrap ties around its bulky, billowing mass.
Damage to the port and stbd sides of the hull resulted from the mass of wreckage flailing about in the first hours after the collision. Here you can see the heavy damage to the stbd side toerail/caprail, rubrail and topsides.
The home of our hosts, Allen and Mary who have lived in Nagle Cove for 14 years. They have 2 children who are driven to and from the school bus stop each day by boat as the home is not reachable by any road.
The Queen Jane at the end of the private pier at Nagle Cove. Allen came out (in a 40ft sportfishing boat called "Desiderata" owned and operated by another island couple) to guide us into the cove in pitch darkness and help us tie up to this pier.
Mary, Allen's wife, and Anne, a reporter from the New Zealand Herald. Anne (and a photographer named Peter) were at Great Barrier Island doing a story about families which live on the isolated island.
Peter, the photographer on assignment at the island with Anne. When Anne heard about our experience she came by to interview us for a story in the paper. Since she only got about 4 facts wrong I was quite pleased with the story. Unfortunately the photos Peter shot never made it into the paper due to difficulties in transmitting them via computer.
A section of the bow platform. The platform was built of laminated teak strips about 2" x 2" each and was over 5 feet long and about 2 feet wide. The stbd. side anchor roller can be seen here (which we were able to salvage and plan to reuse).
Steven from the S/V Batrachian. Steven and his wife Katherine happened to be in the next cove over and after learning of our situation came over early on the 4th to assist with damage control and prep work. Steven and Katherine, whom we met in July at Huahine in French Polynesia sail a Waukiez 48. Steve has a great deal of experience with boats and boat building and was instrumental in prepping the boat for sea.
Anders on watch on the way down to Tauranga. Anders flew to the island in a chartered plane along with Brian, a local boat yard worker from Tauranga, to help make temporary repairs and help bring the boat down with me. Kate and Jonah flew to Tauranga on the same plane which brought Anders and Brian to the island.
A statue just inside the harbor entrance at Tauranga. Apparently locals throw coins at the statue as the leave the harbor to ensure good luck fishing. Brian reported that it had failed to improve his luck though he always made an offering regardless.
We have nothing but praise and gratitude for the workers at the Shannon Boat Company in Bristol, Rhode Island who built our Shannon 50. It is quite clear that any lesser built boat would lie at the bottom of the Pacific after having gone through what she experienced. We are truly convinced that only her incredibly strong construction saved our lives. Only a well built steel boat could have withstood such punishment and come away with so little relative damage.
To Mr. Walt Shultz and everyone at Shannon, THANK YOU!