Out comes the sun, Wreck Bay is done!

To make the most of the beautiful weather we had on Rangitoto Island today, the team and our captain launched Chinook from Auckland CBD just as the sun was rising.

Rangitoto at sunrise

Rangitoto at sunrise

We made it out to Boulder Bay by 08:30, which gave us heaps of time to get a good look at the wrecks in the area.

Maddy and Howard examining Columbia for signs of salvage

Maddy and Howard examining Columbia for signs of salvage

Remains from nine wrecks (from a total of thirteen) were photographed, measured, and recorded at both Boulder and Wreck Bays—one of these sites displayed signs of wood sawing and a fire pit had the remains of iron bolts—suggesting salvage and reuse of the vessel.

Kurt measuring the length of the remains of Duchess

Kurt measuring the length of the remains of Duchess

The remaining four sites have either been completely submerged or evidence no longer exists of their location.

Maddy and Kurt photographing Ngapuhi from the low tide mark

Maddy and Kurt photographing Ngapuhi from the low tide mark

The team’s completion of the survey at Boulder and Wreck Bays is the perfect ending to my last day on Rangitoto. It has been an exciting week and I can’t wait to see what the team comes back with tomorrow! /VS

Kurt, Maddy and Vanessa on Vanessa's last day in the field

Kurt, Maddy and Vanessa on Vanessa’s last day in the field

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