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