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Regardless of age or ability, the R.Tucker Thompson has created memories and friends for thousands of travellers over the years. Throughout the New Zealand summer, she provides the opportunity for visitors to the Bay of Islands to experience a working tall ship with her own unique history.Find out more
The R.Tucker Thompson provides life changing experiences for youngsters of all ages, from our 7-day youth development voyages through to our Russell Kororāreka field trip which is ideal for school groups of all ages.Find out more
The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit trust which is a registered charity. All income derived from our tourism sailing activities are used for her maintenance, as well as providing a contribution to help Northland youth access the sail training voyages.Find out more
We are frequently asked do we have any sail training voyages for adults – they want to experience what our sail trainees do…. although we wonder if they really, really want Captain Uncle Steve waking them at 0700 for their early morning swim!Read More
Apologies for the lack of blogs for our current voyage but disaster has struck the ship’s laptop and it is dead as the proverbial dodo, which means that we are unable to post updates from the ship. However, we can report that all are well on board and for their first day they anchored up safely overnight after their man overboard drills and safety training.
It was only this morning on the second day that the laptop failure was realized. We will post brief updates based on the nightly texts. Apologies, but there will be all the more stories to tell on their return!Read More
The ship is pulled apart and maintenance is underway. And we welcome back the incomparable Dewy Buttonshaw who has generously flown over from Melbourne to give us a month of his time and knowledge to help us with our maintenance.
Dewy arrived in the Bay of Islands on board Tecla, one of the Dutch tall ships that was circumnavigating the world and heading to Auckland with the fleet. Blown away by the welcome he received here in the Bay, Dewy headed back north after the Auckland festival and we found him, literally, exploring Matauwhi Bay in Russell. Having established that he had formerly been Captain of Pallada, a Russian tall ship we sailed with in 2005, we invited him on board the Tucker. He’s been a good friend ever since, returning on a couple of occasions and now to help us with this year’s maintenance. With his shipwright skills, his tall ship experience, and genial nature he’s a wonderful asset for our project!Read More
This morning we awoke in Oke Bay to yet again clear blue skies to greet us for our daily dip. Chores were completed in record time and breakfast was quickly devoured so we could up anchor and make our way to Deep Water Cove for a morning dive on White Reef. Our friendly finned friends amazed our trainees as they hand fed and played with the many species of fish there.Read More
Yesterday morning we awoke to clear blue skies and a beautiful sunrise while we took our morning plunge in the refreshing waters of Parekura Bay. Our chores were easily completed and a hearty breakfast went down well. After a lesson on nutrition we listened to the weather report so we could plan our day. Our navigators made a voyage plan to Waewaetorea Island where we could take advantage of the sun on the gorgeous white sandy beach.Read More