Northern News : March 30th 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 From EAST to WEST 0800 492 783 www.eastwestwaste.co.nz EAST WEST WASTE RECOVER RECYCLE REUSE PLACE KERBSIDE BY 7.30am RECYCLE CRATE 5-PACK TAGS $5.62 $2.25 REFUSE BAGS $1.23 $2.25 RECYCLE BAGS REFUSE STICKER Try Blue For A Better You RRP RRP RRP RRP Family affair: Former Bay Belle skipper 85-year-old Jane Taylor at the helm during the ferry's last crossing, with daughter and Fullers skipper Tammy Jameson and granddaughter Tayla Jameson, 7. Legend: The Bay Belle has been in service for 50 years. Last port of call for Belle BAY BELLE FACTS Built in Opua by Deeming Bros and launched in 1961 It has carried about 5.3 million passengers Its diesel engine has completed more than 240,000 hours It has travelled more than 610,000 nautical miles or 1.13 million kilometres, equivalent to 2.8 times the distance to the moon or 28 times around the circumference of the equator TWO elderly and elegant ladies were reunited on Friday in front of hundreds of wellwishers when the historic Bay Belle ferry made her last Paihia to Russell run. The vessel arrived around 6pm and was greeted by a karanga -- welcome call -- and the children of Russell School and blessed by Bishop Ben Te Haara. The Bay Belle has been an icon of the Bay of Island for more than 50 years. It began operations in late 1961 on the Fullers Cream Trip cruise, then beginning a new life in 1973 as the main passenger ferry between Paihia and Russell, operat- ing up to 15 return trips daily. Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands' first female skipper Jane Taylor, now in her 85th year, took the helm again for the Bay Belle's last run. I was privileged to sail the Bay Belle away from her run on a very similar day back in 1973. Today with my daughter Tammy, also a skipper with Fullers GreatSights, we are sailing her away for the very last time. I feel quite sorry though. I haven't skippered her for a long time but I think she could keep going for a long time yet.'' The Bay Belle has carried more than five million passengers and travelled more than 610,000 nauti- cal miles, the equivalent of 28 times around the world. Replacing it is a modern alu- minium vessel with 100 seats. The new ferry was built in Invercargill by Gough Bros and sailed up the coast by a crew from Fullers GreatSights earlier this month. It shares many of the features of the old Bay Belle, with an open upper deck that has been popular with travellers over the years. The old Bay Belle may be going but its legend lives on, with the new vessel being named the Bay Belle II. Both boats were blessed by Bishop Te Haara before Mrs Taylor took the old ferry for its final run.
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