A Sunken Ship in Okoromai Bay, New Zealand

As the tide goes out, this sunken ship becomes visible at the opening of Okoromai Bay into the Hauraki Gulf. Most days I can only see a small fraction of the bow and the boiler, both covered by mussels and other sea life that have made this sunken ship their home. Twice each year, at the king tides, we can see much more.

The easiest way to get to the wreckage is via kayak from Te Haruhi Bay, the main beach in Shakespear Park. However, at low tide we can hike through the Park to Okoromai Bay, and then follow the water’s edge along the East. It’s never boring living here.

Sunken Ship At King Low Tide

sunken ship

It was strategically sunk here by the Shakespear family many years ago to create a shelter and protect their family boat from the weather.  History buffs can read the entire story, recalled in one of our local newspapers: The hulks of Shakespear Regional Park or an Auckland University Underwater club account of a dive there: Wreck off Whangaparoa.

(Note: New Zealand’s Shakespear family name is spelled correctly.)

NaNoWriMo Update

Just a quick reminder that both myself and my 13 year old are participating in NaNoWriMo this month, therefore this blog will be predominately photos. Our goals are the same, to complete a first draft of our novel during the month of November. We both got off to a great start on Nov. 1.  We are encouraging each other and having fun. Our progress to date:

  • Me: Cruising along and proud to check in at 10,374 words
  • Teen: She is over 20,000 words. I don’t want to talk about it. (Actually, I am quite proud of her.)

What do you think of our local sunken ship? If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going?

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Rhonda … lovely photo – and interesting to find out about the sunken ship … it does seem a good way to preserve marine life and give them a new home to settle in … Gorgeous walk …

    I added a bit about Remembrance Day and NZ .. if you can pop by .. good luck to both of you with NaNo …

    Cheers Hilary

    • says

      You will have to come to New Zealand during a king tide, so check your tables carefully, it only happens twice each year – or you could snorkel it any day at high tide.

  2. says

    too cool! the pic & story AND you & daughters nano progress! look at you guys go! how fun to hav her do it with you! and good clean competition for motivation! is there a wager? hmm?

  3. says

    What an amazing photo of the sunken ship! Of course your daughter is speeding through, as kids know how to type in their sleep. You are still doing great Rhonda!

  4. says

    Cool pictures. I love New Zealand and reading about it. Been twice but never seen this one. Did NaNo once, was fun, but not this year. I know how hard it is, so good luck with it!

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