1935: Yacht Ngataki reports via Awarua Radio

Yacht Ngataki

One of New Zealand’s best-loved books is South Sea Vagabonds, Johnny Wray’s amazing true story of building and sailing his yacht Ngataki during the 1930s.

In this news report, Awarua Radio relays the welcome news that Ngataki and her crew have survived another of their adventures.

New Zealand Herald, 11 March 1935, p 8

THE NGATAKI’S RETURN
YACHT NEARING DOMINION
“ALL WELL” REPORTED

[BY TELEGRAPH — PRESS ASSOCIATION] WELLINGTON, Saturday

The director-general of the Post and Telegraph Department has received the following message from the superintendent of the Awarua radio station:— “Ngakuta reports passing the yacht Ngataki in latitude 41.33 south, longitude 167.06 east from Hobart. Wishes reported all well.”

The position of the yacht at the time of making her report was approximately 300 to 350 miles west of Cape Farewell.