Old Ships 1956

Here is an image of three old ships which not many of you will remember.  This photo was taken when Pukaki was about to sail in company with Hawea and they escorted Endeavour to the Ice Edge when she was taking Sir Edmund Hillary to Scott Base, Christmas 1956.

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HMNZ Ships Pukaki, Hawea and Endeavour

Robin Franklin was the Navigating Officer of PUKAKI then and is probably the only surviving officer of that commission. He dosen’t remember HAWEA accompanying them.
Robin has provided three images to add to the collection.

endeavour-2Richard Hale presenting the worst beard prize

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This image prompted a signal from ENDEAVOUR “the conqueror of Everest has conquered our crows nest”   This image was taken Christmas 1956.  They images are courtesy of the late Tom Lloyd who was also aboard at the time.

Endeavour took down supplies and materials to build Scott Base, which was formally opened 20 January 1957. History can be viewed by clicking HERE

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4 Responses to Old Ships 1956

  1. Rex(Buck) Rodgers says:

    Was on Pukaki when in company with Hawea we escorted Endeavour to the Ice Edge when she was taking Sir Ed Hillary to scott Base, Xmas 1956

  2. Jim D says:

    Endeavour took down supplies and materials to build Scott Base, which was formally opened 20 January 1957. History here https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/caring-huts-antarctica

  3. mike catlow says:

    Pukaki was my first frigate draft as an OD 1959/60 This was a whole years commission away and was probably one of the last of these lengthy voyages.It must have been hard on those with families but to me a great adventure where i grew up fast.

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