A2 - 594mm x 420mm - $395.00 - Edition Size 30
Apart from the residential homes visible on Tapeka Point, this could be a scene from the 1800’s. Breeze is a square-rigged brigantine; a traditional wooden sailing ship similar to vessels used for New Zealand coastal and inter-dominion trades in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Here she makes her way downwind past Motuarohia (Roberton Island) headed for Tapeka Point. Breeze was launched in 1981, designed and built by Ralph Sewell. According to the Auckland Maritime Museum who now maintain and run Breeze for charter: “Breeze was built in the traditions of 19th-century shipwrighting techniques, materials and construction. In time-honoured fashion, she is built of one diagonal and one fore and aft skin of kauri on sawn kauri stringers. The deck is two skins, one of kauri, one of totara. She is copper fastened and stiffened with carefully selected pohutukawa knees and sawn kauri floors”.
Translated, that means an incredible amount of craftsmanship, dedication, expert knowledge and sheer hard work went in to produce a living piece of art that, properly cared for, will still be sailing when we’re all long gone.