Lucky charm swims in

Last updated 15:43 20/02/2013
shark tail

Home at last: Bob Warwick, left, and Wellington Museum of City & Sea deputy director Paul Thompson with the lucky shark’s tail Mr Warwick gifted to the museum.

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A lucky silver shark's tail has been returned to Wellington after spending the last 50 or 60 years in Australia.

The shark's tail was nailed to the front of the ship Pamir as a good luck symbol, but was removed after the ship was damaged in an accident involving Wellington Wharf.

Australian Bob Warwick gifted it to the Museum of City & Sea while visiting last Thursday, because Wellington was the Pamir's home port throughout World War II and because the incident happened here.

Mr Warwick has owned the tail since his aunt gave it to him when he was 7. The tail was given to Mr Warwick's aunt by one of her friends on the Pamir.

Museum deputy director Paul Thompson said the tail would add a lot to the museum, which already had a collection of quirky objects.

"It has a lot wider impact than just an interesting incident involving the Pamir," he said.

The shark's tail joins other quirky items such as a giant ceramic teapot modelled on the Beehive.

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- The Wellingtonian


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