HMNZS Otago visiting
The HMNZS Otago was towed into Waitohi Wharf earlier last night ahead of the 160th birthday celebrations of the Edwin Fox this weekend.
The Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae will be in Picton today to present the Edwin Fox Society with a World Ship Trust Award.
This is a truly rare and prestigious maritime heritage award. The last award was awarded in Canada in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip.
The Edwin Fox, built in 1853, is one of only 31 ships to have received the award.
With the presentation of this award, the Edwin Fox joins a select band of restored ships throughout the world including the Mary Rose (UK 1510), Vasa (Sweden 1626), USS Constitution (USA 1707), Great Britain (UK 1810) and Cutty Sark (UK 1869).
Details of the ship
- Last surviving convict ship in the world that took convicts to New Zealand
- Oldest merchant ship in the world
- Ninth oldest ship in the world
- Last ship of the Dunbar shipping fleet
Edwin Fox Tea Party, Celebrating 160 years. 11am till 3pm, Edwin Fox Museum, free admission, Pom Pom the clown, music, prizes, treats, themed photos and actors, views of the HMS Otago, story tellers, traditional children's games, fancy dress prize for best Victorian dress, birthday cake.
Edwin Fox Museum Church Service, 10am.
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