10 Nov 2011

The Nautilus - Voyager New Zealand

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:10 pm on 10 November 2011

A 99 year old 12.5 metre long launch that started life as a simple river boat on the Avon has just become part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum's collection for her role in saving lives at Gallipoli. The Nautilus was commandeered by the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1915 and ferried ANZAC soldiers injured in Gallipoli to waiting hospital ships. Christchurch businessman Allan Williams bought the boat 20 years ago, and has just donated it to the Museum.