21 Feb 2014


From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:10 pm on 21 February 2014

In 1933, a young Aucklander built his own 35-foot cutter with scraps of wood salvaged from the Hauraki Gulf, tar scraped up from the roads and then baked in his mother's stove, and number 8 wire. Johnny Wray had a budget of just 8 pounds 10 for his boat, Ngataki. He set sail on an adventure around the Pacific. In 1939, he wrote a book about his journey that has become a Kiwi classic: 'South Sea Vagabonds'.