“I have fallen in love with this harbour. It reminds me of the lochs of Scotland - calm narrow stretches of water surrounded by very high steep hills. At the far end of Carnley Harbour is the Victoria Passage, a narrow exit to the western side of the island where the sea is rough. And nearby we is Boatshed Bay, where a boatshed once housed the Adams Island depot boat that was left for shipwreck survivors in the 1800s. The boat is now on display at my place of work the Maritime Museum in Auckland and it is a thrill to see a connection with an historical artefact I see daily back home.”
|Carnley Harbour, photographed by the Department of Conservation|
The expedition team also went ashore at the site where the survivors of the Grafton shipwreck lived for 20 months in the mid-1860s. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the wreck, and even today a part of the ship can still be seen on the water’s edge. It’s a remarkable survival story that has been the subject of many books and was recently a major story on TVNZ series Intrepid NZ. For Frazer, it has topped off an unforgettable two weeks.
“This has been an amazing trip for me. The wildlife encounters, the history, the stunning scenery, the remoteness and the pristine environment have made this an unforgettable experience. Sitting for four hours each morning in the quiet still dawn waiting to see penguins gives you plenty of time to think. I think of my family. These two weeks will be the longest time my wife and I have spent apart since we first met 15 years ago. I think of my two dogs and a cat. I think of my mum and grandparents who would be so proud I got this opportunity. Most of all I think about how I can make the most of this experience. I have big plans to teach others about the Auckland Islands. To share what I have experienced and what I have learnt. I think about inspiring others to love this place and help keep it the way it is. I think about making a difference.”