Recently I have been trawling through various web sites trying to get the contact details of an author who had written a book on an Auckland boat builder. I came across this site called Waitamata Woodys. I entered a search on the ANZAC and low and behold the vessel is still afloat.
It has been renamed FREEDOM, and now is moored off Herald Island. It looks much the same as it did in the 90’s when Barney and Jimmy came across it in the Kaipara, but now is tied and in need of some attention.
Some comments from the web site are as follows (to read all the comments on the web page click on the name FREEDOM);
This launch was built by Bailey & Lowe in 1911 as MAPUHI for A.B. Donald. Donald sold her to Alex Burt Jr in late 1913. In late 1915 Burt changed her name to ANZAC in a fit of patriotic pride. She was sold to the NZ Government in the mid-1920s and used as a Fisheries Inspection vessel under command of Capt Daniel. Later she was on the Kaipara renamed BETTY then FREEDOM. I saw her last moored off Herald Is.
When he bought her in 1913, Alex Burt changed her name to OBAN then changed it to ANZAC in 1915 to commemorate the Gallipoli landings.