NEW ZEALAND's FAR NORTH
PHOTOGRAPHY by donhammondimage.
The Wreck of the "Iris" ...
On 20th August 1977 the FV."Iris", a 55' steel fishing boat was
returning home to her base port of Awanui. Rounding North Cape in an
area known for heavy seas and strong currents, the "Iris" was
overwhelmed by one or more large waves, rolling the vessel. From her
position of loss the "Iris" was carried by the conditions further down
the coastline eventually coming to rest on the rocky shoreline. After
inspection by a salvage team it was considered that recovery was
difficult, if not impossible. The vessel was then stripped of everything
of value and her hull left to the elements. In 1985 the remains of the
Iris were well broken up. Her twisted hull gave testament to the fury
of the seas at times experienced around the north-eastern extremity
of the Far North.
Battered and broken her remains had now taken on an art form
of their own, a natural sculpture in a remote region that over time will
disappear into the landscape.