Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Aug 13, 2010 23:20:22 GMT 12
Here are some photographs of TEAL's flying-boat operations at Evans Bay in Wellington between 1950 and 1954. There are also some images of Imperial Airways' S.23 Empire flying-boat “Centaurus” at Wellington on New Year's Eve 1937 and New Year's Day 1938, plus a couple of photographs of TEAL's S.30 Empire 'boat ZK-AMA “Aotearoa” visiting Wellington in 1940. Also some photographs of BOAC's Short S.25 Hythe-class flying-boat G-AGJL “Hobart” during a visit to Wellington in February 1946.
Most of these photos were taken by photographers from Wellington's Evening Post newspaper, although some came from other sources including Whites Aviation. High-resolution copies of all images are available online from The National Library of New Zealand. Click on each individual photograph to view the source and a photo caption. Note that the dates on some of the captions at the National Library website are inaccurate.
On 31st December 1937, Wellington received a visit from Imperial Airways Short S.23 Empire flying-boat “Centaurus” (commanded by Captain John Burgess) as seen here at the Port of Wellington, with the crew welcomed ashore, then the flying-boat was watched by spectators while taxiing past Point Jerningham on Wellington Harbour. “Centaurus” was enroute to Lyttleton Harbour.
On 1st January 1938 “Centaurus” was back on Wellington Harbour and being refuelled from the launch “Wild Duck” in Evans Bay prior to taking-off and flying on to Auckland.
On 19th January 1940, TEAL's Short S.30 Empire Boat ZK-AMA “Aotearoa” alights on Evans Bay bringing dignitaries to visit the Centennial Exhibition — the exhibition site can be seen in the second photograph.
On 28th February 1946, Wellington received a visit from BOAC's Short S.25 Hythe-class flying-boat (civil Sunderland) G-AGJL “Hobart” conveying the British Minister for Civil Aviation, Lord Winster (Reginald Fletcher), to a meeting of the South Pacific Air Transport Council. The Sunderland flying-boat was moored in the bay, then the minister and his official party disembarked into a launch and were transported to the Evans Bay wharves.