Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Transition - Sextant to HiFix6 and Lead line to Echosounders
While we were doing our bit in the sun, HMNZS Paea (seconded to Survey Fleet) was beavering away in Marlborough Sounds.
I was privileged to serve for 4 years on mainly Tarapunga with one short stint on Takapu. I got to share in surveying practices dating back to Captain Cook and I was soon to be thrown headlong into a new form of surveying - electronics. That happened whilst the ML's were still operating, HMNZS Monowai was manned after a 2 year refurbishment. Monowai was then the most sophisticated survey vessel in the world (a mainframe computer driven by tickertape and stored in a dehumidified room the size of a Queen Bedroom.)
We'd have to thank the SR Bastards that stayed on during the transition and lept headlong into writing and presenting of courses that were highly justified and very thorough. A lot of new drogs flowed in and then filled places on Monowai and Takapu and Tarapunga (the new Inshore Survey Craft replacing the ML's) Many who took on the new survey vessels initially moaned about the long hours and all but there was a strong corp d'esprist build within the branch and also the strong admiration from fellow sailors on all vessels.
And on that, Up Spirits!!