Centenary brings historic yacht to Arkles Bay

A visit from historic yacht The Frances is part of St Stephen’s chapel’s centenary celebrations. Photo, Classic Yacht Charitable Trust

St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Whangaparaoa is celebrating the centennial of its chapel – one of the oldest buildings in the area that is still in use – with official events taking place next month.

These include a chance to see the Shakespear family’s historic yacht, The Frances, up close. The yacht, now owned by the Classic Yacht Charitable Trust, will be at the Weiti Boat Club in Arkles Bay from August 2–5 and will be available for viewing with a crew member from 10am–4pm.

The yacht was built in 1906 and the Shakespear family owned her until 1991, using her to transport produce from the farm to market in Auckland. The boat has been maintained in tip condition by volunteers and is protected under the Protected Objects Act.

From August 1–6, information about the history of St Stephen’s chapel, and Whangaparaoa, will be available at Coast Plaza. Senior students from Whangaparaoa College will help people search through the information. There will also be a display of art by school children.

On August 6, at 2pm, there will be a re-enactment of people walking to church, as they would have in 1917. The ‘grand march’ of walkers will go from Coast Plaza (opposite the library) to St Stephens. Some participants will be in period costume and anyone interested may join in.

A church service and refreshments will follow and the chapel will be open.

Info: email Lady Rhyl Jansen, rhyljansen76@gmail.com or phone 021 244 0060.


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