I moved to Blackball, Havelock in 1952 where my boating began with a vessel of dubious safety that was made out of corrugated iron and a couple of pieces of wood.

I moved onto my own ply small yacht ‘Josa Lee’ and the farm launches the ‘Gannet’  ‘Penguin’ and ‘Ngaio’ based at Blackball. I was a Havelock Sea Scout rowing and sailing the cutter ‘Pelorus’. I served an electrical apprenticeship with D.C. Todd Ltd at the same time gaining sea time towards my commercial Skippers Ticket. I have had association with vessels skippering the ‘Mahau’, ‘Nancy Jean’ and ‘Arikitai’ plus others.

 I also worked on many other vessels, private and commercial, carrying out wiring work. I crewed on the lighthouse tenders ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Stella’. I spent time deep sea as second engineer on the ‘F. V. Arrow’. I was a member of Nelson Volunteer Coastguard holding the positions of Crew, Skipper, Senior Skipper, Training Officer, Committee Member and Vice President. We had a twin screw Brede class self righting RNLI lifeboat Sealord Rescue.

I was Scout Leader of Achilles Sea Scouts the troop gaining “Naval Recognition” and moved onto the District Scout Leader of the Nelson District.

Over the last fifteen years I have been maintaining Aids to Navigation in the Marlborough Sounds from Port Underwood to Okiwi Bay, operating a pontoon vessel. During this time I was also involved in the MSQP mussel testing regime from Port Underwood to Okiwi Bay and western D’Urville Island operating an 8.5 metre Sea-master vessel.

My qualifications are:

Electrician, Electrical Inspector, Electrical Trainer

Restricted Limits Launch Master, Commercial Launch Master, Inshore Launch Master, Second Diesel Trawler Engineer, (Mech 6).

I am now retired and have a 9 Metre William Garden design Sea Bird gaff rigged yacht called ‘Anna Jane’,  that I hope to get a lot of use out of.

I am looking forward to working as part of a team to the benefit of the Pelorus Boating Club and its members.

 Gordon Berry