Breeze is a traditional wooden sailing ship similar to vessels used for New Zealand coastal and inter-Dominion trades in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A brigantine, she has a square-rigged foremast and fore-and-aft rigged mainmast.
Replica coastal trader built in the traditions of 19th-century shipwright techniques
Breeze the brigantine
Launched in 1981, designer and builder Ralph Sewell intended to recreate a replica coastal trader built in the traditions of 19th-century shipwright techniques, materials and construction. In time-honoured fashion, she is built of one diagonal and one fore and aft skin of kauri on sawn kauri stringers. The deck is two skins, one of kauri, one of totara. She is copper-fastened and stiffened with carefully selected pohutukawa knees and sawn kauri floors. For modern conditions, she is fitted with an auxiliary engine, and the main hold is fitted out as a cabin. Measuring 60 feet with a maximum beam of sixteen-foot six and a draft of water of six-foot she is neither a large or small boat.
Her powerful brigantine rig spreads up to 11 sails, seen at her best when she won the 1991 Tall Ships Race. Before coming to the Maritime Museum, Breeze was involved in sail training with the Breeze Sailing Club. In 1985 she sailed to Mururoa to protest French nuclear testing taking the place of Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior which had been sunk by French agents in Auckland.
HERITAGE SAILINGS ON BREEZE ARE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
Christmas parties, anniversaries, birthdays and events. Book a 90minute chartered sailing with drinks and canapés for up to 40 people.
The hour-long sailing afforded us a magnificent view of Auckland's skyline and the Harbour Bridge. It was also a unique experience helping to hoist the sails for our trip.