Wednesday, 05 August 2020


“A message in a bottle washed up at Preece’s Point, Coromandel in October 1907 contained a note from the missing ship, Constance Craig. Written in pencil on a piece of unruled paper it said, ‘We are quite disabled and there is very little hope for us being saved. Our masts have been carried away and all boats swept overboard, and six men, but there is no damage to her hull. The captain says we must be 900 miles off New Zealand.  So goodbye dear friends. Yours truly, James Smith, Sydney.’” 

The Lost Spring in Whitianga provided the setting for the most recent social event of a group of Mercury Bay Area School students, teachers and families who were treated to an evening in the pools, along with drinks and hot chips.

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