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The remains of the former minesweeper HMNZS Thomas Currell lie in the shallows at Port Hutt in Whangaroa Harbour in the Northern part of Chatham Island. Originally a fishing trwler, this boat had been converted to a minesweeper during World War Two, serving in the New Zealand navy. In the late 1960s it was brought to the Chatham Islands during the crayfish boom of the late '60s, early '70s to be used as a storage cool store for crayfish prior to their shipment to New Zealand. When the boom ended, the Thomas Currell lay unloved & unused in the clear shallow waters of Port Hutt where it still remains, a roosting place for gulls & cormorants.

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