Yeah, that's why I wasn't sure. Should have gone back and looked at my copy of "A Voyage for Madmen" instead of fiddling with google. Most of the pictures Google popped up were bad angles from when the boat was found empty at sea, or from when it was on the hard much later, and had been modified with a much higher and square shaped roof.
We had daily service to Catalina island from Long Beach way back.Sea Bee Air was an amphibious aircraft service that operated from 1962 to 1989. The company was originally called Tourist Air Travel, then Mount Cook Airlines before Sea Bee Air.
Sea Bee Air operated a fleet of Grumman G-21 Goose (8 Seater), Grumman Widgeon (6 Seater) and Grumman Turbo Goose amphibian aircraft for regular scheduled passenger and freight services to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf (particularly Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands) and operated charter flights to other areas such as the Bay of Islands, Manukau & Kaipara harbours and elsewhere around the country and to Pacific islands including to Tuvalu where it operated on contract to the UK Government.
See Bee Air operated from what is now the Marine Rescue Centre.
The aircraft flew from its base in Auckland at Mechanics Bay to Surfdale where the original ramp can still be seen. The service had an approximate flight time of 20mins to Waiheke.
In its time it was one of the only viable ways to enter and access Waiheke quickly with the ferry services taking up to 2 hours.
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