Tainui has been sold!

…I didn’t think I’d ever write that. It feels strange and more than a little unpleasant. But that’s my burden. Such rich memories.  As Fitzgerald said, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”.

My sojourn working on the out islands of Milne Bay in PNG has taught me that there are other vessels, other ways of practising medicine, other adventures. A difficult lesson, but learned. Next month it is back to Europe – a fortnight with Maxine in Moscow then down to Valetta to begin recovering hypothermic refugees in Libyan coastal waters. Well, for as long as my mortgage allows.

So, what t do with this website? I am loath to close it down. I am fond of writing my blogs and I’d like to keep it going, even though Tainui’s name will become a historical curiosity rather than central focus.

So, any suggestions and recommendations about this website would be most welcome. Seriously.


7 thoughts on “Tainui has been sold!

  1. Nick Ryan
    June 19, 2017 at 17:45

    JV – I’d say keep it going – the fraught passages of refugees, the weather and circumstances are worth your observations. A few yrs ago I saw a dozen old, stripped-out wood fishing boats stacked on a breakwater near C. Passero. The boats had numbers spraypainted on their hulls – 96, 145 etc. Took a while to work out they denoted how many souls were onboard..

  2. Veljko Roskar
    May 26, 2017 at 23:01

    Keep at it John. I enjoy your writings and musings, even when not related to passages and anchorages. There’s no reason to change the website name.

  3. RUSSELL minto
    May 25, 2017 at 15:09

    Keep the site going, we have a selection of fine vessels needing lots of TLC . Anyone of these abandoned beauties could become TAINUI 2 . Such a project may be a somewhat cathartic experience !
    Be quick to choose your previously loved glamour, before the excavator arrives to crush the lovelies !

  4. Henry W. Fuller
    May 23, 2017 at 17:54

    Keep the web site going for a while………………..as no doubt you have more stories to tell. I recently asked myself where is John and Tainui. I have not looked at your web site previous to this so I want to have some time to absorb the “Tainiu Saga”!

    Good to hear from you, John. All is well here in Cape Breton. Spring has sprung here in CB….a bit later than usual! I will probably be going to New Zealand next February.

    Very best regards,

    Henry Fuller

    1. May 24, 2017 at 10:22

      Henry! How good to hear from you. In PNG we have had the pleasure of an anthropology PhD student and I have been thinking of you, mate.

      Fair winds to you

  5. Bruce
    May 23, 2017 at 16:58

    Sad to say goodbye to such a valuable, non-questionning, faithful if loose, aging girlfriend. I for one enjoyed your blogs/ramblings. So what is wrong with http://www.tainuipast.org


    1. May 24, 2017 at 10:23

      Bruce, that is an apt description of the old girl, I must say. re website issues, I will think on it all. At the moment I am inclined to continue. Just depends on what happens off the Libyan coast, I suppose. Take care, mate

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