My wife's great aunt was shipwrecked in Dusky Sound in 1910 and she was keen to see where it happened. Having contacted SL Helicopters from UK we had a very helpful reception who were interested in the reason for our flight and suggested we contact again when nearby. This we did and were received at the heli-pad at the edge of Lake Te Anau, which was covered in misty cloud. Suspecting the worst because of the limited visibility, we were slightly surprised when the helicopter arrived and landed ready to receive us on board. Mike was our pilot and we could not have done better since he was well-informed, helpful in view of my disability and very friendly. Above the cloud, the sky was blue and sun was shining so we set out over Doubtful Sound on the way further south west to Dusky Sound. Having flown round the Sound we identified a suitable beaching site for the ship after it ran over a spike which tore a hole in the bottom. The Captain selected a place to beach his ship but by the time he did it, the engineer was up to his waist in water. All the passengers were landed, canvas taken ashore for shelter and everyone's baggage recovered. The crew had to chop down some trees to add space to where everyone was likely to spend the night. Members of the crew rowed round to a nearby lighthouse to raise the alarm and a warship despatched by the Prime Minister to effect the rescue. Having flown round where we thought the landing had taken place, there was very little space for a lengthy stay. We left for the return flight and went on to Milford Sound before coming in to land back at Te Anau. It was a terrific flight and we landed once for a comfort stop at Lake Quill. We were joined by four Kea which inspected my shoelaces and some of the seals on the helicopter. After arrival we were offered an itinerary of the trip super-imposed on a google map of the area. What a memento! Fantastic and a terrific record of our trip over the mountains and fiords. Highly recommended. Many thanks, Mike.
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