Moana Festival-Important Update from Sustainable Future Working Group

Unfortunately, in the end,we were unable to confirm a berth for the Daldy on the City side. The location allocated by the Festival organisers was not suitable for a vessel of the size and weight of the Daldy, and we were not offered a suitable alternative. We will still be attending the Festival however, and in conjunction with the Steam Society will be displaying models of the Daldy, and have Daldy merchandise available for sale. For that we will need volunteers to assist as Ambassadors at the Exhibition Centre as before. The Festival runs from 10 am on Friday 1 March to 6 pm Sunday 3 March.


With our programme having been organised around the Festival, we will proceed as planned to raise steam and have the safety valves certified. This means that we will have the ship available for viewing in Devonport as a live exhibit. To do that we will still require volunteer support:

  • Crew-stokers, deckhands
  • Ambassadors on the ship to show people around

NOTE: We will now NOT be offering refreshments. We’re in Devonport, after all, and there are any amount of amenities in the area. If you can help, please email John Pratt-

Give a little Update

Funds urgently needed

We need about $170,000 to bring the tug up to Survey and fully operational again. We’ve made significant progress, with the valves and fittings having passed examination, and new insulation installed on the boilers. We still need to slip the ship however, to enable a hull inspection and to clean the hull and propellers. To that end we’ve launched a fresh campaign on Givealittle:

Alternatively you can still donate to the Daldy on our website:

Peter Stone
Future Sustainability Working Group

Welcome to the William C Daldy

About us

With more than 35 years experience cruising Auckland Harbour, highly knowledgeable, experienced staff and an unrivalled quest for service you can trust, charter the W C Daldy. We will make your function a memorable success. We are Auckland’s most stable, fun and affordable charter boat for our size.

The William C Daldy is a twin screw, coal-fired steam tug, built at Renfrew on the Clyde in Scotland for the Auckland Harbour Board in 1935. After an 82 day delivery voyage to New Zealand, she entered service in February 1936, handling shipping in the port of Auckland


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Whether it be finger food, a fully catered meal or you choose to cater for yourselves using the onboard facilities provided, our Purser and galley staff will be on hand to ensure everything runs seamlessly on the day.

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WC Daldy Sound System – Complimentary, Excellent for medium sized crowds. A separate PA System is available for public address announcements. Bring your own Ipod / Phone etc with your favourite tunes and plug in.


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