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May 13, 2010

King Kong ship meets watery grave...

I found this article about the sinking of The Venture II from King Kong, I had a few shots that took place on this boat in the film so it brought back some memories (It's been almost 5 years now!?!) along with this photo we took on it with most of the comp team on Kong. I count 59 of us there, we ended up with around 100 of us by the end... it was a little crazy town :) (Cheers to Mark & Colin for hooking me back up with this photo)

The Venture II, aka Manuia, which was used for Sir Peter Jackson's King Kong film, was scuppered in Cook Strait on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010. This video, shot by Marco Zeeman, shows the listing ship taking on water and sinking.

The boat that featured in Peter Jackson's blockbuster film King Kong has been sent to Davy Jones' Locker after being left to rot at a Wellington wharf for the last five years.

The Venture II was scuttled in the ammunition dumping ground in Cook Strait today under the supervision of Wellington Harbourmaster Captain Mike Pryce.

Its watery grave was 1.7km deep and 37 nautical miles from Miramar Wharf, where the boat had been moored since 2005.

"After we towed it there we disconnected the tow line, put a couple of people on board, opened the scuttling valves and then watched it fill up and sink," Capt Pryce said.

The process took exactly one hour.

There had been calls for the boat to be used as a dive attraction in shallow water off Wellington's south coast, but the proper resource consents were not approved.

The Venture II joins two trawlers from Nelson, a barge from Picton and plenty of old ammunition, Capt Pryce said.

There was no commemoration when the old boat disappeared below the waves.

"It's been there too long for a ceremony."

Once the King Kong movie props had been stripped from the ship it looked like a "wreck", he said.

"If it had been the original King Kong ship that might have been a bit more touristy."

Wellington ratepayers are footing the bill for the sinking, an estimated $30,000.


Posted by dschnee at May 13, 2010 8:45 AM