More than five hundred well-wishers turned up at Auckland Harbour, New Zealand on Good Friday (April 20) to wave farewell to a peace ship which plans to sail into the French Pacific nuclear testing zone.
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SV "Spirit of Peace" moves out of harbour as crowd gives three cheers and applauds.
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Background: More than five hundred well-wishers turned up at Auckland Harbour, New Zealand on Good Friday (April 20) to wave farewell to a peace ship which plans to sail into the French Pacific nuclear testing zone. There were cheers and applause for the crew of the ketch "Spirit of Peace" as they set off for the area of Mururoa Atoll where the French are planning a resumption of atmospheric nuclear tests.
The captain of the small boat, Bernard Rhodes, told newsmen he was confident his craft could safely make the trip.
"Spirit of Peace" is putting in at the south-east New Zealand port of Tauranga on the way for further supplies and adjustments.
Just before the boat left, the Fijian Nuclear Protest Committee appealed for boat and yacht owners to volunteer for a protest fleet which would sail into the test area in French Polynesia.
Last Wednesday (April 18) seven South Pacific nations asked Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam to seek Britain's aid in getting France to stop Pacific nuclear tests.
But while Australian and New Zealand politicians argue against the tests in Paris and discuss injunctions in the International Court -the four young men of "Spirit of Peace" are spending their life's savings in a personal attempt to stop the nuclear tests.
SYNOPSIS: The four man crew were setting off to sail in protest to the area of Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia. It is there that the French Government plan to resume atmospheric nuclear bomb tests.
The crew are spending their life savings on the voyage. And skipper Bernard Rhodes is confident the small ketch can make the trip without mishap. The Mayoress of Auckland was there to see them off.
Seven South Pacific nations have asked Australia to seek British aid in getting the tests stopped. Meanwhile the "Spirit of Peace" plans to do its bit.