The owner of a historic tugboat that ended up on rocks in Tutukaka Harbour hopes the hull can be repaired so the vessel can continue its seafaring adventures.

The Shamrock hit rocks in the inner harbour about 9.10pm on Thursday and a salvage team took about six hours on Sunday to free the 13m vessel.

Auckland owner Martin Beeby described the grounding as an unfortunate accident as they tried to moor in the harbour.

He and his partner and a dog were rescued on the night but since then he had been trying to get Shamrock ashore so the full damage could be assessed.

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"We've had her 11 years and planned to live on her when we retired. We might have to reassess that," Beeby said yesterday.

On Sunday floats were placed around the deck of Shamrock and she was floated off the rocks and towed by a tug towards Marina Beach near the Tutukaka marina.

Tugboat Shamrock ran aground after striking rocks near Tutukaka Harbour entrance. Photo/Michael Cunningham
Tugboat Shamrock ran aground after striking rocks near Tutukaka Harbour entrance. Photo/Michael Cunningham

Beeby hoped a crane would today lift the tug on to a truck, which would take it to a boatyard in Whangarei where an insurance assessor would get a full idea of the damage.

The couple had cruised the Northland coast a number of times and had anchored in Tutukaka before.

Shamrock was first launched in 1915 and since then has worked as a ferry in Coromandel, a tug in Tauranga, and a fishing charter on the Kaipara.