Hikitia- Wellington’s Steam Powered Floating Crane

After our trip on the Tug Boat we also visited the Hikitia a floating crane.

Delivery Journey

Following trials, Hikitia left Glasgow on 29 September 1926 under Captain J Fullerton for Ponta Delgado in the Azores, a distance of 1445 miles, where she arrived on 9 October.  After bunkering, she left for Colon and the Panama Canal, passing through the canal on 2 November.  Out in the Pacific,Hikitia encountered strong head winds and rough seas, which caused the vessel to pitch heavily.  The next 48 hours were anxious and stressful for the crew with the superstructure straining and some deck plates beginning to crack but then conditions improved and repairs were made.  The ship reached Papeete harbour on 1 December and took on stores and coal, sailing next morning for New Zealand.  The final part of the voyage was not without incident, as on 13 December Hikitia ran into a submerged object and several days were spent battling rough seas and strong winds.  At 7.5 knots (approx 15kph) the ship was hardly a flier!

The log of the Hikitia’s delivery voyage is preserved in the archives of the Museum of Wellington, City & Sea on Queen’s Wharf.

Hikitia arrived in Wellington harbour on 21 December 1926 after a voyage of 82 days.  It has been generally accepted that Hikitia’s delivery voyage represents a record distance sailed by a vessel of this type with its jib up.

Heritage ‘Ark’

Hikitia is a special part of Wellington’s maritime heritage and has earned respect for her years of service to the port and the uniqueness of her construction and machinery.  She continues to provide a specialist waterborne lifting facility.

Additionally, she has become an ‘ark of knowledge’ for ship working skills that otherwise would be lost or forgotten.

Hikitia’s presence at her berth near the center of town uplifts the ambience and interest level of the Wellington waterfront making her a popular weekend visitor site.

Hikitia remains available for hire to carry out lifts or as an events venue. Weekend work party volunteers are always made welcome!

Contact:

Malcolm McGregor (04) 566-0278, 021 618402 Email Contact

http://www.maanz.wellington.net.nz/hikitia/index.html

 

Sight seeing in Wellington while walking to the tug boats free ride.

The day was pleasant and warm.

There were some interesting things to see on our way to the docks.

Queen Elizabeth cruise liner in Wellington harbour

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH

QUEEN ELIZABETH is our newest luxury ocean liner, named in October 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen. Recalling the rich heritage of the first Cunarder to bear the name, her elegance echoes that legendary age and enhances her modern allure. Discover more about Queen Elizabeth including her unique facilities, welcoming crew and explore her decks through the links below.http://www.cunardline.com.au/cruise-ships/queen-elizabeth/

 

On Saturday the tug boat took us to have a very close look at the

QUEEN ELIZABETH cruise liner

 

 

CentrePort Open day. Wonderful tug boat ride.

CentrePort Opens the Gates
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

CentrePort Wellington, New Zealand’s third largest port, is ‘opening the gates’ to Wellingtonians on Saturday 23 February 2013 for the ‘CentrePort Open Day’.

The day’s activities will be based at the Interisland Wharf (opposite the Wellington Railway Station and next to the Bluebridge Terminal) and will run from 10am – 4pm.

Coach tours and tug boat rides will be available for a gold coin donation.  All donations on the day will go to Wellington Free Ambulance.  CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe says “Wellingtonians will get a unique opportunity to see the diverse range of activities that go into making CentrePort a key part of Wellington’s dynamic Harbour and water front.”

Coach tours, which will depart from the Interisland Wharf, will travel through the port security area and will highlight an exciting growth story across many trades within CentrePort.  As with the tug rides these coach tours offer a unique opportunity that is not to be missed.   “Those who go out into the Harbour on the tug boat rides will also be treated to a spectacular up close view of the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner who will be in port on the day,” says Mr. O’Keeffe.

Based at the Interisland Wharf will be a number of other activities of a nautical theme to see and discover.  The Navy vessel ‘Taupo’ will be berthed at the wharf along with a number of other interesting Wellington based vessels, some of which will be open to climb aboard and look over.

For further information on the port’s open day please go to www.centreport.co.nz or call CentrePort on 04-495-3800.

 

Saturday February 23, 2013 was a very “cool” day

we visited Wellington harbour and had a wonderful time on one of the two

TUG BOATS