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HIKITIA – Wellington’s Steam Powered Floating Crane

Ownership of Hikitia was transferred to the Maritime heritage Trust of Wellington on 16 March 2006. The Trust’s objectives are to promote maritime heritage in the Wellington region. Trustees include Nigel Gould, Chairman, Bill Bay, Peter McKnight, Alfie des Tomb and Malcolm McGregor.

Hikitia was launched in Glasgow, Scotland in 1926 and arrived in Wellington on 21 December 1926. The ship is now unique as it is the last working example of its kind. It is a steam powered self-propelled heavy lift floating crane. All machinery functions and the objective is to get the ship back into full survey including the ability to be self- propelled and to lift its design weight of 80tonne. 

Major refurbishments were carried out at Lyttelton in 2009 including major hull repair, reconditioning of all below water valves and propellor shafts.  The hull, crane and decks were painted. The ship is now close to being fully operable in all aspects.

Current tasks include reinstating the steering gear not used since 1978, completing refurbishment of the Gear Room that houses the operating gears at the base of the crane tower and lifting the standard of appearance of the ship on both outside and inside.

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2013 Fireworks in Wellington

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On the 9th of November, the Hikitia took a central part in Wellington's Sky Show as the central platform for the fireworks display.

 

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20 August 2011

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Hi All           
 
We survived the snow, indeed most of us played in it, proving we are all big kids at heart. Long may that be so. It is of course a matter of degree. David reports from Ch Ch that he had no inclination to do things with snow.  This was after it had damaged his guttering and he is dealing with insurance companies again!  So understandably that snow was just tooooo much.
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15 August 2011

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Hi Hikitias
 
Amazing weather!!!  I have never seen this extent of snow in Wellington.
 
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26 July 2011

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Sunday - John A, Jim & Sarah showed 8 keen people from the Mazda MX5 Car Club over the ship. This was highly successful with much enthusiasm - photo refers.  

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23 July 2011

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On a fine Saturday morning, a small troupe of girl dancers are planning to visit and perform a 30 minute gig on the foredeck of the ship, probably in the late morning or early afternoon. Their leader, Sarah Courtenay, is an architectural student and is recording and testing various unlikely places around Wellington where dance routines could be performed. The Hikitia will be their first effort. They are a regular dance group of between 5-8 girls, and do perform in normal places. The performance should not interrupt normal goings-on too much.

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