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The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
The History Of Lyttelton Harbour
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The History Of Lyttelton Harbour

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  • 1. The history of Lyttelton harbour By Aidan Jackson
  • 2. Harbour Photos
  • 3. Lyttelton 1877 – The beginning
    • The Lyttelton Harbour Board was established in 1877 and was responsible for the management of both the commercial and recreational facilities of the harbour.
    • The Board consisted of 13 members elected at the Local Body Elections every three years and representing areas which extended from the Rangitata River in the south to the Conway River in the north.
  • 4. Lyttelton 1940 – 1950 Troublesome 40s
    • January 5
    • First echelon of Canterbury troops for World War II leave Lyttelton on "Dunera" and "Sobieski".
    • April
    • H.S. Feast begins 21 years as Town Clerk.
    • May 18
    • Harewood Airport officially opens. It was soon to be taken over by the RNZAF for the duration of the war.
    • May 24
    • Centennial music festival presents 10 days of music to large audiences. This was the New Zealand Centennial. For Christchurch Centennial see 1950 .
    • September 1
    • New Zealand Railways railcar sets a speed record of 125 kilometres per hour (78 miles per hour) near Rolleston. This is still the highest speed officially acknowledged on the New Zealand rail system.
    • November 25
    • "Holmwood", en route from the Chathams to Lyttelton, sunk by German raiders. Passengers and crew were taken aboard the German ships, and eventually made their way home 2 months later.
  • 5. Starting of WWII (in NZ)
    • Crowds farewell departing troops on the wharf at Lyttelton in 1940. Expressions of apprehension and concern are apparent on the faces of many of the women who have come to see off their boys and men leaving for the war.
  • 6. Steam Tub Lyttelton II
    • Registered Name - Lyttelton II Built - 1938 Builder - Lobnitz & Company Limited Yard No. - 1014 Lloyd's Registry No. - 1171392 Current Port of Registry - Melbourne L.O.A. - 34.97    Metres (123 feet) Beam - 9.5 Metres (31 feet 4 inches) Draught - 4 Metres (12 feet 3 inches) Gross Tonnage - 303 tons (308 tonnes) Displacement - 593 tons (604 tonnes) Engines - Two coal fired, 6 cylinder triple expansion steam engines. Speed - 12 Knots  
    • Ship's Log 1938 - Built and engined by Lobnitz & Company Limited of Renfrew, Glasgow.
    • Specialising since the 1850s in the construction of  dredges, floating docks, fishing boats, tugs and workboats, Lobnitz built the similar Awarua for Bluff Harbour in 1932 (below Right) and the almost identical William C Daldy (below Left) for Auckland  in 1935 at a cost of  £30,499 delivered. See links below for more about the William C Daldy .
  • 7. Steam Tub Lyttelton II
    • Lobnitz also built the tug Otago (1955) for the Otago Harbour Board and the dredge Peraki  ( 1960) for the Lyttelton Harbour Board (believed to be still working out of Manila as the Angelita IV ). 1939 - February 27 - Departed Glasgow for Lyttelton. 1939 - June 8 - Arrived at Lyttelton after a 107 day passage. 
    • Sydney Wigglesworth served as Second Mate  on the delivery voyage of one of the last coal fired steamers built for a New Zealand owner.  As Lobnitz included delivery in their price it's likely that Sydney was a Glaswegian in their employ at this time, 38 years later he was living at Auckland.
    • 1940 - Dec 29 - The 6,000 ton inter-island ferry Rangatira ran aground at Pigeon Bay near the entrance to Lyttleton Harbour. Refloated about 3 pm with help of the tug (below). 1963 - Aug - Voyage to Port Chalmers to assist the damaged Paparoa into the dry dock. 1963 - Sep 21 - Stood by the motor vessel Holmbank (below) when she broke her back on grounding in Peraki Bay on the Southern side of Banks Peninsula. 1965 - Aug - New Zealand Marine News announces that the tug is to have her coal fired boilers converted to oil burning next year. 1977 - The Lyttelton Harbour Board's replacement tug Godley begins service.
  • 8. Steam Tub Journey Illustrations
  • 9. Credits
            • Pictures Imported by : Aidan. Jackson
            • Info Imported by : Aidan. Jackson
            • Animation Imported by : Aidan. Jackson
            • Slide Show by Aidan. Jackson
            • Even Credits by Aidan. Jackson
            • Special thanks to :
            • http://lyttelton.nz.googlepages.com/thesteamtuglytteltoniiof1939
            • http://www.lytteltonharbour.co.nz/site/images/44121.jpg
            • http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Heritage/Photos/Disc10/IMG0079.jpg
            • http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/images/Maori219.jpg
            • christchurchcitylibraries.com/Heritage/Chronology/Year/1940.asp
            • http://www.ccc.govt.nz/Christchurch/Heritage/HistoricLytteltonBuildings/15OxfordSt.asp
            • http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/lyttelton-wellington-ferries/strife-and-war
    • End

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