Kōrero: Shipbuilding

Lyttelton dry dock

Lyttelton dry dock

Dry docks (or graving docks) were as much status symbols as practical ventures in colonial New Zealand. Every major port wanted one. Designed by harbour board engineer C. Napier Bell, Lyttelton’s graving dock was built of masonry and concrete. It was opened on 3 January 1883 when the gaily decorated Hurunui – ‘the very perfection of neatness and order’ – sailed in, breaking a blue ribbon. Thirty speeches followed. Now a registered historic place, Lyttelton’s graving dock still repairs ships.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gavin McLean, 'Shipbuilding - The iron and steel era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5500/lyttelton-dry-dock (accessed 24 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Gavin McLean, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, updated 20 Jul 2015