April 8, 2024

New tech captures historic Whangaroa shipyard

New tech captures historic Whangaroa shipyard

An aerial view of the former Lane and Brown Shipyard and Sawmill at Totara North, beside Whangaroa Harbour. Photograph / Aerial Vision

New technologies has been used to seize 1 of Northland’s oldest industries so it will endure in digital variety even as the structures on their own drop into destroy.

The former shipyard and sawmill at Tōtara North, beside Whangaroa Harbour, has been videoed and photographed employing a drone. Its bodily proportions and sub-structures have also been recorded.

Once the centre of a thriving kauri-milling operation and boat-setting up organization, the mill and shipyard have stood silent for almost 20 decades.

Considering the fact that then the 150-year-outdated mill had deteriorated to the place exactly where it was no more time possible to maintain it, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Northland manager Monthly bill Edwards said.

“Options for restoration or rebuilding have been explored but at the finish of the day it just was not useful to maintain these structures. For the reason that they were further than the issue of repair we experienced to emphasis on the best way of recording them in detail,” Edwards reported.

“Given the hazardous issue of the mill and shipyard, recording the interiors and exteriors of the buildings introduced some problems, nevertheless it was crucial to record the buildings so that men and women in the upcoming will be capable to see how the mill and shipyard functioned.”

Engineering delivered the resolution with video and pictures shot by a drone flying by the interior of equally buildings, operated by Bay of Islands-centered Aerial Eyesight.


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A slipway interior in the boat-building area at the old Lane and Brown Shipyard and Sawmill at Totara North. Photo / Aerial Vision
A slipway interior in the boat-constructing space at the old Lane and Brown Shipyard and Sawmill at Totara North. Picture / Aerial Eyesight

“Lane and Brown Shipyard and Sawmill was established in Whangaroa, shut to a abundant offer of kauri. The shipyard was significant for the time – the equivalent of just less than 1400 sq. metres of ground space,” Edwards explained.

“By any requirements that was a sizeable operation, and the sophisticated was an essential component of the Much North economic system.”

Interior of the old mill at the Lane and Brown Shipyard and Sawmill at Tōtara North. Photo / Aerial Vision
Inside of the previous mill at the Lane and Brown Shipyard and Sawmill at Tōtara North. Photo / Aerial Vision

The protected sheds ended up capable of handling 350-ton ships. Extra than 50 vessels ended up designed there together with the 320-ton topsail schooner Rainbow in 1890 and the Government’s Pacific Island trader Countess of Ranfurly in 1901.

Lane and Brown vessels ended up very sought immediately after with the builders having great treatment to choose and season the wood that went into them.

“The partnership ended in the early several years of the 1900s because there wasn’t sufficient function to retain the Lanes and the Browns used. The Browns designed a shipyard at Te Kopuru on the Kaipara though the Lanes remained at Tōtara North,” Edwards said.

“Eventually they launched the Lane Motor Boat Organization in Auckland, though the Tōtara North mill continued to operate, ultimately staying procured by Te Rūnanga o Whaingaora in 2004. Prior to that point it was currently being made use of to retailer timber somewhat than for milling.”

Listed as a Classification 2 historic position, and comprehended to be the only remaining kauri mill in the earth, the rarity of the mill and shipyard meant it was critical to file it.

“Given the actual physical risk posed by the unstable buildings, nevertheless, the use of drone engineering was the most useful usually means of undertaking this,” Edwards mentioned.

“The outcome is a long lasting, visual and extremely specific history of this vital part of New Zealand’s kauri sector and boat-developing heritage.”