Underwater Heritage Group New Zealand
During a recent search on a beach on Great Barrier Island, this item was found. The logo H&S is on the side which at first we thought may indicate it is a piece of farm machinery made by H&S of Wisconsin, however it's now known that the business didn't start until the late 60's, and the item appears to be a lot older than that. It may also be from some other company using this H&S logo at a previous time. Any help identifying this item is much appreciated.
Great Barrier Island Shipwrecks
‘Shipwrecks of Great Barrier Island’ was published September, 2010, and is A4, 56 pages, includes many illustrations, some in colour.
The book brings together all that is currently known about the island’s shipwrecks as well as articles on the centennial in 1994 of the sinking of the S.S. Wairarapa, and the survivors of the Rose-Noelle coming ashore on the island in 1989 after 119 days adrift - one of the great survival stories.
Available online at Comm Media Ltd website.
A World War II minefield believed to have been laid off the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour on Banks Peninsula, has eluded navy searchers as port authorities plan to dredge a deeper channel.
The 10 mines, thought to weigh up to 1000kg each, were apparently laid by the German minelayer, Adjutant, in June, 1941.
They were not moored but lay on the seabed and were detonated by the acoustic or magnetic activity of ships passing overhead.
None of the mines exploded and no ships were sunk and the navy believes over the years the mines sank into the "glutinous ooze" of the seabed.