THE REMAINS OF THE BOYD – 200 YEARS UNDER THE SEA
To produce a 30-minute DVD about the 1809 shipwreck of the Boyd, the remains of which now lie in the depths of Whangaroa Harbour. The bi-centennial of the incident of the capture and the burning of the Boyd by Maori in 1809 is to be commemorated in December 2009. The DVD will record what remains of the vessel today and the search for, and recording of other artifacts from the Boyd that lie underwater elsewhere in the harbour. The search and survey of the remains and for artifacts will use divers and modern underwater technology. The DVD will also include the story and the history of the sinking which will be filmed against the background of scenic Whangaroa including places where the action occurred and interviews with locals and historians. 3D animation effects will be included to help tell the story.
The capture of the Boyd and the massacre of her crew resulted from an early clash of cultures between Maori and Pakeha and is today an important event in the history of New Zealand. The 200th anniversary of the incident is to be commemorated by both Maori and Pakeha at Whangaroa on December 9th 2009. Although the remains of the Boyd still exist, they are hidden in the murky waters of the harbour and there are still other relics of the ship yet to be discovered. These include cannon and anchor that lie on the bottom where the vessel was anchored at the time of capture.
Members of the Underwater Heritage Group Inc. (UHG) have been conducting research and underwater search and survey activities of the existing wreck and for lost artifacts in the harbour. The UHG has now instigated a project to film these activities and record the remains of the Boyd to feature in a DVD produced by the UHG to be released in time for the bi-centennial commemorations.
Although there have been books written about the Boyd incident, and a TV production, there is little to be seen by the public today of what remains of this important incident in the history of New Zealand. It is considered the proposed DVD will make the public aware of the story and the past heritage that, although hidden in the depths, still exists today. Tourists visiting Whangaroa will be able to access a visual insight to the history and heritage that lies beneath the waters of the harbour. The recoding will also be an educational tool that will assist in telling the story of the Boyd incident to students and how such lost underwater heritage can now through using modern technology, be discovered and recorded.
The DVD will also be of interest to historians and archaeologists, as the use of underwater sonar and imaging systems will allow them to study the wreck of the Boyd and other remains. It will also provide them with a record of the wreck and artifacts that still exist.
FUNDING & SPONSORSHIP
Although the project involves UHG members who are not charging for their time, funding is being sought to help cover costs members incur with the project especially for travel and accommodation costs. Other costs will involve the hire and use of boats and special underwater search and survey technology. However the grant application is for funds to assist with the cost of professional video production services including film editing and materials. Additional funding required will be supplied through sponsor donations and Group fund raising efforts.
Costs and project finances will be controlled by a special Boyd Project sub-committee who will report regularly to the UHG Committee.
Sources of funding will be acknowledged and recorded on the DVD production.
Copyright and intellectual property rights will belong to the Underwater Heritage Group Inc.
Parties interested in being a SPONSOR for this project are asked to contact the UHG Secretary.
Initial survey of the remains of the Boyd hull remains and search activities for other artifacts by the UHG commenced in 2008. Some video of these activities has been recorded and it is intended to continue with more intensive survey and recording program during the first half of 2009. Weather and sea conditions are a major factor that often affects activities on and under the water however topside filming will not be so affected and will proceed during this period. Processing and editing the films is expected to be completed by October 2009 and the DVD production to be completed in time for the December 2009 bi-centennial commemorations.