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  Probably the world's oldest working floating crane
by Kakapo2
 
 

Hikitia is almost certainly the oldest working ship of its type in the world. It is a self-propelled floating crane or heavy lift ship, orginating from Scotland. It was built in 1926 and was steamed out of Scotland in 84 days, with the jib up, as you see it now.

In 2004 the Hikitia lifted 100 tonnes in order to successfully retain its 80 tonnes lift approval. Since 1980 is has made more than 300 lifts.

The ship weighs 926 tonnes, is 51,82 metres long, 15,95 metres wide, and 3,46 metres deep. The height to the top of the crane is 35 metres.

The Hikitia was saved from demolition by a group of private people.

Directions: On the Waterfront, between the Lagoon and Te Papa.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2008
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