Lyttelton       1951 - 2006

 

A Lyttelton Heritage Project 

1951 - The 1865 barque Darra beached at Quail Island. Darra's History

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1953 - TEV Maori enters the Wellington passenger service. History of the Maori

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1955 - United States Navy’s Operation Deep Freeze Icebreakers berthed in Lyttelton.

1957 - Norman Kirk becomes MP for the Borough. 

1958c - R.M.S. Rangitiki (1928 ~ 1962), a familiar sight at Gladstone Pier for more than thirty years.  In five weeks a pair of vertically opposed two-stroke Diesels propelled a hundred and twenty two First Class and two hundred and thirty eight Tourist Class passengers between a couple of islands at opposite ends of the Earth.  Rangitiki's web site.

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1959 - May 7 - The MV Holmburn caught fire in the port. The master Captain Derek Crabtree, along with the Chief Steward Mr. A.J. Hempstalk both lost their lives. The accommodation area was almost completely burnt out and repairs took several months.

1960 - Harbour Board's 91.5 metre, Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, the steamship Peraki enters service.

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1963 - Road tunnel to Lyttelton's largest suburb nears completion.

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1963 - Passengers fares by sea to Wellington from $5.50 aboard the Maori or Hinemoa. 

1964 - Feb 27 - 2.615 Km road tunnel opened at a cost of $390,000.

 2006 Photo: cydonia     (850 x 538 px)

1964 - Nov 28 - Opening of Cashin Quay.

 Nearing completion, 1963.  (674 x 511 px)

1966 - TEV Wahine enters the Wellington passenger service. Her tragic history

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 1967 Oct 25 - T.E.V.  Hinemoa of 1946 dressed for her final passage to Wellington. 

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1972 - Bibliography: Diary of the Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctic 1910-1912, Edward Wilson, London.

1972 - Closure of rail passenger service to Christchurch.

1975 - Bibliography: FAIR WINDS & ROUGH SEAS: THE STORY OF THE HOLM SHIPPING COMPANY by Allan Kirk.  Tells the story of the little ships of Holm, a fleet that traded in New Zealand coastal waters and across to Australia, to the Pacific Islands, and even to the Antarctic. The Holms had to face and beat keen competition and economic recessions as well as the conventional hazards of wind and year. The blackest year was 1959, when the Holmburn caught fire at Lyttelton, and two lives were lost, and when the Holmglen was mysteriously lost with all hands off Timaru. Other major losses included the sinking of the Holmwood in 1940 by a German raider, and the wreck of the Holmbank in Peraki Bay in 1963.

1976 - Sep 15 - End of inter-island passenger service to Wellington, with the withdrawal of the T.E.V. Rangatira from service.

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1976 - Population: 3,327. Source: Pear's Cyclopaerdia, 1980-81. 

1977 - Jun - First container crane in operation at Cashin Quay.

1978 - June 11 - 460 tonne Tongan freighter Kemphaan caught fire off Banks Peninsula, towed into port she was sunk off the harbour by RNZAF bombing six days later. 

1978 - 28.3 metre Tug Godley enters service.

1981 - Steam tug Lyttelton II sold to Sydney for $16,000.

1981 - Population: 2,917 Source: NZ Govt. Yearbook. 

1982 -  Harbour Light Theatre at 24 London Street ceased to be a cinema.

1983 - June 1 - Spirit of Free Enterprise reintroduces a nightly cargo service to Wellington.

1984 - Bibliography: Godley Head and Battery Point: A History of Coastal defence during World War II, D. A. Buckley (ed), Ministry of Defence.

1984 - Ship arrivals; coastal: 612, overseas: 367.

1986 - Harbour Board Building on Norwich Quay completed.

1986 - Population: 2,871. Ship arrivals; coastal: 606, overseas: 298. Source: NZ Govt. Yearbook. 

1987 - Mar 31 - Population: 2,870 (Estimated) 

1989 - Lyttelton Harbour Board abolished. Shares in the Lyttelton Port Company allocated to regional authorities.

1989 - Lyttelton Municipal  Borough amalgamated into the Banks Peninsula District Council.

1990 - Bibliography: Quail Island. A Link with the Past, Peter Jackson, Christchurch. 

1991 - Bibliography: The Port Hills of Christchurch, Gordon Ogilvie, Auckland.

1992 -  Former Harbour Light Cinema converted to a Licensed Entertainment & Function Venue, with mostly live music, specialising in jazz, celtic and world music.  http://www.harbourlight.co.nz  

1996 - Feb 17  - Replica barque Endeavour visits the port, exactly 226 years after her namesake.

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1996 - Jul - Public shareholding in the Lyttelton Port Company offered.

2000 - Bibliography: Defending New Zealand; Ramparts on the Sea 1840-1950s, P. Cooke, Wellington.

2000 - Replica barque Endeavour returns to the port.

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2002 - Nov  - The $7 million Tug Blackadder enters service.

 Under construction at Auckland (1152 x 864 px)

Photo: Phillip C    (1024 x 742 px)

2003 - Mar - The 1960 Steam Dredge Peraki sold to Manila.

2003 - Mar 2 - 8:36 PM - London Street, Westerly aspect from Oxford Street intersection.

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2003 - Jul - The 28.3 metre Tug Godley of 1977 sold to Hobart.

2003 - November - 44 cruise ships will bring 38,000 pasengers to the port by April 2004.

Cruise ship Astor at No.2 Wharf, 2004.  (480 x 640 px)

2003 - Dec 5 - The 290 metre, 108,865 ton, Star Princess becomes the largest cruise ship to berth.

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2004 - Jun - Harbour panorama, SE aspect, with Governors Bay to Right and Quail Island & Diamond Harbour in the middle distance.

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2005 - Jan 20  - The last inter-island passenger ferry TEV Rangatira broken-up as the Alexander the Great at Aliaga, Turkey.

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2005 - Feb 9 - Cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 at port.

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2005 - Mar 20 - Frigate HMNZS Canterbury makes final visit before decommissioning.

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2005 - Mar 30 - 16:41 PM - Southerly aspect of No.2 Wharf. 

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2005 - June 22 - Elevated Southeasterly panorama across Erskine Bay to Diamond Harbour.

Photo: Suzysays (1024 x 768 px)

2005 - Dec 31 - Northwest aspect from Purau Bay. The 44,348 ton P&O cruise ship Artemis, out of Sydney, at Cashin Quay. She was built in 1984 as the Royal Princess.

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2005 - Christchurch City Council largest shareholder in the Lyttelton Port Company (65%), Port Otago Ltd 15%, public: 15%, other regional authorities: 5%.

2005 - Four stevedoring companies at the Port; Lyttelton Port Company, Pacifica Shipping, Lyttelton Stevedores and Toll

2006 - Feb 26 - Elevated Easterly aspect of the harbour from Quail Island.

 Photo: Kate Bodger  (1024 x 768 px)

 

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