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From Stuff Century-old schooner uncovered by shifting sand at Muriwai beach  
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The shipwreck was discovered by a Muriwai resident.

 

A ship, believed to be the 153-year-old Daring shipwreck, has been discovered on a West Auckland beach.

The wreck was uncovered by shifting sands at Muriwai beach and spotted by a local resident on May 27.

However, scavengers have already taken parts of the "rare" find from the historic site.

Auckland Council Heritage Unit confirmed the wreck was identified to be the Daring – a schooner driven ashore in a severe gale in 1865.

A team from New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), Auckland Council archeologists and Department of Conservation staff visited the site on May 29 to cordon off the area and begin investigations.

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A shipwreck discovered along the coast of the Kaipara range is investigated by archaeologist Greg Walter (left) and Auckland Council Cultural Heritage specialist Rob Brassey.

 

The wreck was partially buried on the beach and inside the NZDF Kaipara Air Weapons Range.

It was extremely rare for a wreck of this age to have survived in such a good condition, the heritage team said.

The 17 metre-long schooner was a two-masted ship carrying a cargo of grass seed when it was driven onto the beach near South Head on the Kaipara Harbour.

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The ship appeared to be a 156-year-old schooner.

 

It had been built just two years earlier in Mangawai and owned by an Onehunga man.

A historic news article from the National Library of New Zealand said the Daring was sailing from Taranaki to the Manukau when it found itself opposite the Kaipara heads.

Auckland Council Heritage Unit principal specialist Robert Brassey said the wreck was already being preyed upon by scavengers.

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Archaeologists from the New Zealand Heritage team were investigating the origin of the ship.

 

"Someone has been selfish enough to have damaged the ship within days of it being exposed by scavenging timber off it," Brassey said.

"Several deck planks and a section of railing have been removed from the wreck."

He said it was astounding that someone would damage a historical site.

NZDF was warning people to stay away from the wreck at all times or risk trespassing.

The wreck was on an archeological site protected under the provisions of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act.

Public access to the range was banned at all times including when there was no military activity, council said.

"An archaeological authority from Heritage New Zealand is required before anyone can modify or damage this site," Beverley Parslow of Heritage New Zealand Auckland Area said.

"This wreck is part of the nation's history and needs to be recorded in the first instance without being tampered with.

"Its full story can then be told for all New Zealanders to appreciate and learn from.

"That story is not as complete with parts of the wreck missing due to fossickers taking items that do not belong to them."

Under the Act, any person damaging or destroying any part of the wreck or wreck site was liable to a fine of up to $60,000.

 - Stuff

 
 
 

 

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I agree. It's in great condition and should be going somewhere, otherwise, how cares if she gets hacked up. Maybe some nice coffee tables could be made from her timbers. Left where she is, she will be gone in the next bit of bad weather, or torn apart even and then cutting her up is a mute point. They should get the diggers in while we have some days of good weather and get the thing out of there.

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Be nice to get Greg's take on it but I reckon it'll be damn near impossible to move. It's full to the deck with sand. You'd need to dig that out by hand (or maybe dredge) as you dug around the perimeter.

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as it's technically within the south kaipara weapons range

 

if the military saw they could get some positive mileage from it

 

they could dig it out and move it somewhere as an exercise \

 

but it would have to be budgeted from existing funds

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